Maria Hinojosa is the senior correspondent for the series NOW on PBS, the anchor and managing editor of National Public Radio’s Latino USA, and the anchor of her own Emmy Award-winning talk show One on One with Maria Hinojosa from WGBH/La Plaza. Previously, Hinojosa was the urban affairs correspondent for CNN, a news correspondent for NPR in New York, a radio producer for Walter Cronkite and Charles Osgood, and the host at WNBC-TV in New York of Visiones, a public-affairs talk show.
Hinojosa has won numerous journalism awards, including two Emmys, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking piece Child Brides: Stolen Lives. Hinojosa’s other awards are also numerous, including a lifetime achievement award in media by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, the Leadership Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Crossing Borders Award from the Feminist Press, and the North Star News Prize in recognition of her continuing in the tradition of Frederick Douglass. She has received the Imagen Award and the Latino Leaders Eagle Leadership Award.
Hinojosa is also an established author. Her personal experiences as a Mexican-American career woman, wife, and mother were published in 1999 in her memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son. In 1995 she published Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa, a book based on her NPR report that showed how jail has become a rite of passage for young men of all races. Hinojosa was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and is married to the artist German Perez. They live in Harlem with her son and daughter.