Ana María Canseco

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Ana Maria Canseco
Born (1967-09-05) September 5, 1967 (age 49)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Television Personality
Years active 1997-present

Rocío Ana Maria Canseco (born September 5, 1967) is a Mexican television personality living in the United States. Canseco was the co-host of the Univision morning talk show, Despierta América.[1] She also served as a guest host on the network's afternoon talk show El Gordo y La Flaca. As of 2010, Canseco appeared on Despierta América for 13 years, until October 21, 2010, when it was announced that she will no longer be a part of the television show.[2] As of September 2013, Canseco is a co-host of the Telemundo morning show Un Nuevo Día.


Rocío Ana María Canseco began her career as a television reporter/anchor in Texas and debuted as an actress in the telenovela, Mundo de Juguete,[3] in an uncredited role.[4]

In 1997, Canseco became one of the original co-hosts of Despierta América in 1997.[5] It is the number-one rated Spanish language morning show and she has starred on it since its debut.[5]

On May 3, 2002, Canseco acted as master of ceremonies for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the East Room with President George W. Bush, presiding, and First Lady Laura Bush in attendance.[5] This was her first visit to the White House.[5]

In 2002, Canseco and Star Jones were selected by Payless ShoeSource to be spokeswomen for its South America marketing effort.[6]

On December 13, 2005, Canseco and Raúl De Molina announced the nominations for the upcoming 2006 Premio Lo Nuestro awards show.[7] Canseco said that the 2005 program was seen by more than nine million people and one of Univision's highest ranked specials.[7]

On August 7, 2008, Canseco hosted the 4th annual Los Premios de Texas Latin Music Awards at the Joe and Theresa Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin, Texas.[8]

On October 21, 2010, she ceased to work on Despierta America, after 13 years of being a host on the show.

On Monday, September 9, 2013 she joined the cast of Telemundo's morning show Un Nuevo Día in Miami, Florida.[9]


In 2006, Fernando Arau, Raúl González and Canseco were part of a Got Milk? campaign[3] to help prevent obesity amongst Latinos.[10] More than 33 percent suffer from this affliction and Canseco wore a milk mustache to promote a healthier lifestyle by "milking it up" in the morning.[10]

Prior to the 2008 election, Canseco was featured in a public service announcement, called "Ve y Vota en las Primarias" or "Get Out and Vote in the Primaries".[11]

In 2009, Canseco was the Master of Ceremonies for MALDEF's 25th Annual San Antonio Awards Gala which honored "community champions".[12]

Charitable work[edit]

Canseco lived with her grandmother in Mexico City and remembered the best gift her uncle Chacho sent from California each year at Christmas time as a Western Union MoneyGram.[13] As a child, she did not realize that her uncle sent monthly support payments but knew then that Christmas money order meant a getting a gift like a doll for her.[13] With an "economic crisis"[13] in 2008, Canseco was scheduled on two nights in December to help give away two billion dollars to help others keep the same sentiment as the Christmas Day approached.[13] On April 17, 2010, in a similar give-a-way, she documented the impact of wired transfers in Washington, D.C..[14]

On January 23, 2010, Canseco was amongst more than 50 Univision personalities who solicited live donations for the "Unidos Por Haití"(United for Haiti)[15] 2010 Haiti earthquake relief effort.[15] The live show aired during Sábado Gigante.[15]

Red carpet[edit]

Canseco walked the 3rd Annual Premios Juventud red carpet, which is dyed blue, in 2006 along with other celebrities like RBD, Wisin & Yandel and Luny Tunes.[16] She wore a white and bronze Nicole Miller gown.[17]

In 2009, Canseco modeled a Gustavo Cadile dress on People en Español's "Los 50 Más Bellos 2009" in Spanish, or "The 50 Prettiest People in 2009", red carpet.[18] Giselle Blondet, her former Despierta América cast mate, wore vintage Michelle Nazar.[18] On November 5, 2009, Canseco appeared at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.[19]


At the fourth annual "Women of Hope/Mujeres de la Esperanza"[20] awards, Canseco was one of nine women to win this City of Hope award which recognizes US Hispanic women role models.[20] María Elena Salinas, a Univision newscaster who Canseco has worked with, also won this same award.[20]

In 2008, Canseco was selected as one of People en Español's "Los 50 Más Bellos"("The 50 Most Beautiful People") as well as Jackie Guerrido.[21] She won this award again in 2009 and posed dressed as Greta Garbo.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Canseco was born in Mexico City. As of 2005, Canseco lived with her mother and several pets.[1] She gets up at 4:30 a.m. every morning and goes to bed early because of her Un Nuevo Día duties. Canseco speaks Spanish and English.[3] At the age of 12 she found out that the person she thought was her sister was actually her birth mother. In 2004, she became a U.S. citizen

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  1. ^ a b "Ana María Canseco" (in Spanish). People en Español. March 22, 2005. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  2. ^ Erwin Perez (November 27, 2009). "Ana María Canseco, 'Lo mío es entretener'" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved 2010-05-15. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Canseco hace su movida" (in Spanish). April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-17. [dead link]
  4. ^ Graciela Mauri, Ricardo Blume (1974). "Mundo de Juguete" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Rocío Ana Maria Canseco, Star of Univision Morning Program 'Despierta America' to Host White House...". May 2, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  6. ^ Michael Hooper (May 25, 2002). "Payless ShoeSource steps into S. America". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Nomina al premio lo nuestro a Shakira, Pausini, Juanes e Intocable" (in Spanish). December 13, 2005. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Volunteer at the Texas Latin Music Awards 2008 Los Premios de Texas". Community Impact Newspaper. 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-15. [permanent dead link]
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  10. ^ a b "Los populares presentadores de despierta america lucen el bigote de leche en el mas reciente anuncio hispano de 'got milk?'" (in Spanish). January 9, 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Univision Kicks-Off Third Phase of Civic Engagement Campaign...". January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-15. [dead link]
  12. ^ "MALDEF to honor 'community champions'". September 16, 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Ana María y el mejor regalo" (in Spanish). Univision. 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  14. ^ "Ana Maria Canseco says "Si!" to DC". WETA. 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  15. ^ a b c "Additional Performers Announced for Univision's Special 'Unidos Por Haiti' (United For Haiti)". January 22, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  16. ^ "Premios Juventud - 3rd Annual". People en Español. 2010. Archived from the original on 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  17. ^ "Jessica Simpson vs. Ana María Canseco" (in Spanish). People en Español. 2010. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  18. ^ a b "Bellas retro" (in Spanish). People en Español. May 14, 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  19. ^ "Ana Maria Canseco arrives at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas". UPI. November 5, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  20. ^ a b c "In the News". latinastyle. Archived from the original on 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  21. ^ "Celines Toribio rumbo a Los 50 Más Bellos" (in Spanish). February 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  22. ^ "Artistas mexicanos dominan la portada de "Los 50 más bellos" de PEOPLE" (in Spanish). elperiodicodemexico. February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 

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