Maria Hinojosa at 50th Hays Press Enterprise Lecture on April 9, 2019. (UCR/Stan Lim)

Journalist Maria Hinojosa delivers speech, meets with students

She presented the 50th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture with powerful messages

April 10, 2019
Author: Sandra Baltazar Martinez
April 10, 2019

Investigative journalist Maria Hinojosa spent the day at UC Riverside.


The executive producer and anchor of “Latino USA,” the Peabody Award-winning show that airs on National Public Radio, delivered the 50th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Tuesday, April 9. In addition to the lecture, Hinojosa dedicated the rest of her time to meeting with faculty and students. 


Throughout her journalistic career, Hinojosa has traveled the country to report on stories that impact all Americans. During her speech, she alluded to those stories and left the audience with a key takeaway: be engaged citizens, ask questions, and be open to stepping out of your comfort zone in order “to have a conversation with people who are most unlike you.”


In an intimate gathering at the Tomás Rivera Library, 40 students asked Hinojosa for advice on topics including parenting, writing a memoir, maintaining identity, and overcoming the impostor syndrome.