Helen Aguirre Ferre is an award-winning, bilingual journalist who maneuvers through various media 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 and is now launching ISSUES REPORTS, an investigative arm of journalism 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 CNN Headline News.
In print, Helen Aguirre Ferre has a weekly column in 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 been on Spanish language radio for more than six years. She hosted her own 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. Helen has covered numerous political elections and was an analyst for Univision Network “Destino 2012” covering the national political election cycle on national news casts and Univision’s Sunday public affairs show “Al Punto”, as well as in previous years.
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 (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 has served as a student mentor at MDC.
Additionally, Helen is a 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, an advisory board member of the Angels of Mercy of Mercy Hospital in Miami, The Mater Center and the American Nicaraguan Foundation. Previously, Helen Aguirre Ferre has served on the board of the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Goodwill Industries of Florida, Florida Higher Education Task Force, Florida Energy Commission 2020, amongst others.
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.
Although her family hails from Nicaragua, Helen was born and raised in Miami where she currently resides.