A Colombian activist who has reported about Colombia for over 25 years. He is professor of Radio, Television, Film at Hofstra University, and author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization (Seven Stories, 2004)
Mario A. Murillo is Professor in the Radio, Television, Film department at The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University, where he has served as Department Chair for several years, as well as coordinator of the Audio/Radio Production and Studies academic program. He also serves as the Executive Producer of The Morning Show on WRHU Radio 88.7FM, the award-winning, community-licensed broadcast station of Hofstra University. He has worked in commercial, public, community, and university radio for 30 years. He is a longtime host and producer on WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio, where he has served as Interim Program Director, Director of Public Affairs Programming, and anchored its long-running morning show Wake Up Call. An award-winning radio feature reporter and producer, he has reported regularly for NPR's Latino USA, served as guest host on WNYC New York Public Radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show (www.wnyc.org), and has written a regular column for El Diario/La Prensa, New York’s largest Spanish-language daily. Mario has written and reported extensively about Latin America for a variety of publications and media outlets, and in 2008-2009, he spent six months in Colombia as a Fulbright Scholar, where he worked in the Communication Department of the Universidad Pontifícia La Javeriana in Bogotá. His research, carried out in close collaboration with the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, ACIN, has focused on the strategic uses of communication of the indigenous movement in Colombia, the subject of his forthcoming manuscript. He is the author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization (Seven Stories, 2004), and Islands of Resistance: Puerto Rico, Vieques and U.S. Policy (Seven Stories, 2001).