Skip to Content

Menu Faculty


Mario A. Murillo

Professor of Radio, Television, Film


MA, 2003, New York Univ (NYU); BA, 1988, New York Univ (NYU)


Mario Alfonso Murillo is Professor in the Radio, Television, Film department in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, where he teaches courses in radio journalism and documentary production, media studies, and Latin American studies, among other subjects. As a journalist, radio documentarian, writer and researcher, he has focused much of his attention on the cultural and social role public interest, community-oriented radio plays in local and national contexts, and considers citizen’s media to be a fundamental tool of cultural affirmation, artistic expression, civic engagement, and political participation, all of which are the underlying themes of his current project, the manuscript Voices of Resistance: Indigenous Media and the Struggle for Social Justice in Colombia.

He has worked in commercial, public, community, and university radio for over 28 years in various creative capacities. He was a longtime host and producer on WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio in New York, where he served as director of Public Affairs Programming from 1989-1998 and anchored its long-running morning drive public affairs and news show Wake Up Call for over twelve years. An award-winning radio feature reporter and documentary producer, he has reported regularly for NPR's Latino USA as its New York correspondent, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Pacifica Network News, among other outlets. Since 2001, he has served as special guest host on WNYC New York Public Radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show ( He also was a news reporter for 1010 WINS AM, the top-rated all-news radio station in New York from 1986 to 1989. Currently, he serves as executive producer of Morning Wake Up Call, the public affairs news/talk program heard on WRHU 88.7FM ( every Monday-Friday from 7:00 to 9:00am, the community-licensed radio station of Hofstra University.

He is the author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization (Seven Stories, 2004), and Islands of Resistance: Puerto Rico, Vieques and U.S. Policy (Seven Stories, 2001). He has written about Latino culture, immigration, indigenous issues, community media, Latin American affairs, human rights and U.S. foreign policy for many years, his articles and essays published in academic journals, edited collections, newspapers, websites and popular magazines in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years, he has written a regular guest column for El Diario/La Prensa, New York’s largest Spanish-language daily.

In 2008-2009, Mario spent six months in Colombia, as a Fulbright Scholar, where he worked in the Communication Department of the Universidad Pontifícia La Javeriana in Bogotá, alongside its radio station Javeriana Estereo. His Fulbright research work was carried out in close collaboration with the Communication Committee of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, ACIN, and focused on the strategic uses of communication of the indigenous movement in Colombia.

In July 1999 and August 2000, he served as visiting professor at the School of Communication at the Autonomous University of Asunción in Paraguay, where he taught radio journalism classes. He has also conducted radio production workshops at conferences and seminars, both in the United States and throughout Latin America. In the past, he has taught radio production and media studies courses at New York University, the New School for Social Research, and the City College of the City University of New York. He has also presented papers and given keynote presentations at academic and industry conferences on four continents.

He has a B.A. degree in International Politics and Journalism from New York University, and an M.A. degree in Media Ecology, also from New York University.

Teaching Interests

Radio news and feature production, documentary for radio, media aesthetics and literacy, Latin American media, citizen's media and community development.

Research Interests

Indigenous communities, Colombia and U.S. policy, community development and citizen's media.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
Photo of Mario Murillo

L Herbert School Of Comm
Send an Email

Hofstra Campus
Hofstra Events

Translate Our Site

Use Google Translate to read our site in your language.


If you are having any difficulty using this website, please contact the ITS Service Desk at or by calling 516-463-7777. Please identify the webpage address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered and we will address the issue. If you have a disability-related question regarding accessing the website, contact Student Access Services at or call 516-463-7075.

About Hofstra

Hofstra University is an EO/AA/ADA educator and employer.
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY // Hempstead, New York 11549-1000 // (516) 463-6600 © Hofstra University All Rights Reserved