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Helen Aguirre Ferre

​Helen Aguirre Ferré is a bilingual, bicultural communications specialist and media strategist with over 25 years in journalism that includes television, radio and print serving both English and Spanish language audiences. She has extensive experience in advocacy on behalf of public, private and non-profit institutions. Aguirre Ferré is well known in Florida as an articulate, creative, problem solver and coalition builder.
As an accomplished, award-winning, Hispanic, bilingual journalist, Aguirre Ferré is also recognized for easily weaving in and out of both Hispanic and American cultures.
For the English language audience, Helen moderated the high profile weekly public affairs show on WPBT2 (PBS affiliate), “Issues with Helen Ferré,” which reached a multi county audience from south Florida’s Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys for more than 12 years. She created, co-produced, hosted and raised funding for an investigative series for WPBT2, “Issues Reports,” to high acclaim. Additionally, Helen has been a guest on the nationally acclaimed PBS News Hour, CNN Headline News, NBC6 Miami, Newsmax, Univision and Telemundo broadcasts, amongst others.
Recognized by Univision America radio for her work as a co host for a highly acclaimed local, daily political talk show in the Greater Miami media market and for her work as a political analyst for Univision Network News, she was given her own live two-hour national radio show, “Zona Politica con Helen Aguirre,” specializing in news, commentary and analysis. Helen was an analyst for Univision Network for many national election cycles and was a regular guest analyst on Univision’s Sunday public affairs show, “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos”, as well.
In print, Helen Aguirre Ferré had a weekly Sunday opinion column in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald with a combined print circulation of over 200,000 and was the Opinion Page Editor and weekly columnist for her family owned, Diario Las Americas newspaper, which had a circulation of over 48,000.
Most recently, Helen served as an advisor to Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign developing communications strategies and management with special emphasis in the Hispanic community, including media, as spokesperson, media trainer, and surrogate coordinator, amongst others.
Aside from her career in journalism, Aguirre Ferré is a passionate advocate for higher education. She is the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest community college in the country that graduates and provides certificates to more Hispanic and Black students than any other institution in the United States. Helen also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), where she is Vice Chairman for Advocacy.
Amongst her many awards and recognitions, Helen Aguirre Ferré was admitted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, for her service in higher education, civic, philanthropic work and volunteer work for the less fortunate.
Additionally, Helen is a member of the Florida Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, a national member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she also serves on the Nominating Committee, a member of the InterAmerican Institute for Democracy, 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 Ferré has served on the board of the Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Florida Higher Education Task Force, Florida Energy Commission 2020 and Goodwill Industries of South Florida, amongst others.
As such, Helen Aguirre Ferré has received many awards and recognitions, including: Latina Pioneer, Latina Woman of Distinction, presented by Latina Style Magazine, 2014, 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 Ferré co-founded two outstanding organizations: CODeLLA, an entrepreneurship/coding immersion program for middle school Hispanic girls in underserved communities and 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 Ferré 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.

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