Award-winning Journalist to Deliver Cesar Chavez Keynote at UMKC

Maria Hinojosa anchors PBS newsmagazine Need to Know

Maria Hinojosa, a groundbreaking news anchor and reporter for PBS, NPR, and CNN, will deliver the 6th Annual Cesar Chavez Keynote Address at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Hinojosa’s address, sponsored by the UMKC Division of Diversity, Access and Equity, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday April 8 in the Multipurpose Room on the fourth floor of the Student Union, 5100 Cherry St. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at

The lecture event is the highlight of UMKC’s annual Cesar Chavez Celebration, commemorating the struggle for humane working conditions, dignity, equality and access to opportunity for all. Chavez’ effort to organize workers against unfair labor practices and unhealthy working conditions is still an issue today. The University of Missouri–Kansas City values the contribution of this civil rights leader and works to inspire a new generation of leaders.

Hinojosa has covered America’s untold stories and highlighted critical issues at home and abroad for over 25 years. As the anchor and executive producer of her long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA; and anchor of the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza; she has informed millions of Americans about the fast growing multicultural mainstream in the United States. 

Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group in April 2010 with the mission to produce multi-media journalism that explores and gives critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Previously a senior correspondent for NOW on PBS, and currently a rotating anchor for the PBS newsmagazine Need to Know, Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to stories of the poor in Alabama.

Hinojosa has received numerous awards for her work, including four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking Child Brides: Stolen Lives.


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