María Antonieta Collins
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|María Antonieta Collins Flores|
|Born||María Antonieta Collins Flores
May 12, 1952
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
|Other names||la chaparrona|
|Occupation||Journalist, Hostess and Writer|
María Antonieta Collins Flores (born May 12, 1952 in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican journalist, TV host and best seller author of seven books (one as co-author), and winner of four Emmy Awards, (two of them National Emmys), and the Edward Murrow Award.
Collins became known to viewers in her native Mexico as a reporter of "Televisa 24 horas" (1974), Noticiero con Jacobo Zabludovsky. In 1979 Collins was sent by Televisa as their first correspondent in California where she began as a general assignment journalist also covering baseball in the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, job she did until 1986. Later that year was transferred to Spanish International Network (SIN) the network later named Univision. In eighteen years in Univision Network Collins was well known for her job as a Mexico Correspondent, Texas Correspondent, and International Correspondent. In 1993 was appointed as the successor of María Celeste Arrarás as the weekend anchor of Noticiero Univision, covering Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas while they were out. In 2000 was named Senior Correspondent for the news magazine "Aqui y Ahora" position that with Noticiero Univision fin de semana hold it until she left the network in August 2005.
After Univision, Collins went to Telemundo where she hosted the morning show Cada Dia".
Collins underwent plastic surgery in 2004 and has spoken extensively about it.
"Collins' books are: "DIETAS Y RECETAS DE MARÍA ANTONIETA" (Grijalbo/Random House 2001) "QUIEN DIJO QUE NO SE PUEDE" (Grijalbo/Random House 2002) "CUANDO EL MONSTRUO DESPIERTA" (Grijalbo/Random House 2003) spoke about domestic violence. Writing this book was an emotional rollercoaster for her, as she revealed that her own daughter, Antonietta Collins, had been a victim of domestic violence by a former boyfriend. "EN EL NOMBRE DE COMPRAR, FIRMAR Y NO LLORAR" (RAYO/HARPER COLLINS 2004) "COMO LIDIAR CON LOS EX HOMBRES, MUJERES Y FANTASMAS DEL PASADO" (RAYO/HARPER COLLINS 2006) "DIJISTE QUE ME QUERIAS" COMO SOBRELLEVAR LO IMPENSABLE (RAYO/HARPER COLLINS 2007).
She also writes a weekly editorial column for "El Sol de Mexico" network and it sixty newspapers in the country of Mexico.
María Antonieta and María Celeste Arrarás are both animal rights activists.
She studies and plays (classical) piano.
In an article in People en Español (March 2008), Collins announced that she would be leaving Telemundo when her contract expired in August 2008 and that she wished to return to anchoring news.
In 1999 María Antonieta convinced her friend Juanita Castro, the younger sister of Fidel and Raúl Castro, to co-write and publish Juanita's autobiography in Spanish edition: My brothers Fidel and Raúl, the secret story. The book was finally published in October 2009.
- Fidel y Raúl mis hermanos, la historia secreta. Juanita Castro y María Antonieta Collins. Editorial Aguilar, octubre 2009.