Helen Aguirre Ferré is an award-winning, bilingual journalist who maneuvers through various media platforms to deliver the news and analysis in print and broadcast media.
At Univision Radio she co hosts “Prohibido Callarse” the highly rated daily political talk show at WQBA 1140 AM specializing in news, commentary and analysis. Helen Aguirre is a political analyst for Univision Network “Destino 2012” covering the national political election cycle on national news casts.
For the English language audience, Helen is known for moderating the weekly WPBT2 public affairs series Issues reaching audiences from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys through the PBS affiliate WPBT2.
In print, Helen Aguirre Ferre is the Opinion Page Editor and weekly columnist at Florida’s oldest independent Spanish language newspaper Diario Las Americas and contributes to UnivisionNews.tumblr.com
Aside from her career in journalism, Aguirre Ferre is passionate about providing access in education to students of all ages and backgrounds. She is the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College, 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) in the United States.
Additionally, she is a member of the Florida Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, a national member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Community Television Foundation of South Florida, a member of the Inter American Institute for Democracy, an advisory board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the Angels of Mercy, Mercy Hospital, The Mater Center and the American Nicaraguan Foundation.
As such, Helen Aguirre Ferre has received many awards and recognitions, including: Distinguished Journalist 2012 Latin American Chamber of Commerce (CAMACOL), Woman Extraordinaire 2011; 100 Most Influential People, Poder Magazine; Professional Mother of the Year 2010 from the Cuban American National Council, Alumni of Distinction in Journalism Barry University 2009; Florida Woman of Distinction Award 2009; Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism from Saint Anselm College 2008; the Chairman’s Award of the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross 2007; Women’s History Coalition Women of Impact Award 2007; Award of Distinction American Nicaraguan Foundation 2006; Distinguished Woman Professional Cuban Woman’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 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. She was also appointed to the Florida State Committee of Higher Education Access Task Force, 2005 and the Florida Energy 2020 Commission, among others.
Helen Aguirre Ferré holds a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University and an M.A. in Inter American Studies from the University of Miami, Florida.