Emmy-Winning & Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. Futuro does this in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. Hinojasa’s Pulitzer Prize winning podcast, “Suave”, focuses on her relationship with David Luis "Suave" Gonzalez, in addition to telling the story of thousands of other people sentenced to die in prison for a crime they committed as a minor. “Suave” is gut-wrenching, deeply personal, and full of heart. Read More >
From Invisible to Visible
On Being a Powerful Latina in the Media | PBS NewsHour
On Latinas and Mental Health
Owning Your Voice
The Future of Democracy
La Lucha: The Struggle for One Day
We Have to Own Our Voice
Immigrants are the Character and Face of America
Journalist Schools Trump Advisor Who Used The Term 'Illegals'
Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has collaborated with the most respected networks and is known for bringing humanity to her reporting. Maria understands firsthand how social determinants can influence and damage lives and communities. In this keynote, she relates the history of US immigration policy that has brought us to where we are today, as she shares her deeply personal story to help elevate the conversation around disparities, hoping to make a difference in lives now and for future generations, because this affects all Americans. Read More >
Based on her book, Once I Was You, Maria offers a personal and eye-opening account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also enabled willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today. Read Less ^
For award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, it was a lesson taught to her by her mom, who stood up to a burly immigration agent to make sure all of her children were admitted into the United States from Mexico. No matter what you’re up against, own your voice, she said. It’s an example Hinojosa has used throughout her career — often she was the only Latina in a newsroom and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind — and teaches to her students at Barnard College, where she is the school’s first journalist in residence. It’s also the lesson that led her from an intern to a full-time journalist at NPR to CNN to PBS to her own national media company, Futuro Media. In this insightful keynote, Hinojosa shares her deeply personal story of how being different from everyone else can be your greatest strength by using your own narrative. “In our worst moments, we have to imagine that we can, in fact, take hold of our own power and eat our fear … Use your own voice, your own narrative and the power that you have,” she says.
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.
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.
Hear Maria Hinojosa discuss how we can eliminate healthcare disparities, the importance of diversity in the workforce, health literacy and cultural competency. Maria’s wealth of experiences and knowledge she brings from her over 30 years as a journalist, as well as other projects she has worked on throughout her career, will illuminate the need for change.
"Maria is a master storyteller. Equal parts poignant and inspiring, her message of hope and humanity lifted up our audience of frontline healthcare workers and paid tribute to their commitment and the sacrifices that they make each and every day."
"Maria was incredible. She immediately connected with our students and their connection only continued to grow."
"Maria's talk was SO well received. Her work, her books, and our zoom conversation -- have all changed me, broken, mended, and opened my heart, and I am so appreciative. Many of our conference attendees told me this was the highlight for them of the conference, so ZOOM did NOT matter! She reached people deeply, and books flew off our shelf. And people who have always thought of themselves as educated on these issues and involved said they realized they do not know or do enough and committed themselves to action. We are so grateful to her for being with us and contributing her whole self in such a powerful and impactful way, instilling in people much-needed education, language, consciousness, and hope. Her call to action was mobilizing."
"Maria was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. The participants really enjoyed her comments and insight."
"The event was a huge success! Our students enjoy themselves and faculty was really excited about her visit. She is such a lovely person, very down to earth and took the time to get everyone’s name at the reception. Thank you for suggesting her for our campus!"
"We received a great deal of positive feedback from the audience, many of whom were personally moved by her commitment to issues related to migration, immigration and the faces of our changing communities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. We would certainly recommend Maria as a presenter for any organization that is focused on addressing the needs of rapidly changing communities; the understanding of patterns of migration and immigration; social justice and equity issues; and global leadership."
"I wanted to thank you for helping us with Maria Hinojosa. She had a great attitude, very professional, confidant, and was just a dynamic speaker. We had her speak at three events and two of them received standing ovations. The audiences at the charity ball would not let Maria leave even after speaking; they followed her down the hall trying to thank her. Thanks again for all your help and guidance."
"Maria Hinojosa was marvelous. She was articulate and inspiring. In her first venue, which included a good group of almost 275 students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, Maria held the attention of the audience for almost an hour with her captivating anecdotes and discussion of her journey through her career in broadcast journalism. Later with our small gathering at lunch and the group of students and staff, Maria was again candid, provocative, and visionary. Faculty and students are still commenting to me about how dynamic yet approachable she was throughout the day. She was an excellent choice to start our lecture series for this year."
"She was a delightful and gracious guest, and the audience (about 415 people) loved her. In addition to her public lecture, she also gave a taped 30-minute TV interview for our program “UO Today," visited our local NPR-affiliate radio station, and met with a group of students for an informal coffee conversation about her work. She was very generous with her time."
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