Maria Elena Salinas

Journalist


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In the hour-and-a-half, solo portion of her Archive interview, Maria Elena Salinas talks about her early life working in radio, which eventually led to her move to television. She describes reporting for Spanish International Network, where she worked closely with mentor Pete Moraga on developing her style and journalistic skills. She recounts covering several stories such as the the beatification of Juan Diego, the 1994 talks between Mexico and the Zapatistas, and several earthquakes and natural disasters. Salinas recalls covering the Iraq War from Baghdad as an unembedded journalist and discusses challenging then-governor Pete Wilson on his stance on immigration. She outlines her feelings about advocacy journalism, and details her methods of preparation for interviews with world leaders such as Augusto Pinochet. She concludes her portion of the interview by talking about her feelings on the then-state of diversity in television. In the one-hour, joint portion of the interview Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas describe how they met and how they divide up co-anchoring duties on a nightly basis on Noticiero Univision. They discuss Univision's role in the recent and then-upcoming presidential elections and the prospect of a Latino candidate winning the presidency. Ramos and Salinas outline changes they've seen in Spanish news since they began their careers, and comment on their longevity and how they feel about each other as journalists. Jenni Matz conducted the interviews on May 21, 2015 in Doral, Florida. 

"We need to explain to a larger audience that immigrants are here to contribute, that they're here in search of a better life for them, for their families. But they also want to be part of society. That's why we give them a voice and that's why we advocate for them."   

Highlights
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on what makes a good interview
00:38
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on how they met and started working together on Noticiero Univision
03:01
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news
03:45
Maria Elena Salinas on the challenges of being a female news anchor
02:47
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on how identifying with two cultures informed her news reporting; on working in radio and transitioning into television 
11:02
On reporting for the Spanish International Network and learning on the job; on working with news director Pete Moraga, who was a mentor; on the state of Hispanic news when she started
11:22
On becoming a national news anchor; on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community 
06:56

Chapter 2

On covering the beatification of Juan Diego; on covering the 1994 talks between Mexico and the Zapatistas
06:28
On covering various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events 
10:13
On covering the Iraq War from Baghdad; on interviewing then-governor Pete Wilson about his stance on immigration issues for California 
09:17

Chapter 3

On covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism; on Univision covering presidential races and participating in presidential debates; on preparation she does to interview world leaders and others
16:58
On what makes a good interview; on her difficult interview with Augusto Pinochet; on her most important interview
03:20
On the challenges of being a female news anchor; on the then-current state and then-future of diversity in television; on advice given to her by mentors
09:02

Chapter 4

On various awards she has received during her career
04:01

Chapter 5

START OF JOINT INTERVIEW WITH JORGE RAMOS: on how they met and started working together; on splitting up the duties of co-anchoring Noticiero Univision; on ownership changes in Univision and how ownership impacts Noticiero Univision
10:04
On what separates Univision from other news gathering organizations; on issues that are important to them personally; on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections
16:07
On the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections; on the receiving Lifetime Achievement Award from the News and Documentary Emmy Awards
03:45

Chapter 6

On changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news; on their longevity; on their respective feelings toward each other as journalists
10:03
On advice to someone starting a journalism career; on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists; on dream projects or goals in the then-future
09:56
Shows

Noticiero Univision

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Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on co-anchoring Noticiero Univision
29:55
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on splitting up the duties of co-anchoring Noticiero Univision
04:28
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on how they met and started working together on Noticiero Univision
03:01
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on ownership changes in Univision and how ownership impacts Noticiero Univision
02:32
Topics

Advice

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Maria Elena Salinas on advice given to her by mentors
02:56
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
02:00

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Maria Elena Salinas on working with news director Pete Moraga who was a mentor
04:55
Maria Elena Salinas on advice given to her by mentors
02:56

Diversity in Television

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Maria Elena Salinas on how identifying with two cultures informed her news reporting
00:59
Maria Elena Salinas on the state of Hispanic news when she started
03:38
Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community 
Maria Elena Salinas on interviewing then-governor Pete Wilson about his stance on immigration issues for California 
02:30
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on being called "the most recognized and trusted Hispanic newswomen in America"
01:50
Maria Elena Salinas on the challenges of being a female news anchor
02:47
Maria Elena Salinas on the current state and then-future of diversity in television 
01:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on what separates Univision from other news gathering organizations
06:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on issues that are important to them personally
03:54
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections
05:43
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections
01:55
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news
03:45
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists
04:26
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on dream projects or goals in the then-future
03:30

Emmy Awards

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Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the receiving Lifetime Achievement Award from the News and Documentary Emmy Awards
01:50

Historic Events and Social Change

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Maria Elena Salinas on how identifying with two cultures informed her news reporting
00:59
Maria Elena Salinas on the state of Hispanic news when she started
03:38
Maria Elena Salinas on the state of Hispanic news when she started
22:43
Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community
Maria Elena Salinas on covering the beatification of Juan Diego
03:39
Maria Elena Salinas on covering the 1994 talks between Mexico and the Zapatistas
02:49
Maria Elena Salinas on covering various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events 
10:13
Maria Elena Salinas on covering the Iraq War from Baghdad
23:28
Maria Elena Salinas on interviewing then-governor Pete Wilson about his stance on immigration issues for California 
02:30
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on her difficult interview with Augusto Pinochet
01:34
Maria Elena Salinas on being called "the most recognized and trusted Hispanic newswomen in America"
01:50
Maria Elena Salinas on the challenges of being a female news anchor
02:47
Maria Elena Salinas on the current state and then-future of diversity in television 
01:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on what separates Univision from other news gathering organizations
06:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on issues that are important to them personally
03:54
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections
05:43
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections
01:55
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news
03:45
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists
04:26
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on dream projects or goals in the then-future
03:30

Minorities

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Maria Elena Salinas on how identifying with two cultures informed her news reporting
00:59
Maria Elena Salinas on the state of Hispanic news when she started
03:38
Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community
Maria Elena Salinas on interviewing then-governor Pete Wilson about his stance on immigration issues for California 
02:30
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on being called "the most recognized and trusted Hispanic newswomen in America"
01:50
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on what separates Univision from other news gathering organizations
06:30
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on issues that are important to them personally
03:54
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections
05:43
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections
01:55
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on changes they've seen in television journalism and Spanish news
03:45
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists
04:26
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on dream projects or goals in the then-future
03:30

Natural Disasters

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Maria Elena Salinas on covering various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events 
10:13

Television Industry

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Maria Elena Salinas on advice given to her by mentors
02:56
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
02:00
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the then-future of Spanish-language news and Latino journalists
04:26

Television and the Presidency

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Maria Elena Salinas on Univision covering presidential races and participating in presidential debates 
03:52
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on Univision's role in the 2008, 2012 and then-upcoming 2016 elections
05:43
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the emergence of Latino candidates in presidential elections
01:55

War

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Maria Elena Salinas on covering the Iraq War from Baghdad
23:28

War on Terror

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Maria Elena Salinas on covering the Iraq War from Baghdad
06:47

Women

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Maria Elena Salinas on being called "the most recognized and trusted Hispanic newswomen in America"
01:50
Maria Elena Salinas on the challenges of being a female news anchor
02:47
Maria Elena Salinas on the current state and then-future of diversity in television 
01:30
Professions

Anchor

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Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community
02:15
Maria Elena Salinas on anchoring coverage of various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events
10:13
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on preparation she does to interview world leaders and others
09:29
Maria Elena Salinas on what makes a good interview
00:38
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
02:00
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their longevity
02:04

Journalists & News Producers

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Maria Elena Salinas on appealing to different aspects of the Latino community
02:15
Maria Elena Salinas on anchoring coverage of various natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and dealing with her personal feelings about such events 
10:13
Maria Elena Salinas on covering immigration and doing advocacy journalism 
03:37
Maria Elena Salinas on preparation she does to interview world leaders and others
09:29
Maria Elena Salinas on what makes a good interview
00:38
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on advice to someone starting a journalism career
02:00
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their longevity
02:04
Genres

News and Documentary

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Maria Elena Salinas on reporting for the Spanish International Network
16:27
Maria Elena Salinas on her career as a reporter and anchor
25:58
Maria Elena Salinas on her career as a reporter and anchorwoman 
29:21
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on co-anchoring Noticiero Univision
10:03
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on what they've learned about television journalism
20:18
People

Jorge Ramos

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Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on their respective feelings toward each other as journalists
04:13

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