Latino USA Wins 2014 Peabody Award

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NPR’s Weekly Radio Show Produced by The Futuro Media Group Receives Prestigious Award for “Gangs, Murder and Migration in Honduras” Episode

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NPR’s Latino USA is a recipient of the 74th Annual Peabody Awards, winning the category in Radio/Podcast for their “Gangs, Murder and Migration in Honduras” episode. There were nearly 1,200 Peabody Award entries this year with only 40 winners representing the best of the best of the media from the 2014 calendar year.

“We’re thrilled and humbled to receive the Peabody Award, especially being among the company of this year’s distinguished broadcast honorees,” says Maria Hinojosa, Executive Producer and Anchor of Latino USA. “The program and our parent company, The Futuro Media Group, have always aimed to define the conversation about our times and society with an authentic voice and to help give a voice to the voiceless. During our on-the-ground reporting in Honduras, we explored the root causes of why so many migrants are leaving Honduras to travel to the U.S., including the extortion business that powers the country's violent gangs.”

The Honduras episode is a portrait of a country and people in crisis. It looks at the issue of Central American migration, especially the child migration story that dominated headlines in 2014. The producers explore the economics behind the country’s sky-high murder rate, tell the stories of the hardships Honduran migrants experience in Mexico, and finally, look at what happens to deported Hondurans when they return to the dangerous situations that compelled them to leave in the first place.

"Gangs, Murder and Migration in Honduras" was created by Latino USA Producer Marlon Bishop, who traveled to Honduras for several weeks to report many of the stories heard in the episode, with funding from Round Earth Media. In Honduras, Marlon worked alongside veteran local journalists who helped him gain perspective and access in a place where many are scared to speak to the press for fear of retribution. For photos, visit http://bit.ly/1CTqF11.

Latino USA is produced by The Futuro Media Group and is NPR’s only national program about Latino news and culture. Latino USA recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a new, hour-long format. Executive Producer and Anchor Maria Hinojosa tells America’s untold stories and brings to light unsung heroes in the U.S. and abroad. Recent episodes have covered undocumented home owners facing risky options, Chicago’s fight over street vending, a Dominican cartoonist fighting for raising minimum wage, a day in a New York City bodega and more.

Latino USA airs on 141 radio stations across the U.S., including WNYC in New York on Sundays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST.

The Peabody Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street with two-time Peabody Award winner Fred Armisen as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information on Latino USA or The Futuro Media Group, visit http://latinousa.org or http://www.futuromediagroup.org.

About The Futuro Media Group:
The Futuro Media Group is an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, The Futuro Media Group is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media.

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