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Jose Antonio Vargas

Biography

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and filmmaker, is the founder and CEO of the non-profit Define American. His work has appeared internationally in TIME, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New Yorker and the Washington Post, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a reporting team. In 2014, he received the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA. He directed the documentary feature Documented and MTV special "White People," which was nominated for an Emmy Award. An elementary school named after him will open in his hometown of Mountain View, California in 2019. 

Jose Antonio Vargas

Books by Jose Antonio Vargas

by Jose Antonio Vargas - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Memoir, Nonfiction, Politics

Jose Antonio Vargas was only 12-years-old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines. He didn’t know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status --- risking his career and personal safety --- was Vargas able to live his truth. By telling his personal storY, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn’t be more relevant.