Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is the Founder/CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co., an award-winning digital media studio that builds creative teams and produces original shows. She is a journalism veteran with 20 years of experience as a writer, reporter, editor, syndicated columnist, book editor/scout, lecturer, audio producer, and a member of the 2020 Radio Awards Grand Jury.
“70 Million” is a documentary podcast about criminal justice reform. The second season of the series earned a Silver trophy for Narrative/Documentary podcast from the Grand Jury for episodes A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 1, The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail, and How Bail Shackles Women of Color. The series also received a Peabody Nomination.
In this edition of Content POV, Juleyka Lantigua-Williams gives the backstory of how this series came into being. Plans are underway for a third series.
"Making 70 Million with some of the most talented producers, editors, and reporters in digital audio has been a labor of love. The sheer talent and tireless dedication from reporters, editors, and producers resulted in stories that center those most impacted by the carceral state. With care and a high journalistic ethos, the 70 Million team magnified individual stories of courage, bravery, loss, and triumph that represent some of the tens of millions of Americans currently living with a criminal record."
"We set out to make 70 Million because the alarming statistics about the multiple systems of justice in the United States and their abuses need to be accompanied by images and stories of the actual cost to people, to families, and to communities. This was not about giving voice to the voiceless, but passing the mic and turning up the volume so they could speak for themselves."
- Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Founder/CEO, Lantigua Williams & Co