Now Reading
Pioneering Latina Journalist Maria Martin Reflects on Decades of Telling Stories Across Borders

Pioneering Latina Journalist Maria Martin Reflects on Decades of Telling Stories Across Borders

From her start as one of the first Latina news directors at the first bilingual public radio station in the U.S., and later as the founder of the national program LATINO USA, award-winning journalist Maria Martin has been an innovator and leading creative voice documenting the Latino movement for justice and inclusion. Though many of her efforts were met with resistance in “‘traditional  newsrooms’ she always gets the story out.” Her new book, Crossing Borders, Building Bridges: A Journalist’s Heart in Latin America tackles U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans.

In Crossing Borders, Building Bridges: A Journalist’s Heart in Latin America, Martin documents Latino life in the U.S starting in the 1970s, then travels to Latin America to cover the civil wars in Central America and their aftermath, including the migration story on all sides of the borders through to the present. The book will follow Martin’s trajectory as she reports on the everyday lives of those about whom she writes—from survivors of torture to politicians to families separated along the border. It will help readers understand her dilemma as she becomes a teacher and mentor to thousands of journalists in Latin America—including in some of the most dangerous countries for independent reporters (Five of her students have been killed as a result of their reporting).

Former protege Maria Hinojosa has said Martin taught her that journalism is about service and givingNPR Correspondent Mandalit del Barco writes: “Maria Martin’s remarkable career includes her groundbreaking efforts to change the sound of audio journalism for the better, by promoting Latino and Latin American culture and news, giving voice to so many whose stories have needed to be heard…” Respected communications scholar Armando Valdez calls Martin “among the finest, most insightful and courageous journalists of her generation.” 

See Also

Crossing Borders, Building Bridges: A Journalist’s Heart in Latin America is both an inspirational journey about a life well-lived despite obstacles, and a guide to young journalists and social activists trying to create change—in whatever arena. Take this journey with Maria Martin, and you will learn much about Latinos in the United States and Latin Americans on the American continent.

Scroll To Top