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Maria Elena Salinas

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(United States, 1964– )
An Emmy Award–winning veteran journalist of television news, Maria Elena Salinas has interviewed dozens of world leaders and is one of the few syndicated columnists of Hispanic descent in the United States.

An Emmy Award–winning veteran journalist of television news, Maria Elena Salinas has interviewed dozens of world leaders and is one of the few syndicated columnists of Hispanic descent in the United States.

For more than twenty years, Maria Elena Salinas has shown her loyalty to the Univision television network as anchor of Noticiero Univision. Audiences, in turn, trust her news coverage. The Emmy Award-winning bilingual journalist remains a highly acclaimed and respected veteran of television news. Salinas has reached millions of Hispanic viewers in the United States and in almost twenty Latin-American countries.

Her coverage has spotlighted dozens of world leaders for over two decades. She has had exclusive interviews with President George W. Bush, former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton; Mexican Presidents Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Ernesto Zedillo, and Vicente Fox; Chile’s Augusto Pinochet; Panama’s Manuel Noriega; and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega and Violeta Chamorro. She covered Pope John Paul II’s trips and Princess Diana’s death, live from London. Her work has earned her three Emmys and countless journalism recognitions.

Born in Los Angeles, California, to Mexican immigrants, she began her journalism career as a radio commentator. Her insightful reporting of the growing Hispanic community of Southern California launched a journalism career that she cherishes.

In 1981, she made the transition to Spanish-language television news coverage when she transferred to KMEX-TV, a Univision affiliate in Los Angeles.

As a cohost to the prime-time television news magazine Aquí y Ahora, Salinas brings viewers in-depth consumer reports and hard-hitting interviews. In Noticias Univision Presenta she focuses her one-hour features on items affecting the Hispanic community.

Her journalism expertise has given her presence in other arenas. She is heard daily on Radio Unica and is one of the few syndicated columnists of Hispanic descent in the United States. She writes stories in both Spanish and English that are featured in more than forty-five daily newspapers across the country. She also writes a weekly column for Univision.com.

Heading up a campaign to help motivate Hispanic children to stay in school, Salinas established a scholarship in her name, which is matched by Univision. It is awarded to an outstanding journalism student pursuing a career in Spanish-language media and offers an internship at a Univision network station.

Salinas has received excellence in journalism awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Publications, and the California Chicano News Media Association. She was cited as Journalist of the Year 2002 by Hispanic Media 100.

Salinas was featured as one of Hispanic Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States and named one of the top 15 Most Influential Hispanics in a Hispanic Voter Trends poll.

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Excerpt from: THE BOOK OF LATINA WOMEN: 150 VIDAS OF PASSION, STRENGTH, AND SUCCESS By Sylvia Mendoza

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