Maria Hinojosa barely nudges the five foot mark. But she stands tall as an award winning journalist with a powerful voice, great wit, intelligence, and tenacity. All of which she shared with me when we recorded a conversation prior to her speaking at the University of Washington on November 1st. The YouTube link is attached below.
Her lecture was titled: Testing the Limits of Due Process Denial: Latinos and Immigrants as the Canaries in the Mine. Immigration and America’s changing demographics have been a major of focus of Hinojosa’s reporting in recent years. She is an immigrant from Mexico who became an American citizen.
In 1992, she helped to launch Latino USA on NPR, becoming the program host and executive producer. As a correspondent for CNN she covered the terrorist attacks on 9-11. She has reported for numerous PBS programs and was the first Latina to anchor a Frontline episode, Lost in Detention, a documentary exploring the issue of deportation, immigrant detention and abuse.
In 2010, she founded The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American experience.
In our conversation, we talked Trump, Latinos, immigration and challenges faced by journalists today. Check it out, please. Thank you!