Helen Aguirre Ferre is an award-winning, bilingual journalist who delivers news, analysis and commentary in print and broadcast media in English and Spanish.
For more than twelve years, Helen has been the face of public affairs programming at WPBT2 (PBS affiliate) hosting the weekly series ISSUES and launched ISSUES REPORTS, an investigative arm of journalism reaching audiences from south Florida’s Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. She has also been a guest on the nationally acclaimed PBS News Hour, CNN Headline News, Real Money with Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America and Univision’s “Al Punto,” amongst others.
In print, Helen Aguirre Ferre has an acclaimed weekly column in the Sunday editions of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.
Recognized by Univision America radio for her valuable work as a bilingual talk journalist and for her work as a political analyst for Univision Network News, Helen has worked in Spanish language radio for more than six years. She hosted a live two hour daily national radio show, “Zona Politica con Helen Aguirre” specializing in news, interviews, commentary and analysis which aired in 10 major Spanish language media markets including Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and New York. Prior to that, she co hosted a radio program, “Prohibido Callarse” for the local Univision radio market in Miami. Helen has covered numerous political elections and was an analyst for Univision Network political coverage “Destino 2012” and “Destino 2010”covering the national political election cycle on national news casts and Univision’s Sunday public affairs show “Al Punto” hosted by Jorge Ramos.
Aside from her career in journalism, Aguirre Ferre is an advocate for education. She is the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest community college in the country, and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Taking it straight to the students, Helen is a frequent speaker at MDC student/faculty events, Florida International University and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
Additionally, Helen is an active national member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Women’s Forum; the Miami Dade College Foundation, an advisory board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, amongst others. Previously, Helen Aguirre Ferre has served on the board of the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Goodwill Industries of Miami, Florida Higher Education Task Force, and Florida Energy Commission 2020.
As such, Helen Aguirre Ferre has received many awards and recognitions, including: Latina Pioneer 2014, Latina Women of Distinction 2014 presented by Latina Style Magazine; Distinguished Journalist 2012 Latin American Chamber of Commerce (CAMACOL); 100 Most Influential People Poder Magazine 2012; Professional Mother of the Year 2010 Cuban American National Council; Alumni of Distinction in Journalism Barry University 2009; Florida Woman of Achievement 2009; Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism Saint Anselm College 2008; Spectrum Chairman’s Award of the south Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross 2007; Women’s History Coalition Woman of Impact Award 2007; Distinguished Woman Professional Cuban Women’s Club 2006; CAMACOL Woman Business Professional 2006; Distinguished Alumni Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Academy 2005; Barry University Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award 2000; Dynamic Woman’s Award American Cancer Society, Professional of the Year Hispanic Media 100, amongst others.
Aguirre Ferre co-founded Operation Saving Lives which was a humanitarian task force responsible for sending significant contributions of medicine, food and clothing to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America in 1998.
Helen Aguirre Ferre holds a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and an M.A. in Inter American Studies from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.