José Manuel Simián (1975) is a multicultural digital strategist, editor, writer and TV host. He has been Associate Director of Digital Strategy for HUGE, Director of Digital Strategy for Capgemini North America, Deputy Digital Editor of HOLA! USA, Executive Editor of Manero, Editor of About.com en Español, a guest on NPR, and the host of several podcasts.
His writing (English | Spanish) on politics, media and pop culture has been published by Brooklyn Magazine, the New York Daily News, Fusion, NPR’s Code Switch, Mediaite, Sports Illustrated Latino, Billboard en Español, Latina, COSAS, Qué Pasa, Etiqueta Negra, La Tercera and El Mercurio. Between 2007 and 2016 he hosted and produced Contraportada, a weekly interview segment with Latino artists and intellectuals on 24-hour news cable station NY1 Noticias. In 2016, he won a MAG award in Chile for the best lifestyle chronicle of the year with “Ho Chi Minh City a Dos Ruedas.”
Before all of this, José worked as a lawyer (JD Universidad de Chile, 2002; LLM Columbia University, 2005), and taught Jurisprudence and Law and Literature in Chile. He lives in Brooklyn.