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Maria Hinojosa        

President and CEO, Futuro Media Group; Anchor and Executive Producer, "Latino USA," NPR and "America By the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa," PBS

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s only Latino news and culture show Latino USA, and anchor and executive producer for the PBS series America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In 2016, Hinojosa became the host of In The Thick, Futuro’s new political podcast, and Humanizing America, the company’s digital video series.

In April 2010, Hinojosa took a groundbreaking step by creating the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Futuro Media is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media.

In over 25 years as a journalist, Hinojosa has worked for CNN, PBS CBS, WNBC, and WGBH. Her previous projects include PBS’ Need to Know series and the WGBH/La Plaza talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a FRONTLINE report: aired in October 2011, “Lost in Detention” explored abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill to both the mainstream and Spanish-language media.

Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the restrictive immigration policies in Fremont, Nebraska, to the effects of the oil boom in North Dakota, to stories of the poor in Alabama. As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa was among the first to report on youth violence in urban communities on a national scale. During her eight years as CNN’s urban affairs correspondent, Hinojosa often took viewers into communities rarely shown on television. Now at Futuro Media, Hinojosa continues to bring attention to communities and issues usually ignored.

Hinojosa has received numerous awards for her work including: four Emmys, a 2014 Peabody Award for Latino USA, the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” In addition to her broadcast work, Hinojosa has been a weekly syndicated columnist for King Features/Hearst and is the author of two books: Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son, a motherhood memoir; and Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa, an in-depth collection of interviews with gang members in New York City.

Hinojosa was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago. She received her BA from Barnard College. She is currently the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago and a Global Post ‘Voces’ columnist. She lives with her husband, artist German Perez, and their son and daughter in Harlem.

Speech Topics


A Leading Latina on "Owning Your Voice"

Stories from the Frontlines: Immigration, Urban Reality, Women & Latinos

A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa

U.S. Mambo, Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back: The State of Latinos in the U.S.

Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in our country but the growth in numbers brings many challenges. Award winning journalist MH talks about a phenomenon she calls The US Mambo—Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back. For example, while Latinos represent a trillion dollar consumer market, more Latinos have been deported than any other time in history. While Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV, Latina teens have the highest rate of attempted suicide in the US. And while the number of Latino HS students taking the ACTs grew by 90% in the last 5 years, the city of Syracuse has a Latino drop out rate of 65%. The losers in this equation are not all Latinos. Given the future of this country will be increasingly Latino, what happens to this population will have a direct impact on the future of this country. This has to matter to all of us.

Latinos and the Media.

Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in our country, but the growth in numbers brings many challenges. Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about a phenomenon she calls “The US Mambo—Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back.” For example, while Latinos represent a trillion dollar consumer market, more Latinos have been deported than at any other time in history. While Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV, Latina teens have the highest rate of attempted suicide in the US. And while the number of Latino high school students taking the ACTs grew by 90 percent in the last five years, the city of Syracuse has a Latino dropout rate of 65 percent. The losers in this equation are not all Latinos: given the future of this country will be increasingly Latino, what happens to this population will have a direct impact on the future of this country. This has to matter to all of us.

Women and the Media.

Frontlines: Latinos & Immigration from a Woman's Perspective

One of the most prominent Latina journalists in our country, Maria Hinojosa has been covering major stories for over 20 years. In this insightful and engaging presentation, she speaks about her experiences covering immigration for NPR and PBS. As a woman and a mother, she has a particular interest in how immigration is impacting the mental health of Latinas and their families. She also speaks about how Latinos and Latinas are now the new face of the civil rights movement in our country.

A Critical Look at the Media in a Post 9/11 Reality

A Leading Latina on "Owning Your Voice"

News


NPR'S Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa, the Foremost Voice in ...

NPR's Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa expands to an hour as it launches its 20th year on public radio, starting September 6th. The broadcast is the foremost ...

How NPR’s Maria Hinojosa advised Scripps students to own their voice

As the first Latina reporter at National Public Radio, Maria Hinojosa said she has been accused of being unpatriotic, an activist and biased.

Getting to know Maria Hinojosa

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa will be the keynote speaker at the campus-wide Day of Discovery & Dialogue, to be held Feb. 24-25 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa to deliver EKU’s Hispanic Heritage Month keynote address

Award-winning reporter and news anchor Maria Hinojosa will provide “A Latina Perspective on the Politics of 2016” when she speaks at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, Sept. 22

SPOTLIGHT ON HYPHEN SHE-RO MARIA HINOJOSA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND HOST OF LATINO USA

Diana Ross's "I'm Coming Out" is blasting in the background when Maria Hinojosa picks up the phone at the Futuro Media Group office in New York City. Upon hearing the unexpected disco music, I shyly ask the Emmy-winning journalist what kind of party their staff was throwing. "Oh, it's our song of the day," she explains in her warm, exuberant voice.

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