Award-Winning Journalist Maria Hinojosa to Address 2018 Luncheon

Maria Hinojosa is the featured speaker for The Community Foundation’s 14th Annual Power of the Purse® taking place May 22. Her talk, “My American Experience: Immigration, Disparity and Opportunity,” will address the critical issues of migration, immigration and changing demographics.  The event benefits CFWNC's Women's Fund endowment.

Journalist Maria Hinojosa

“In Hinojosa’s nearly 30 years as a journalist, she has reported hundreds of important stories, often from marginalized communities,” said Elizabeth Brazas, President, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. “Our country’s changing demographics are forcing a national debate about the future. We look forward to exploring these topics with Maria.” 

In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, a nonprofit producing multimedia journalism that explores diversity and tells stories that may be overlooked by mainstream media.  As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR; Anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa; and Co-host of In The Thick, Futuro Media's new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the evolving cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Hinojosa has worked for CNN, PBS, CBS, WNBC and WGBH. Her previous projects include PBS’ Need to Know series and the WGBH/La Plaza talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Hinojosa has received numerous awards for her work including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; 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 “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” 

Hinojosa was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago. She received her BA from Barnard College. She is currently the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago and a Global Post ‘Voces’ columnist. 

La interpretación simultánea en español estará disponible para el evento de Power of the Purse este año. Por favor llame 828-785-4740 o déjenos saber por correo electrónico ( si usted requiere servicios interpretativos.

View and order prints from the 2017 Power of the Purse online photo gallery.

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Power of the Purse® is brought to you by CFWNC and made possible by generous sponsors.

2017 Power of the Purse® Featured Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was the featured speaker at the sold-out 13th Annual Power of the Purse® held in Asheville.  After providing background and context, Goodwin used her deep knowledge of four presidents – Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson – to lay out traits that have historically served sitting presidents well.  She called for the creation of a national service program for young people as one way to bridge the political polarization of current times.  She also endorsed more women serving in political office as women seem instinctively to collaborate and seek balance.  

The afternoon included the announcement of $270,000 in grants made by the Women for Women giving circle. The 2017 Power of the Purse® raised $73,000 for The Women’s Fund, a CFWNC permanent endowment.  Proceeds from The Women’s Fund are distributed through the Women for Women grant program. 


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