This article is over 5 years old


“Tu Voz es Poder: A Latino Town Hall” to Broadcast Live on July 21

Houston Public Media and Univision 45 to hold live Town Hall to explore issues around immigration and stories of success.



View printable version in English
Ver versión imprimible en Español

Latino leaders, activists and entrepreneurs are coming together for an interactive 90-minute town hall broadcast to explore issues around immigration and stories of success. "Tu Vozes Poder," which translates to "Your Voice is Power," will be broadcast live on Houston Public Media TV 8 on July 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This Houston Public Media production, in partnership with Univision 45, will be simulcast in Spanish (SAP) and live streamed on and in English and Spanish. The town hall will also stream via Facebook Live on both organizations' Facebook channels (Houston Public Media and Noticias45 Houston.)

"Houston has one of the largest Hispanic communities in the country so immigration legislation impacts our city in many ways," said Lisa Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. "As part of our mission to provide in-depth local news and information, Houston Public Media is excited to partner with Houston's leading Spanish-language TV station, Univision 45, to examine the challenges and opportunities faced in our community."

Special guest hosts for the town hall include Osvaldo Corral, news anchor/reporter and host of Univision 45's "Edición Digital Houston," and Gabriela Natale, three-time Emmy-award winning producer/host of the television show, SuperLatina. Corral and Natale will guide the conversation in front of a curated studio audience with a panel of guests that include:

  • Art Acevedo – chief, Houston Police Department
  • Ali Noorani – executive director, National Immigration Forum
  • Cesar Espinosa – executive director, FIEL Houston (immigrant rights organization)
  • Alex Lopez Negrete – president and CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications
  • David Cordua – executive chef, Cordua Restaurants (Americas, Artista and Churrascos)

“Univision 45 is proud to partner with Houston Public Media to help bring relevant immigration information to our audience,” said David Loving, senior vice president and general manager for Univision Houston. “Many members of our community are concerned about the impact new immigration policies will have on their families. As a mission-driven company, it is our responsibility to empower them with accurate information," added Loving.

Social media interaction with viewers will be an integral part of the town hall. Immigration lawyers will be in the digital studio with host, Aurora Losada, director of digital operations at Houston Public Media, to answer questions. The community is invited to join this important conversation live via social media using the hashtag #YourVoiceIsPower.

"Tu Voz es Poder" is part of Houston Public Media's DiverseCity project (#DiverseCity), a yearlong multi-media initiative looking at what Houston's diversity means for the city. Stay tuned to for all Houston Public Media stories and content related to this initiative.

# # #

About Houston Public Media:
Houston Public Media combines broadcast and digital assets to serve residents of Southeast Texas with a curated mix of trusted local news and entertainment with exceptional national programming from NPR and PBS. Houston Public Media is a public service from the University of Houston, its license holder, and is supported with financial gifts to the Houston Public Media Foundation. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.5 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information. Connect on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Univision Communications Inc.:
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 91% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 85% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 59 television stations and 64 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; and Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live streaming subscription service. The Company also includes the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division that serves young, diverse audiences. FMG includes two cable networks: news and lifestyle English-language network FUSION TV and UCI's interest in El Rey Network, a general entertainment English-language cable network;, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content; as well as a collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle (Lifehacker), modern women's interests (Jezebel), news and social justice (, African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), and car culture (Jalopnik). FMG also includes the Company's interest in comedy and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole and The A.V. Club. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please

Jared Counts

Jared Counts

Digital Technology Manager

A UH alum, Jared Counts was hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, bouncing between departments until being hired full-time as a web developer in February 2007. He currently manages the front- and back-end of this website (including the WordPress plugin that runs this staff directory), as well as...

More Information