Changing of the Guard at Voices of NY
Voices of NY aggregates the best news stories from the city’s community and ethnic media outlets and is housed at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
“We are so pleased to have someone with Maite’s depth of experience and strong ties to the city’s ethnic press join us,” said Garry Pierre-Pierre, executive director of the J-School’s community and ethnic media initiative. Junco will also work with the New York Press Association to coordinate a new mentoring program for community and ethnic publications.
Junco spent 15 years at the New York Daily News, the last of them editing Viva New York, a weekly section focused on Latin culture and issues, and overseeing Hora Hispana, a free weekly Spanish-language paper. She joined the News in 1995 as metro editor for El Daily News, a short-lived daily bilingual paper, the first of its kind in the country. She was later assignment editor and deputy metro editor.
A native of San Juan, Junco began her career as a TV producer for Channel 24, an all-news station in Puerto Rico. She moved to New York in 1989 and first worked at El Diario-La Prensa, the nation’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper. She was also a reporter for Bloomberg News, covering immigration and religion.
Junco will succeed Indrani Sen, a long-time journalist and professor who has edited Voices since February. Sen will take a maternity leave and then return to the J-School as an adjunct instructor in January.
“Voices of NY seems like the perfect place to build on the work I feel most passionate about, bringing attention to the too-often ignored stories of immigrant New Yorkers,” Junco said.