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Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa is a New York-based correspondent for CNN, covering urban affairs for the network. Hinojosa joined CNN in May 1997.

Hinojosa has covered numerous stories and events for the network, including the Amadou Diallo case verdict and CNN's Sept. 11 coverage, which earned her two Emmy nominations. She also covers the Monterrey Jazz Festival each year for CNN. Recently, she was the first Latina woman to produce a documentary for CNN Presents, a program titled "Immigrant Nation: Divided Country."

In February 2003, Hinojosa was part of the team of CNN correspondents and anchors that covered the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Additionally, hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Hinojosa reported from the streets of New York City with updates on the search-and-rescue mission that included one-on-one interviews with relatives and friends of those who are missing.

In 2001, Hinojosa reported a weeklong CNN/TIME magazine series The New Frontier/La Nueva Frontera, which observed the state of the U.S.-Mexican border in a post-NAFTA era. She also penned a column for TIME magazine, "Living La Vida Latina," in which she addressed Mexico/U.S. border issues and her life as a Mexican-American. Hinojosa is the first Mexican-American to write a column for TIME magazine.

Previously, Hinojosa spent six years at National Public Radio as a New York City based general assignment correspondent. During this time she also hosted Visiones, a public-affairs talk show on WNBC-TV in New York. Hinojosa continues her affiliation with NPR, anchoring Latino USA, a weekly national program reporting on news and culture in the Latino community.

In 1991, Hinojosa worked for WNYC-TV as the host of New York Hotline, a live, prime-time call-in public-affairs show. In 1990, she worked for WNYC Radio as a general assignment correspondent. From 1988-1989, Hinojosa served as a producer and researcher for CBS This Morning and, in 1987, she worked for CBS radio as a producer. Among the shows she produced for CBS Radio were Where We Stand with Walter Cronkite, The Osgood File and Newsbreak.

Lifetime Television recently honored Hinojosa for her achievements in the field of journalism during Hispanic Heritage month. She has also garnered numerous awards such as the 2002 Latino Heritage Award from Columbia University and the Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, which recognizes a journalist's body of work. In 1999, Working Mother magazine named her one of the 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in America and in the past ten years she has been listed three times as one of the top 100 most influential Latinos in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. Other awards include an Associated Press Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award, the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award, the Unity Award and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Top Story of the Year Award. She has also been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.

Hinojosa has written two books, the critically acclaimed memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son, and a book that grew from an award-winning story about gang members, Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa.

Hinojosa earned a bachelor of arts in Latin American studies, political economy and women’s studies from Barnard College, graduating magna cum laude.

 

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