Updated: July 3, 2013 6:08AM
Governors State University will award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to about 1,500 graduates at its June 8 morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
GSU is awarding an honorary doctorate to Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning journalist. She will speak at 10 a.m.
Hinojosa has had a 25-year career with well-known news organizations, including CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, and WGBH in Boston. She was the first Latina to be employed at NPR, the first Latina correspondent at CNN, and the first Latina anchor at PBS.
Those “firsts,” she said, gave her a great sense of the responsibility to represent an entire community at editorial meetings.
As the anchor and executive producer of her own weekly NPR show, “Latino USA,” and anchor of the talk show “Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One,” she has informed millions about the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States.
As a senior correspondent for “NOW” on PBS, and now a contributing correspondent for “Need to Know” on the network, Hinojosa has covered hundreds of stories. Her reporting has focused on immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, and the poor in Alabama.
Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including four Emmys, the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.”
She is the author of two books, including a memoir, “Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son.”
GSU’s commencement ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 8. Admission is by ticket only.