Stories From the Frontlines: UI hosts journalist Maria Hinojosa Oct. 24

Wednesday, October 9 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, acclaimed for her coverage of issues overlooked or under-reported by traditional media, will speak at the University of Idaho Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow. This event is free and open to the public.

A four-time Emmy winner, Hinojosa will present “Stories from the Frontlines: Immigration, urban reality, women and Latinos.”

“As one of the most prominent Latina journalists in our country, Maria Hinojosa has covered major stories affecting this community for the past 20 years,” said Carmen Suarez, UI’s chief diversity officer. “She is eager to share her experiences reporting on immigration, detention centers and other issues for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System with our students.”

The Division of Diversity and Human Rights, Office of Multicultural Affairs, School of Journalism and Mass Media, and Northwest Public Radio are sponsoring Hinojosa’s visit. While on campus, she will meet with faculty and student leaders, and speak with a broadcast journalism class.

“We are thrilled to have a journalist of her caliber to show our students ways to include diverse sources in their reporting,” said Kenton Bird, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Media,

He added Hinojosa brings another perspective through her independent production company, the Futuro Media Group, where she tells stories through multi-platform and community-based journalism.

As anchor and executive producer of the NPR show “Latino USA,” Hinojosa focuses on the fast-growing Hispanic-Latino community. Previously a senior correspondent for “NOW” on PBS and currently a rotating anchor for “Need to Know,” Hinojosa’s stories include New Orleans immigrant work camps after Hurricane Katrina, female teens as victims of sexual harassment on the job and Emmy Award-winning stories of the poor in Alabama.

Hinojosa’s awards include the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, Studs Terkel Community Media Award and Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for her ground-breaking documentary “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” In 2010, she was awarded an honorary degree from DePaul University in Chicago and the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting.

Earlier this year, Hinojosa taught at DePaul University as the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz chair of the Latin American and Latino Studies program. She is the author of two books including a motherhood memoir, “Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son.” Hinojosa was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago and received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College. She lives with her husband, artist German Perez, and their son and daughter in New York City.
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