Maria Elena Salinas, the most recognized female journalist in Spanish-language media has taken a second job to solve murder mysteries in English on the Investigative Discovery (ID) network.
Her legions of fans that span generations do not need to worry Salinas will continue as the co-anchor of Univision’s nightly news ‘Noticiero Univision’, a job she has had since 1987. She is also the host of Univision’s Sunday news magazine. ‘Agui y Ahora’. Salinas has interviewed kings, queens, narcos, dictators and several U.S. presidents as the longest running female network news anchor in the country. Now she will focus her attention on solving murder mysteries.
Salinas will be the narrator, host and executive producer of ID’s ‘Real Stories with Maria Elena Salinas’. She will focus on sensational true-crime stories, interviewing individuals closely associated with the crime. The 10-part crime magazine series debuted this week with the story of alleged teen killer Martin Tankleff who eventually was found innocent of killing his parents in 1988. Salinas interviewed Tankleff and others, highlighting the evidence that gave Tankleff his freedom.
You can say Salinas solved the greatest mystery of her life when she discovered in 2006 that her recently deceased father was a priest in Mexico. He came to the U.S. illegally as an undocumented immigrant speaking 6 languages along with a doctorate degree. In her autobiography ‘Yo Soy la Hija de mi Padre’ (I Am my Father’s Daughter) she delves in this life mystery.
Hosting an English-language program is a first for this television veteran and every one of her nearly 57 million viewers and 2 million social media followers are rooting for her success.
The New York Times once referred to the Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award-wining journalist as “The Voice of Hispanic America” which couldn’t be truer.
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