Hinojosa speaking in 2013
July 2, 1961 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|Known for||Latino USA|
|Awards||John Chancellor Award
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
Edward Murrow Award (Overseas Press Club of America)
Maria Hinojosa (born July 2, 1961) is an award winning journalist. She is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, a public radio show devoted to Latino issues. She is also the founder, president and CEO of Futuro Media Group, which produces the show.
Additionally, she serves as the executive producer of America By the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston Georgia which premiered on PBS as a Need to Know Election 2012 special on September 21, 2012. In 2011, she became the first Latina to anchor a Frontline report on PBS (Lost in Detention, a documentary exploring the issue of deportation and immigrant detention and abuse). Since 1995, she has been named three times as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for her work as a reporter for CBS, NPR, and CNN.
In 1992, Hinojosa helped launch Latino USA, one of the earliest public radio programs devoted to the Latino community. She has been the host of the show for its entire 20-year run, and since 2000 has also been executive producer.
In 2010, Hinojosa founded Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American experience. Futuro took over the production of Latino USA, which was originally produced by KUT in Austin, Texas. America by The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston Georgia is the first full length television program to be produced by The Futuro Media Group and the first public affairs program on PBS to be executive produced and anchored by a Latina woman.
Previously, Hinojosa worked for CNN's New York City bureau for eight years, where she gained recognition for her reporting on urban issues including youth violence and immigrant communities; and she was Senior Correspondent for the PBS news magazine, NOW on PBS. She also hosted the WNBC-TV public affairs show, Visiones.
Hinojosa hosted her own show for five years on PBS, Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, an interview talk show that featured one-on-one interviews with a diverse group of guests, including actors, writers, activists, and politicians. She has also appeared on V-me, the Spanish-language TV network, where she hosted La Plaza: Conversaciones con María Hinojosa.
Hinojosa has written 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.
In addition, she interviewed various notable Latinos(as) for Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ 2011 HBO television special The Latino List. The special inspired the publication of a beautifully rendered photo book, The Latino List/La Lista De Latinos, co-authored by Hinojosa that includes transcriptions of their interviews. The Latino List: Volume Two premieres on HBO on September 24, 2012. Hinojosa began hosting the National Public Radio show Latino USA in 1995 and continues to host today. Latino USA is produced exclusively by The Futuro Media Group.
Honors and awards
Hinojosa has won numerous honors and awards for her work, most recently the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Other recognition includes the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Radio Award, the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the National Council of La Raza's Rubén Salazar Communications Award (named for Mexican American journalist Rubén Salazar), and an Associated Press award.
In 2010, she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from DePaul University in Chicago. In 2012, she was named DePaul University’s new Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair.
She has won four Emmy Awards, including one in 2002 for coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and another in 2008 for her work on Taxing the Poor, documenting the plight of the lower class in Alabama. In 2009, she was honored with an American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Award for Individual Achievement. Hinojosa has been named among the top 25 Latinos in Contemporary American Culture by the Huffington Post.
Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One was recognized with New England Emmy Awards for Outstanding Interview Program in 2008 and 2011, and a New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Host/Moderator in 2012. In 2011, One-on-One received an Imagen Award for its contribution to the positive image of Latinos in the US.
- Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son (ISBN 0140296360)
- Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa (ISBN 0152002839)
- The Latino List/La Lista De Latinos (ISBN 0983303304)