Univision’s Emmy® award-winning journalist, María Elena Salinas, co-anchor of the national evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and newsmagazine “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now) has been named the third recipient of the Hispanicize 2012 Latinovator Award. Hispanicize 2012, the annual Latino trends event, will take place in Miami, April 10-13.

“As one of the most recognizable and respected journalists in the U.S., María Elena Salinas connects millions of Hispanics to stories that both educate and inform their lives,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2012. “It is a thrill for us to host Ms. Salinas at this year’s conference and to highlight both her professional achievements and community efforts.”

The Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievement are remarkable or inspirational.

In addition to Ms. Salinas, Hispanicize 2012 previously announced multi GRAMMY-winner Emilio Estefan and pet industry entrepreneur Cesar Millan as award recipients. Each innovator will be presented with their awards individually at Hispanicize 2012 as part of a special general session where they will talk about their obstacles and road to success. Ms. Salinas is slated to speak on April 11.

Now in its third year, Hispanicize 2012 (#HISPZ12) is the annual event focused on Latino trends and trendsetters in social media, entertainment, marketing and media. The event is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Hispanicize 2012 Sponsors and Media Partners

Hispanicize 2012 sponsors include BlackBerry, Walmart, Univision Communications, Chevy, Sprint, Southwest Airlines, RadioShack, UnitedHealthcare, Clorox, Fox Hispanic Media, JetBlue Airways, Fox News Latino, Diageo, Herbalife, NBC Latino, Terra, Visit Orlando, The Axis Agency, JeffreyGroup, Transitions, Fleishman-Hillard, Newlink Americas, PR Newswire, Business Wire, Sensis, Critical Mention, Reyes Entertainment, elwiri and others. Hispanicize 2012 media partners include Getty Images Latin America/Hispanic, Latin Heat Media, Billboard Latin Music, AdWeek, Hispanic Market Weekly, LatinVision, ArtesMiami, and the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

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