Maria Elena Salinas Back to Main
BORN: December 30
BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles, California
HEIGHT: 5'4"
ON WHOSAY SINCE: Nov 22, 2013
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles

5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

  • I started working at 14 years of age in a clothing factory.
  • I took singing lessons and almost joined a rock group.
  • I put chile on almost everything I eat.
  • I like Reagaeton.
  • At my age....I'm learning how to cook. Finally!!!!


Univision Network Anchor María Elena Salinas is the most recognized Hispanic female journalist in the United States. Called by The New York Times, “the voice of Hispanic America”, Salinas has informed millions of Hispanics in the United States and 18 countries in Latin America for 3 decades. As co-anchor of the highly rated “Noticiero Univision” and the primetime news magazine “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now), Salinas has handled some of the most challenging assignments in modern day journalism.

Salinas’ work has earned her several journalistic awards including three national and one regional Emmys and most recently The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored her with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, becoming the first Hispanic woman to receive this recognition. 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. She has interviewed every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter and has been face to face with dozens of Latin American heads of state, rebel leaders, and dictators. In 2007 Salinas made history co-hosting the first ever Democratic and Republican presidential candidate Forums in Spanish on the Univision Network.

Her influence reaches beyond television. In 2006, her memoir entitled “I Am My Father’s Daughter: Living A Life Without Secrets” was published, receiving critical acclaim and making the best seller lists for Spanish-language books on several occasions.

Salinas 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 for helping motivate Hispanics to participate in the American political dialogue. In 2000, Salinas launched a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a Hispanic journalism student 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.

Salinas began her journalistic career as a reporter for KMEX-34 television in Los Angeles in 1981. Her insightful reporting on the impact of daily news to increasingly growing Hispanic community of Southern California quickly earned her the credibility that would lead to her assuming the anchor chair of Noticiero Univision in 1987.

Since then her brand of journalism has earned her dozens of awards and recognition from important groups such as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the National Organization for Women that honored her with the coveted Intrepid Award.

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, and was named one of the top 15 Most Influential Hispanics among Latino voters in a poll conducted by Hispanic Voter Trends.

Salinas was born in Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents, where she began her broadcasting career. She resides in Coral Gables, Florida, with her two daughters, Julia Alexandra and Gabriela María.

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