Prior to joining NOW in 2005, Hinojosa spent eight years as the Urban Affairs Correspondent for CNN. Before joining CNN, Hinojosa was a news correspondent for National Public Radio in New York. Hinojosa also worked at CBS News as a radio producer for Walter Cronkite and Charles Osgood. At WNBC-TV in New York she hosted Visiones, a public-affairs talk show.
Three times over the past decade, Hinojosa has been named one of the "100 Most Influential Latinos in the United States" by Hispanic Business magazine. She has received the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of la Raza and was inducted into the "She Made It" Hall of Fame at the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio. The Paley distinction honors women trail blazers in the media.
In 2009, Hinojosa was honored with a Gracie Award for "Best TV Correspondent" from American Women in Radio and Television. Also that year, NOW won the USC Annenberg School for Communication's Cronkite Award for "Best Political Reporting".
An author of two books including a motherhood memoir, Hinojosa was named one of the "25 Most Influential Working Mothers in America" by Working Mother magazine. In 2008, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists gave Hinojosa their most prestigious distinction, The Leadership Award, and also named the NOW on PBS program, "Child Brides: Stolen Lives" Best TV Documentary. Hinojosa and NOW also won a 2008 Emmy Award for her piece "Taxing the Poor," which documented the plight of the poor in Alabama.
Hinojosa was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in Media by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, and received the Crossing Borders Award from the Feminist Press. She was also honored with the North Star News Prize in recognition of her continuing in the tradition of Frederick Douglass. Other recognitions include the Imagen Award, the Latino Leaders Eagle Leadership Award, and the Catalyst Award by the National Association of Minority Media Executives
Hinojosa's personal experiences as a Mexican-American career woman, wife and mother were published in 1999 in her critically acclaimed memoir, "Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son." In 1995 she published "Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa," a book based on her award-winning NPR report that showed how jail has become a rite of passage for young men of all races. She has also contributed essays to several books including "Why I Stay Married" and "Borderline Personalities."
Hinojosa was born in Mexico City, raised in Chicago, and is married to the artist German Perez and along with her son and daughter lives in Harlem, New York City.