Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for over 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
By utilizing a roundtable discussion format, Issues offers a balanced blend of fact reporting and important perspectives. More than just traditional news reporting, Issues goes further, examining national, state and local topics and their effects on the South Florida community.
Award-winning journalist Helen Aguirre Ferré leads roundtable discussions on such topics as the state's foreclosure crisis, urban sprawl and the environment, gambling expansion and election reform. Each weekly exchange responds to the events that affect the community with in-depth analysis and thoughtful examination.
Issues airs on Fridays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 12:00 pm on WPBT2.
For the English language audience, Helen has 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 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 amongst 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, amongst others.
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.