Maria Elena Salinas, the award-winning network news co-anchor for Univision’s Noticiero Univision, the winner of Hispanicize Event’s 2012 Latinovator award, and co-host of the highly rated news magazine program Aqui y Ahora, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2013 Award for Achievement in Hispanic Television. The award is presented by the publishers and editors of leading television industry publications Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. Salinas will accept this honor in person during a Luncheon Ceremony at the 11th Annual Hispanic Television Summit at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Each year, one individual receives this award in recognition of his or her contribution to developing television for Hispanic audiences. Salinas joins a unique group of past recipients that already includes her co-host of Noticiero Univision, Jorge Ramos. Other prior recipients include popular on-air celebrities Don Francisco, Andres Cantor, Cristina Saralegui, Maria Celeste Arraras and Jose Diaz Balart, as well as advertising and marketing executives Monica Gadsby and Edgar Sandoval and celebrity-athlete-entrepreneur Oscar De La Hoya.

Salinas’ accomplishments are numerous. As a news journalist, she has interviewed some of the world’s most politically influential figures, ranging from U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to Mexican President Vicente Fox, among others. She is one of the founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, has received multiple Emmy Awards and sponsors the Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship for college students interested in Spanish language news broadcasting.

“The theme for this year’s Summit is Exploring the Exploding Hispanic Television Business,” said Louis Hillelson, VP and Group Publisher for Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. “It seemed appropriate then to award Maria Elena Salinas who speaks with the exploding Hispanic audience every day and has earned their trust to provide news about their local U.S. community as well as from their homeland.”

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