2013 Award For Outstanding Achievement In Hispanic Television
This year, as in the past, an award is presented for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television to one noteworthy individual who has been responsible for generating profitability for the Hispanic TV industry. The award recipient for 2013 is María Elena Salinas, Co-Anchor of Univision Network News and co-host of Aquí y Ahora. Past recipients include boxing champ Oscar de la Hoya; TV Hosts Don Francisco and Cristina Saralegui; journalists Jorge Ramos and Maria Celeste Arraras; sportscaster Andres Cantor; and advertising executives Monica Gadsby from SMG, P&G’s Edgar Sandoval and Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart.
The award will be presented during a special ceremony at the Awards Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis, 12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Westside Ballroom North on the 5th floor
Maria Elena Salinas
Co-Anchor Univision Network News
and Co-host Aqui y Ahora
Univision Communications Inc.
Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas is the most recognized Hispanic female journalist in the United States. Named by The New York Times as “the voice of Hispanic America,” for three decades she has been informing millions of Hispanics in the United States and in 18 Latin American countries. As co-anchor of the Univision Network’s highly rated evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and its weekly primetime newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now), Salinas has handled some of the most challenging assignments in modern-day journalism.
She has interviewed several U.S. presidents, from Jimmy Carter to the current chief executive, Barack Obama. She has also been face to face with dozens of Latin American political figures, including heads of state, rebel leaders, and dictators. In 2007, Salinas achieved yet another milestone in her career by co-hosting the first-ever presidential forums targeted specifically to Hispanic voters and featuring Democratic and Republican presidential primary candidates, which aired on the Univision Network.
Her work in broadcast journalism has earned her numerous accolades. In 2012, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award, placing her among the few Hispanic women who have received it. Previously, the Academy had bestowed one regional and three national Emmy Awards upon her. She was also part of the Univision news team that received the Edward R. Murrow Award for the network’s coverage of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombings.
Salinas’ influence reaches beyond television. She is a radio analyst on Latino issues and is one of few Hispanic syndicated columnists in the United States, where her column is published in both Spanish and English, as well as on Univision.com and her own website, MariaESalinas.com. In 2006, she published her memoir entitled “I Am My Father’s Daughter: Living A Life Without Secrets,” which received critical acclaim and made the bestseller lists for Spanish-language books on several occasions.
She is also the official spokesperson for “Ya es Hora” (It’s Time), a national citizenship and civic engagement campaign that received the coveted Peabody Award in 2007 for helping to motivate Hispanics to participate in the American political dialogue. In 2000, Salinas launched a scholarship in her name to be awarded to Hispanic journalism students interested in pursuing a career in Spanish-language media. She is one of the founding members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and sits on the board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the International Women’s Media Foundation.
In addition, her journalistic style and community involvement have earned her dozens of awards and recognitions from important civic organizations such as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and the National Organization for Women, which honored her with the prestigious Intrepid Award.
Salinas began her career as a reporter for the KMEX-34 television station in Los Angeles in 1981. With her insightful reporting on the impact of daily news, targeted to the increasingly growing Hispanic community in Southern California, she quickly gained the credibility that would subsequently lead her to the anchor chair of “Noticiero Univision” in 1987.
Salinas has been featured as one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States in several publications including Hispanic Magazine, People En Español and PODER; she was also named one of the “Top 15 Most Influential Hispanics” among Latino voters in a poll conducted by Hispanic Voter Trends.
Born in Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents, Salinas currently resides in Coral Gables, Florida, with her two daughters, Julia Alexandra and Gabriela María.
2013 Award for Leadership in Hispanic Television
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This award will also be presented during the Awards Luncheon, at the Marriott Marquis, 12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Westside Ballroom North on the 5th floor.