A native of Puerto Rico, Maribel Hastings is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, with a major in public communications and a history minor. Before joining America's Voice, she worked for La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language daily in the U.S. Ms. Hastings became La Opinión's first Washington, D.C. correspondent in 1993. Previously, she worked for the Associated Press, San Juan, Puerto Rico Bureau. During her career, Ms. Hastings has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Media Leadership Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for her coverage of the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Hastings writes for our new web site www.AmericasVoiceEspanol.com, a Spanish-language news and analysis portal on the immigration debate, and is an expert on immigration issues.