Mike Rispoli

News Voices Program Director, Free Press

Mike directs Free Press’ News Voices project, which connects local communities and the newsrooms that serve them via public engagement, advocacy campaigns and collaborative projects. He was the campaign manager of the Civic Info Bill campaign, which engaged thousands of New Jersey residents in support of the legislation that created the consortium.

Mike serves as an advisor to several journalism organizations and foundations throughout the state and around the country, has taught news reporting at Rutgers University, and served as the technical editor on the 2015 book “You: For Sale, a look at protecting user data and privacy online.”

Before joining Free Press, Mike worked for the human-rights organizations Privacy International and Access. In a past life, Mike was a journalist for the Newark Star-Ledger and covered the New Jersey statehouse for Gannett Newspapers. Mike received his master’s degree in media studies and media management at the New School in New York City and his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Marist College.