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. To that end, in 2010, she created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, Futuro Media’s new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Hinojosa is also Anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers, the first national television series to examine our country’s dramatic demographic shifts, and Humanizing America, a digital video series that deconstructs stereotypes about the American electorate. Hinojosa is also a new contributor to the long running award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. Read More >
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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 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."