For the English language audience, Helen is well known for moderating the weekly WPBT2 public affairs series Issues for over 12 years through the PBS affiliate WPBT2 in South Florida.
Recognized by Univision America Radio for her work on local Spanish-language radio in Miami and for her political analysis for Univision Network News, she was given her own live daily two hour national radio show, "Zona Politica con Helen Aguirre" specializing in news, commentary and analysis where she covered the Republican perspective for Univision Destino 2012. In addition to Univision, Helen has been a guest on PBS Newshour, CNN Headline News among others.
In print, Helen has a weekly op ed column in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. She was formerly Opinion Page Editor and columnist of Spanish language newspaper Diario Las Americas.
Helen Aguirre Ferre is passionate about education. She is the first woman to Chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in the United States. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and International Women's Forum.
Born and raised in Miami where she lives with her husband and children, Helen's parents are Nicaraguan. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University and an M.A. in Inter American Studies at the University of Miami.
Soccer is known as the “beautiful game,” but can it turn ugly with politics? Time will tell.
On the day of his 43rd birthday, Leopoldo López was not allowed to see his family. The popular opposition leader has been imprisoned in Venezuela since February under trumped-up government charges that he is leading a violent movement against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro.
On the surface, Miami-Dade County looks great. The booming real-estate market, buoyed by international investors, is literally taking the greater Brickell area to exciting new heights. The west side of downtown Miami will soon see a commuter railroad that will include an extension of Tri-Rail. The arts are thriving, museums are opening, there’s new energy emanating from Miami’s urban core.
EDUCATING OUR FUTURE
The Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan voter referendum that bans race-based admissions at state universities. Unfortunately, the 6-2 decision did little to settle the broader debate over the issue of racial preferences in school admissions that is being debated in states such as Texas and California.
Jeb Bush is ushering in the return of the compassionate conservative. Addressing an event where his father, former President George H.W. Bush, was being honored, Jeb said that immigrants who come to this country illegally do so as an “act of love” to put food on the table for their families.
Millennials are not easily impressed. According to a recent study released by Pew Research Center, 50 percent of Millennials are political independents, and almost one third are not affiliated to any organized religion. They are linked by social media, debt and distrust of people and are relatively optimistic: 49 percent believe the best years are yet to come.
Technology companies that are having difficulty penetrating into new markets because of government restrictions are finding a new ally in the GOP. According to The Wall Street Journal, Republicans are looking to become the champions of innovation supporting upstart technology companies that are disrupting traditional industries that have long been overly protected by local and or state government.
The tide may be turning against Democrats. As much as the White House tries to deny it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) played an important role in the defeat of Democrat Alex Sink to Republican David Jolly in the special election of District 13 to replace Republican Congressman C.W. Bill Young, who passed away four months ago.
It is a developer’s nightmare: Archeologists discover significant historical remains of an Indian civilization in the development of a lucrative project that will require costly changes in design. This is the case of MDM, whose MetSquare development in downtown Miami includes a hotel, cinemas, restaurants and more, might have to undergo a full redesign of the project after the discovery of an extraordinary ancient Tequesta Indian dwelling.
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL
A dog can really steal your heart. Who could resist smiling upon learning that the Davie Fire-Rescue, police and sanitation workers worked for hours to save Sugar, a 2-month-old Pomeranian who fell into a pipe in the yard.
I do not have any radical friends, although I do have friends with radically different ideas as to how to deal with Cuba. Much of the debate focuses on the embargo and how it affects making positive change in the communist country.
No one wants to celebrate the end of the year with bad news, so it is not surprising that most of us missed the results of an international study that shows we have expensive but underperforming schools where our students do not learn math.
Tuesday night was ladies’ night in our nation’s capital. Women make up half the work force and more than half of registered voters. So it should not be surprising that both parties are determined to get their attention and maybe their support in light of the all-important mid-term elections.
Pope Francis has our attention. In his first Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, he gives a nod toward liberation theology, a political movement in the Catholic Church that is a combination of Marxist political philosophy intertwined with the theology of salvation from injustice and inequality — which is remedied by government programs to redistribute wealth.
Using children to harass politicians changes neither hearts nor votes in Congress, yet that is precisely what some groups are doing in an attempt to get Republicans to approve immigration reform with a path toward citizenship.
Does an individual’s right to religious freedom also apply to the companies that individuals own and manage?