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Chancellor Fariña Announces the Appointment of Maite Junco as Senior Advisor for Communications and External Affairs

2/10/2014

Longtime Journalist to Oversee the Department's Media Relations and Government Affairs Operations

Chancellor Carmen Fariña today appointed Maite Junco to serve as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Communications and External Affairs. A journalist who spent 15 years at the New York Daily News, in addition to stints at El Diario and Bloomberg News, Junco will manage communications for the Department of Education.

“This is a new era in our school system. We are changing not just the tone we take towards our school communities, but the frequency with which we communicate with them. Communicating clearly and often to students, families, and educators is central to developing a world-class school system,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “With decades of invaluable experience, Maite will be a key member of my team. With so many successes occurring inside our classrooms, she will help us tell the stories that aren’t being told, as she’s been doing throughout her career. I’m thrilled to have her with us.”

“I always considered my work as a journalist a public service, and I’m excited and grateful to be in this new role serving the families and children of New York City. This is a vital moment for City schools, and I consider this a tremendous opportunity,” said Senior Advisor to the Chancellor Maite Junco. “Communications is largely about listening to and engaging with those we serve and with whom we work—students, families, and educators—and that is the approach I will take to this position. I’m honored to join the team.”

Junco's distinguished media career has spanned both television and print journalism. Most recently, she edited Voices of NY, a website housed in the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that aggregates the best news stories from the City’s community and ethnic media outlets. Prior to this role, Junco spent more than 15 years at The Daily News as an Assignment Editor, Borough Editor for the Queens and Long Island bureaus, and Deputy Metropolitan Editor for Enterprise, overseeing enterprise pieces covering immigrant communities. Later as Managing Editor for Hispanic publications for the News, Junco helped increase the paper’s reach to the Latino community while serving as editor for Viva, an English-language weekly section in the paper focusing on Latin culture, and Hora Hispana, a free Spanish-language newspaper. She has also been a beat reporter for immigration issues at Bloomberg LP. A native of San Juan, Junco first worked at a television station in Puerto Rico before moving to New York in 1989, where she first worked for El Diario-La Prensa. She has also worked as a spokeswoman for then-Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, President Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the White House, and the campaign to re-elect Mayor Dinkins.