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Making NOISE,

March 31-April 2, 2020
Stata Center @ MIT, Cambridge, MA

Presented by the Center for New Words
Co-sponsored by the MIT Program in Women's Studies

WAM!2006 Keynote Speakers

Maria Hinojosa

Award-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa is a senior correspondent for NOW on PBS, as well as anchor and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA.

Hinojosa is a former urban affairs correspondent for CNN. From 1988 to 1989, Hinojosa served as a producer and researcher for CBS This Morning, and in 1987 worked for CBS Radio as a producer. Among the shows she produced for CBS Radio: Where We Stand with Walter Cronkite, The Osgood File and Newsbreak.

Throughout her career, Hinojosa has garnered several awards and honors. In 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States. Also, in 1995, Hinojosa received the Robert F. Kennedy award for "Manhood Behind Bars," a story for NPR which documented how jail has become a right of passage for men of all races. In 1993, she received both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Radio Award and the New York Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Award for her NPR report, "Kids and Guns." In 1991, she won a Unity Award and the Top Story of the Year Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her NPR story on gang members entitled "Crews." Also in 1991, Hinojosa won an Associated Press award for her coverage of Mandela for WNYC Radio.

In addition, Hinojosa authored the book Crews-Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa, which was based on her award-winning NPR report. Her latest book, Raising Raul, a motherhood memoir about raising a Latino child in a multicultural society, was published by Broadway Books in 2000.

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya is a Correspondent/Substitute Host for NPR's News & Notes with Ed Gordon. Prior to joining News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET.

Chideya is also the founder of, an online journal for younger Americans. Chideya and have won awards including a MOBE IT Innovator award, being named one of Alternet's New Media Heroes, and ranking in's worldwide survey of "25 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics."

Chideya has published three books. Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans, The Color of Our Future, and Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Time, Spin, Vibe, O, The California Journal, Mademoiselle, and Essence.

Caryl Rivers

Caryl Rivers is the author of many books, including Slick Spins and Fractured Facts: How Cultural Myths Distort the News; Indecent Behavior; a collaboration with Rosalind Barnett on She Works, He Works: How Two Income Families are Happy, Healthy and Thriving; Camelot, a novel set in the Kennedy administration, and her latest book, Same Difference; How Gender Myths Are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and Our Jobs. Her television drama A Matter of Principal won a Gabriel Award as one of the best television dramas of the year. Professor Rivers contributes regularly to The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, and other major U.S. newspapers. She is a frequent public affairs panelist on Boston television stations and is considered an expert on the Kennedy family. Rivers is a Professor of Journalism at Boston University.

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