UA Hosting Special Event with NPR's Maria Hinojosa

Arizona Public Media
Oct. 5, 2012

Arizona Public Media, in partnership with the UA Hispanic Alumni Association and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will host a special event with prominent journalist Maria Hinojosa.

"America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston Georgia," a special screening and town hall discussion with Hinojosa,  will be held Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the UA the Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Rd.

The special event will begin with a meet and at the UA School of Architecture. The meet and greet will be followed a 6 p.m. screening of "America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston, Georgia" and a town hall discussion, both at the Center for Creative Photography.

For 25 years, Hinojosa has helped tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. She is the anchor and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American experience.

Additionally, Hinojosa is the anchor of the Emmy-award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza. She was just recently awarded the John Chancellor Award from the Columbia Journalism School, presented annually for cumulative career accomplishments.

Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories—including the immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, and Emmy-award winning stories of the poor in Alabama—previously as a senior correspondent for PBS' Now and currently as a contributing correspondent on PBS' Need to Know.

Throughout her career Hinojosa has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast. As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa told groundbreaking stories about youth and violence and immigrant communities. During her eight years as a CNN correspondent Hinojosa took viewers into communities that had never been shown on television. Her investigative journalism presses the powerful for the truth while giving voice to lives and stories that illuminate the world we live in.

"America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston Georgia" is the story of a small town of 7,500 people that has gone from being 90 percent white in the 1980s to less than 14 percent white today.

Located in the shadow of Stone Mountain, once a gathering place for Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, Clarkston today is home to thousands of refugees from Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Bhutan – along with some forty other countries. This Need to Know Election 2012 special, an intimate look at how changing demographics are reshaping the political landscape of America, aired on PBS 6 on Sept. 21st.

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