Maria Hinojosa’s New Memoir, ‘Once I Was You’ Tackles Immigration, Identity and How to Thrive in Journalism

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Maria Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, a public radio show devoted to Latino issues. She is author of the new book, "Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America". (Kevin Abosch)

Journalist and author Maria Hinojosa was, as she put, “the first Latina in every newsroom I ever worked in." In her new memoir, “Once I Was You,” the longtime host of NPR’s Latino USA tells the story of her life as an immigrant, storyteller and advocate, as well as her challenging rise in broadcast journalism. Hinojosa details her struggles with anxiety, managing family and career, and becoming a media entrepreneur. She also provides a window into the historical events that shaped her life and stories she reported on such as the Salvadoran refugees she befriended in college who were displaced by U.S. interventions in Central America. For decades, she has covered immigrants, the immigration system and the policies behind how America treats its most vulnerable residents. We’ll talk to Hinojosa about the book and the latest news.


Maria Hinojosa, author, "Once I Was You"; CEO, Futuro Media Group