Helen Aguirre Ferré
Helen Aguirre Ferré is an award-winning, bilingual journalist who maneuvers through various platforms to deliver the news and analysis in print and broadcast media in English and Spanish.
For the English language audience, Helen is well known for hosting the weekly WPBT2 (PBS affiliate) public affairs series Issues reaching audiences from South Florida’s Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys for over 12 years. She has also been a guest on the nationally acclaimed PBS News Hour and on CNN Headline News.
In Univision America Network, Aguirre hosts her own daily, live two-hour national radio show, “Zona Politica con Helen Aguirre” specializing in news, interviews, commentary and analysis. Helen has served as an analyst for Univision Network’s “Destino 2012” covering the national political election cycle on national newscasts and on Univision’s Sunday public affairs show “Al Punto”.
In print, Helen Aguirre Ferré has a weekly column in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. She also contributes to UnivisionNews.tumblr.com and has been a guest on CNN.com, among other publications.
Aside from her career in journalism, Ms. Aguirre Ferré is passionate about providing access to education for students of all ages and backgrounds. She is the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in the country, and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). To better understand the needs of today’s students, Helen also serves as a student mentor at MDC and frequently addresses student groups.
Helen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Women’s Forum; and serves as a board member of the Miami Dade College Foundation, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami program. She’s an advisory board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Miami’s Mercy Hospital Angels of Mercy, The Mater Center and the American Nicaraguan Foundation. Previously, Helen Aguirre Ferre has served on the boards of the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Goodwill Industries of Florida, and was a member of the Florida Higher Education Task Force, and the Florida Energy Commission 2020.
Helen Aguirre Ferré has received many awards and recognitions, including: the Latin American Chamber of Commerce’s (CAMACOL) Distinguished Journalist 2012; Poder Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People – 2012; the Cuban American National Council’s 2010 Professional Mother of the Year; and Barry University’s 2009 Alumni of Distinction in Journalism. In 2009, Helen was named a Florida Woman of Achievement. Helen’s other acknowledgements include receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism from Saint Anselm College in 2008; the 2007
Spectrum Chairman’s Award from the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross; the Women’s History Coalition’s 2007 Woman of Impact Award ; the 2006 Distinguished Woman Award from the Professional Cuban Women’s Club; and CAMACOL’s 2006 Woman Business Professional Award. In 2005, she was recognized by Archbishop Curley - Notre Dame Academy as a Distinguished Alumni and in 2000, Barry University named her Outstanding Alumni of the Year. She was presented the Dynamic Woman’s Award by the American Cancer Society, and was named Professional of the Year by Hispanic Media 100 among other recognitions.
In 1998, Aguirre Ferré co-founded Operation Saving Lives, a humanitarian task force responsible for sending significant contributions of medicine, food and clothing to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America.
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.