Maria Elena Salinas, Univision Network’s co-host ofNoticiero Univision” and “Aquí y Ahora,” was the mid-morning featured guest in a one-on-one interview during a special keynote session at the Hispanic Television Summit this week at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, New York City. Among the topics that Salinas addressed were the critical role network television news will play in the Latino vote for the 2012 presidential elections.

“This next election season will reflect the largest-ever voting block of U.S. Hispanics. So, we were naturally very honored to have such a trusted spokesperson address this critically important topic with our attendees this year”, said Louis Hillelson, Group Publisher of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.

An award-winning journalist, Salinas has co-anchored the “Noticiero Univision” evening news with Jorge Ramos for 25 years. Additionally, she hosts Univision’s “Aquí y Ahora” news magazine program every Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET. In 2007, Salinas made history by co-hosting the first-ever Democratic and Republican candidate presidential forums in Spanish on the Univision Network.

The Summit is presented annually by two leading TV trade publications, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. It has become the signature full-day event for those in the business of TV and video intended for Hispanic audiences.  Each year, the conference attracts over 400 leading executives from the U.S., Latin America and Spain.

Other featured presenters included Monica Gadsby, CEO, U.S. Multicultural & Latin America, Starcom MediaVest Group, who received the 2011 Award for Achievement in Hispanic Television and, Ed Gold, State Farm Advertising Director, who presented the Opening Keynote.

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