Lau Noah Enchants During NPR “Tiny Desk Concert”

Lau Noah is having a Tiny moment…

The Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist, among a new wave of Spanish artists making their mark globally, is the latest act to give a Tiny Desk Concert at the National Public Radio offices.

Lau Noah

Noah, who is enchanting music lovers one song at a time, flaunted her poetic lyrics and magical flamencoguitar riffs in a nearly 16-minute set that included five songs, wrapping with “La Realidad.”

According to NPR, she speaks and sings in Catalan, Spanish, English and sometimes Hebrew. She played the piano growing up and left Spain for New York City five years ago while still a teen.

“There’s a language we speak in the Northeast of Spain called Catalan in a region called Catalonia, this is where I come from,” she said during her performance before delivering her song “L’Adéu.” “And for many years I only sang in English because I was too scared of what they would say if I sang in my mother language. I’m not anymore. I’m really happy to share a song in Catalan with you.”

Suarez to Host Al Jazeera America’s “Inside Story” Program

Ray Suarez is ready to analyze the day’s top stories…

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican broadcast journalist, a former PBS NewsHour national correspondent has joined Al Jazeera America as the host of its daily program Inside Story.

Ray Suarez

Suarez is expected to begin his work at the network on Monday, November 11.

Suarez tweeted in October that he was leaving PBS after 14 years — most recently as NewsHour’s chief national correspondent, then told Fox News Latino that he felt like he did not have “much of a future with the broadcast” because his contributions to the program had been minimized over the past couple years.

Al Jazeera describes Inside Story as a program that “provides analysis, background and context on the top stories of the day” with a panel of guests debating domestic and international topics.

“Ray’s extensive television and radio experience will be an incredible asset to Al Jazeera America and Inside Story’s viewers,”  Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian said in a statement.

Suarez hosted National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation for six years before joining PBS.

Suarez began his career as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome.

Maria Hinojosa Wins John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism

She’s used to reporting the news… But this time around, Maria Hinojosa is making headlines for her noted journalism career.

The 51-year-old Mexican-born journalist has been named the winner of the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, announced Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday.

Maria Hinojosa

Hinojosa, who has already won three Emmys for her work in television news, is a prominent member of the Hispanic journalistic community in the United States, after her work on CNN and her current work for PBS and National Public Radio.

The award was created in honor of long-time NBC News anchor John Chancellor.

Hinojosa was chosen “in recognition of the courage and independence she has shown over the course of her career reporting on those whose stories might not otherwise make it into the mainstream media,” the journalism school said.

Born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago, Hinojosa hosts the programs Latino USA on NPR and Need to Know on PBS.

Among the subjects Hinojosa has covered are immigrants’ jobs in New Orleans after the passage of Hurricane Katrina; rape in the U.S. Armed Forces; the lives of poor people and youth violence in immigrant communities.

The prize, which comes with a cash stipend of $25,000, will be presented at a November 14 ceremony at Columbia‘s Low Library in New York.