I’m Ernesto Aguilar. I cover public media, community radio, technology and journalism for a range of outlets. I’m @eaXLR on social media. You can contact me here too,
Ernesto Aguilar discovered community radio on accident as a teenager. That brush with media informed a career in journalism rooted in creating opportunities for all Americans.
As a journalist, author, podcaster, public speaker, radio host and web developer, Aguilar’s work has focused on democracy, inclusion and engagement. Aguilar served radio station KPFT as program director for more than 11 years, counting youth radio, early adoption of social media, an HD Radio parallel programming grid companion to an award-winning FM schedule, and a complete website relaunch among his credits.
Previously, he served as KPFT’s co-director of its news department, moving the newscast to an award-winning daily half-hour. He’s counted work with the Houston Chronicle and a range of digital and print media organizations among his efforts. His writings on Latin American populism, criminal justice and economic disparity, respectively, have appeared in three books.
Aguilar now manages member station relations for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, which he joined in 2016. In the role, he helps stations bring out the best in local fundraising, programming and operations, doing everything from offering compliance guidance to assisting with on-air pledge drives.
From the transformative experience with community radio as a youth to being recognized in 2006 by BravoHouston as one of Houston’s Latino cultural leaders to watch to his work today, Aguilar’s endeavors are devoted to the important role that media plays in changing lives and the hope it offers communities of color.
Aguilar holds a degree in journalism, with minors in sociology and Women’s Studies, as well as a Management and Leadership Certification from the University of Houston.