CBS correspondent Mireya Villarreal to lecture at 2021 Hosokawa Awards

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter

Mireya Villarreal, a native of the Texas Rio Grande Valley, will discuss her reporting on immigration, COVID-19, and the death of Vanessa Guillén in her April 26 Hosokawa Awards lecture. Photo courtesy of CBS News.

Mireya Villarreal, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, will speak at the upcoming Hosokawa Journalism Awards on April 26. Villareal is a CBS correspondent and has worked for the CBS National News in the Southern Bureau for six years. She is based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, but covers the 16 states in the region. 

Villarreal will hold her public lecture over Zoom at 6 p.m. on April 26. The Wire’s email interview with Villarreal provides a glimpse into what she plans to share at the Hosokawa Awards next week  

The Wire: What motivated you to get into journalism?

Villarreal: I was motivated to tell people’s stories. To give a voice to the voiceless. To show people things they can’t see on their own or take them to places they’ve never been.

The Wire: What are some highlights of your career as a journalist?

Villarreal: I’ve covered major wildfires and hurricanes, interviewed celebrities like Alanis Morisette, America Ferreira and Demi Lovato. But my biggest highlight came this year last year when I worked tirelessly to help the Guillén family find their daughter Vanessa and get answers about her death.  

The Wire: What are some hurdles or challenging times that you had to deal with in your career?

Villarreal: Being a woman and a woman of color will always be the biggest challenge I face in this career. We have to work twice as hard and twice as long to get things accomplished.

The Wire: What is a decision you made that had a considerable impact on your life?

Villarreal: In the last year I’ve worked really hard to be content with my aspirations. I am proud to be a journalist. And more importantly, I’m unapologetic for wanting more in my personal life and profession.

The Wire: Do you have any advice for aspiring journalists?

Villarreal: Be ready to work hard, nothing is handed to you. Be ready to compete, there are a lot of people that want the job you’re going for. And be ready to be yourself, authenticity and transparency are the realist form of journalism.