Latino USA host to speak at UNT

Latino USA host to speak at UNT

November 16
18:55 2014

Joshua Knopp / News Editor

Monday, the Distinguished Lecture Series will bring in Edward Murrow Award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa to talk about immigration and Latin American issues in the media.

Hinojosa has worked as a journalist for 25 years for several organizations including CBS, CNN and NPR. She has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine three times since 1995. In 1992, she started the Latino USA radio program in Austin. She has anchored the program its entire 22-year existence. She also became the first Latina to host a PBS Frontline report in 2011.

“She’s won mountains of awards for her work,” communications specialist Leslie Minton said. “Bringing her here to campus is going to be a really good voice and really good experience for students.”

Distinguished Lecture Series committee member T.C. Greene said Hinojosa was selected to answer students’ requests for someone who could address Hispanic cultural issues.

“We really wanted to find diverse speakers that would engage several different groups throughout the year,” he said. “Maria was a solid choice, given her extensive work in journalism.”

Hinojosa will speak in the Auditorium at 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is free for students and they may bring a guest in for $5. Tickets are $8 to faculty, staff and alumni and $10 to the general public. They may be purchased online at

The Distinguished Lecture Series will continue next semester with Gen. Wesley Clark in February, Ta-Nehisi Coates in March and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in April.

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