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María Elena Salinas
Noticiero Univision

Maria Elena Salinas has been called the “ Voice of Hispanic America” by the New York Times. Over the course of her 35 year career, which began as a television reporter for KMEX-34 in Los Angeles, she has covered events on a global basis from Haiti to Hollywood earning her way to her current role as Co-Anchor, “Noticiero Univision” since 1987. Salinas’ rare blend of journalism combines ground breaking news with storytelling informing millions of viewers in the U.S. as well as in 18 Latin American countries. She is as comfortable interviewing sitting Presidents and A-list celebrities as she is in covering natural disasters and the war torn streets of Baghdad. Ms. Salinas has earned several awards including six Emmys, a Peabody Award, the Walter Cronkite Award and her second Gracie Award for her news documentary on the exodus of Central American children to the U.S. Most notably, she was awarded the NATAS Lifetime Achievement Award, the first Hispanic woman to receive this recognition and has been recognized as one of “ The Most Influential Hispanics” in the U.S.