Maria Hinojosa to discuss frontline immigration coverage for NPR, PBS

Maria Hinojosa in front of a brick building

By Jefferson Beavers


The Association of Latinx Faculty in the Arts and Humanities (ALFAH) presents the virtual lecture “Frontlines: Latinos and Immigration from a Woman’s Perspective” with journalist and author Maria Hinojosa.

One of the most prominent Latina journalists in our country, 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 public lecture will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 on Zoom. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. Pre-registration is required.

A free, informal meet and greet is open to Fresno State students at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 on Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

The event is sponsored by KVPR/FM89. Campus sponsors include the Institute for Media and Public Trust; the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism; the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in partnership with the California Wellness Foundation; and Interim Dean Honora Chapman, College of Arts and Humanities.

For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that gives critical voice to the voiceless by harnessing the power of independent media to tell stories that are overlooked or under reported by traditional media.

As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously, a Senior Correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently, a rotating anchor for Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy Award-winning stories of the poor in Alabama.

Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism. Latino USA won a Peabody Award in April 2015 for its 2014 episode “Gangs, Murder and Migration in Honduras.” Her awards also include four Emmys, the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the 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 2009, Hinojosa was honored with an AWRT Gracie Award for Individual Achievement as Best TV correspondent. In 2010 she was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, by DePaul University in Chicago, as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize honoring her social and economic justice reporting. In 2012 she additionally received an honorary degree from Simmons College, was named among the top 25 Latinos in Contemporary American Culture by the Huffington Post, and gave the prestigious Ware Lecture. In 2013, Hinojosa taught at DePaul University as the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz chair of the Latin American and Latino Studies program.

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast. Hinojosa is the author of two books including a motherhood memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son. She was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and received her BA from Barnard College.


This event is part of an ongoing ALFAH lecture series that brings practitioners across the Arts and Humanities to campus to speak with students and offer insights into how students might leverage their arts and humanities degrees towards career paths. Students gain direct access and interact with notable experts in their respective fields of study.

Support for this event comes from Fresno State’s Instructionally Related Activities fund.

All participants are welcome. Please email melanieh@csufresno.edu if you need special accommodations.

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