Maria Elena Salinas is an anchor at Univision Network. She has been an anchor of Noticiero Univision (Univision Newscast) since 1987 and also anchors the primetime news magazine Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now).
Salinas is also a radio analyst on Latino issues and is one of few Hispanic syndicated columnists in the United States, where her column is published in over 55 newspapers in both Spanish and English. In 2006, she published a memoir entitled I Am My Father’s Daughter: Living A Life Without Secrets. In 2007, Salinas made history by co-hosting the first ever Democratic and Republican presidential candidate forums in Spanish on the Univision Network.
Salinas’ work has earned her several journalistic awards, including four national and one regional Emmy Awards, most recently the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. 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 began her journalism career as a reporter for KMEX-34 television in Los Angeles in 1981. Her insightful reporting on the impact of daily news to the increasingly growing Hispanic community of Southern California earned her the credibility that would lead her to assume the anchor chair at “Noticiero Univision” in 1987, becoming one of the first women in the U.S. to co-anchor a national nightly newscast.