María Elena Salinas
|María Elena Salinas|
|Born||August 1954 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
|Field||Spanish language news anchor, Emcee|
|Awards||1999 Emmy Award
News and Documentary
María Elena Salinas (born August 1954) is the co-anchor of Noticiero Univision with Jorge Ramos, the most watched newscast by American Hispanics. She is considered one of the most recognized and influential female Hispanic journalists in the United States.
After a humble beginning as news reader at Radio Xpress XEPRS, a radio station broadcasting to Baja California, Mexico, and Southern California, USA, she promptly jumped into the ranks of KMEX Channel 34 in Los Angeles, California as TV news reporter.
Salinas has interviewed some of the world's most politically influential figures, ranging from U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Zapatista Army of National Liberation spokesman Subcomandante Marcos and U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Salinas is one of the founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She sponsors the Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship for college students interested in Spanish news broadcasting. She also was inducted into the association's Hall of Fame in 2006.
She is also a columnist whose work in both English and Spanish is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Salinas has 2 daughters. Julia Alexandra and Gabriela Maria and has lived in Miami since 1991.
On April 11, 2006 her autobiography, Yo Soy la Hija de mi Padre (I Am my Father's Daughter) was released as a hardback edition. The title word, Padre is a double entendre as Father can mean a Catholic priest. As an adult, María Elena Salinas discovered that her father had been a former priest and was understandably stunned.
Salinas is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).
Salinas was married to local Miami news anchor Eliott Rodriguez, most notably of WFOR, until 2007.