Jose Antonio Vargas
Founder, Define American
Biography
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for two 2019 Tony awards, including Best Play. In 2011, New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Founder, Define American
SPEAKER FILM
Jose Antonio Vargas — Defining American
Jose Antonio Vargas — Defining American

Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and founder and CEO of Define American, never knew he was an undocumented immigrant until he was denied a driver's license at 16. Today, Vargas has used his identity and the power of storytelling to shift the conversation on immigration, citizenship, and identity in America. Vargas's work and story asks the question, "How do you define 'American'?"