What Is GraciasVida?

GraciasVida is a media advocacy and production and training non-profit with a mission to:

  • Promote the Practice of an independent journalism in the public service.
  • Foster cross-cultural understanding.
  • Create forums for increased North/South and South/North media exchanges.
  • Use the communication media to promote a more just and peaceful world.
  • Provide diverse audiences with multiple perspectives on issues affecting Latinos and Latin America.

Projects from GraciasVida

After the Wars/ Despues de las Guerras
After the Wars An award-winning 12-part radio documentary series produced in English and in Spanish by U.S. radio reporters and their Central American colleagues–achieving a unique international collaboration. Awarded best radio production in Latin America award by the International Federation of Journalists (FIP).
Latino USA Latino USA
The radio journal of news and culture now distributed by PRX and produced by the Futuro Media Group. Maria Martin was the founding producer of this award-winning pioneer program covering U.S. Latinos and Latin America for English-language audiences.

What Do They Say About GraciasVida?

"...A unique perspective on all things Latin, both here at home and in Latin America..."

- Nancy Rios, listener

"...because of her honesty, integrity, empathy, and tech savviness, Maria and GraciasVida bring into focus the plight of many of the forgotten voices of our sisters and brothers in a very human way."

- Ana Kothe, listener

"...authentic stories that engage, provoke, enlighten and create opportunities for different endings..."

- Walter Morgan, engineer

"...offers thoughtful reporting which respects its subjects and enlightens the listener. GraciasVida offers journalism and radio experience; cultural sensitivity; intimate and profound knowledge of Mexico, Mexican-American, Latino, Latina-American and border culture; inovative information; a unifying voice willing to relocate to dangerous places to get the true story on rebels, heroes, and victims; and true caring for the problems of its subject. Gracias Vida offers invaluable resources for teaching cultural heritage, awareness, and pride in deeply complicated issues, people, and their history; it gives Latinos living in the U.S. a broader picture of their culture and their worth."

- Kathy Gronau, marketer, Los Angeles, California

"...highly produced programming which explores stories not covered in the mainstream media–stories which allow the general public to understand Latinos and Latin America.

"GraciasVida offers holistic, intelligent and diverse programming that engages the imagination and inspires progressive action–programming which contributes to the bettement of the Latino community and enriches all of us.

"In this day of corporate lowest-common-denominator programming, GraciasVida's productions stand out as brain and soul food!!!!"

- Leslie Fields, listener, Washington, D.C.

"GraciasVida offers fabulous insights. It is top quality reporting with a human connection which leaves audiences with a sense of true understanding and knowledge of the people and countries they're hearing about."

- Susan Lee, listener, Austin, Texas