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NMSU Honors College to present "Latino USA" host

Award-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa, managing editor and host of "Latino USA," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms.



Award-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa, managing editor and host of Latino USA, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms. (Courtesy Photo)

Hinojosa's presentation, "America at a Crossroads: Stories from the Frontlines of American Journalism in a Divided Country," is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces. No tickets are required and admission is free.

"Latino USA" is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective. The weekly, half-hour broadcast of news, cultural programs and public affairs features is a production partnership of KUT Radio and the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and distributed by National Public Radio and the Longhorn Radio Network to 172 stations in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In addition to hosting "Latino USA," Hinojosa is the senior correspondent for the Emmy Award-winning PBS newsmagazine "NOW." Before joining "NOW," she was the urban affairs correspondent for CNN and before that spent six years as a NPR New York-based correspondent. During this time, she also hosted "Visiones," a public affairs talk show on WNBC-TV in New York.

In 1991, Hinojosa worked for WNYC-TV as the host of "New York Hotline," a live, primetime call-in public affairs show, and in 1990 worked for WNYC Radio as a general assignment correspondent.

From 1988 to 1989, Hinojosa served as a producer and researcher for "CBS This Morning," and in 1987 worked for CBS Radio as a producer.

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has garnered several awards and honors. Three times since 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States. In 1995, Hinojosa received the Robert F. Kennedy award for "Manhood Behind Bars," a story for NPR, which documented how jail has become a rite of passage for men of all races.

In 1993, she received both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award and the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for her NPR report "Kids and Guns." In 1991, she won a Unity Award and the Top Story of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her NPR story on gang members entitled "Crews." In addition, Hinojosa authored the book "Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa," which was based on her award-winning NPR report.

Her second book, "Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son," a motherhood memoir about raising a Latino child in a multicultural society, was published by Viking-Penguin in 2000. In 1999, Working Mothers Magazine named Hinojosa one of the 25 "Most Influential Working Mothers."

Born in Mexico City, Hinojosa is a magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in Latin American studies, political economy and women's studies. Hinojosa resides in New York City with her husband and their son and daughter.

The NMSU Speakers Series, presented by the Honors College and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., Native American author N. Scott Momaday and neurologist Oliver Sacks.