The Univision era of Maria Elena Salinas, 62, will end at the close of this year, more than 35 years after it began. Salinas is without dispute the most recognized female journalist in Spanish-language media and without doubt one of the most respected.
Earlier this month Salinas announced her plans to start a “new chapter” and leave her Univision anchor desk to pursue a career as an “independent journalist and producer.”
Salinas is looking to pursue “new projects to reach new and diverse audiences on multiple platforms.” One of those projects includes her first English-language endeavor “The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas” on the Investigative Discovery network. The show which reviews high profile crime cases was recently renewed for a 2nd season. The show was a top Latino audience draw for the network.
Salinas, the longest running female network news anchor, began her Univision career in 1981at Los Angeles station KMEX-TV and in 1987 joined Jorge Ramos as co-anchor of the national news, ‘Noticiero Univision’. She is also the host of Univision’s Sunday news magazine. ‘Agui y Ahora’.
Univision is expected to announce in the next couple of months who will be replacing Salinas on both broadcasts.
In December when Salinas leaves Univision she will leave behind a stellar, award winning career. She was a moderator of the first ever bilingual Democratic Party presidential debate, she has interviewed Kings, Queens and dictators and is the first Latina to receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in news as well as a Peabody Award.
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