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Here’s Maria Elena Salinas’ Successor At ‘Noticiero Univision’

Veteran Univision news anchor María Elena Salinas is weeks away from retirement. Who will take her co-anchor duties with the equally famed Jorge Ramos on the 6:30pm weeknight Noticiero Univision?

The torch has been passed to Ilia Calderón, who will take over’s anchor chair in mid-December.

Univision calls the appointment historic, as Calderón will become the first Afro-Latina to anchor an evening newscast for a major broadcast network in the U.S.

She is a native of Colombia, where she once served as anchor of “Noticiero CMI.”

In addition to succeeding Salinas on Noticiero Univision, Calderón will also serve as co-host of Univision’s prime-time newsmagazine Aquí y Ahora, which airs on Sunday nights, alongside Teresa Rodríguez.

“We are delighted that Ilia Calderón will join Jorge Ramos at the helm of ‘Noticiero Univision’ beginning next month,” said Univision News President Daniel Coronell. “Ilia’s professionalism and experience, together with her personal charisma, journalistic integrity, knowledge of the U.S. Hispanic community and proven appeal with our diverse audience make her the ideal person to succeed María Elena Salinas. We are confident that Ilia’s contributions will be instrumental in maintaining the standard of excellence that María Elena and Jorge have set for the newscast over more than three decades and that millions of viewers expect from ‘Noticiero Univision’ every day. We welcome Ilia to the evening news and wish her much success.”

“It is a great honor and an enormous responsibility for me to sit in María Elena Salinas’s anchor chair,” expressed Calderón. “María Elena has been an invaluable voice for the Hispanic community in this country, an icon of excellence in journalism and a role model for millions of Latinas, so I know I have big shoes to fill. I’m very excited to accept this new challenge as co-anchor of Hispanic America’s most trusted newscast. To the millions of loyal viewers of ‘Noticiero Univision,’ I promise to give you my very best every evening, continuing to honor Univision’s commitment to inform and empower Hispanic America like no other news organization in the American media landscape.”

Calderón launched her journalism career in 1994 as the anchor of a local newscast in Medellín. In 1997 she moved to Bogotá, where she hosted the national newscast Noticiero CMI until 2001. After relocating to Miami,  she worked as a news anchor for the international cable network Telemundo Internacional, co-anchored the weekend newscast for the Telemundo broadcast network, and later co-hosted the network’s weekday morning program Cada Día con María Antonieta Collins.

She joined Univision 10 years ago as co-anchor of the weekend edition of its daily newsmagazine Primer Impacto, and in 2009 was promoted to co-host of the show’s principal weeknight edition. Calderón became co-anchor of Noticiero Univision: Edición Nocturna, the 11:30pm ET/PT edition, in 2011.

María Elena Salinas To Exit Univision At End Of ’17

María Elena Salinas will exit the Univision News anchor chair at the end of the year.

The network made the announcement late Thursday, Pacific time.

Salinas has been associated with Univision and its predecessor, Spanish International Network (SIN), for nearly 36 years.

Salinas also co-hosts the Sunday show Aquí y Ahora for Univision with Teresa Rodriguez, and presents several in-depth specials on current issues each year.

As of January 2018, she plans to work independently as a journalist and producer, and continuing to devote herself to philanthropy.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to inform and empower the Latino community through the work my colleagues and I do with such passion at Univision every day,” said Salinas. “I thank our audience for their trust and loyalty through the years, and want them to know that as long as I have a voice, I will always use it to speak on their behalf. I am excited to begin a new stage in my career, and look forward to new projects to reach new and diverse audiences on multiple platforms.”

Univision President/CEO Randy Falco said,  “María Elena has become an iconic and trusted source of unfiltered news. She is a fearless storyteller who has relentlessly pursued the truth, no matter what the dangers may be. We celebrate her groundbreaking work, her passion and commitment to journalism. María Elena has had a lasting impact in our industry and on the Hispanic community, and we wish her all the best.”

Univision News President Daniel Coronell added, “María Elena has been a great example of journalistic excellence and solidarity with the community. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another journalist like her at our Network. Her inspiring example will continue to guide the journalists of Univision News.”

Univision will announce plans for who will become the co-anchor for Jorge Ramos on its flagship newscast “in the coming months.”

Salinas was inducted into the NAB 2017 Hall of Fame,  and she is the first Latina to receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In late 1981, after two years in radio, she joined KMEX-34 in Los Angeles.

In 1987, she broke new ground on multiple fronts when she was named an anchor on Univision’s nationally distributed newscasts.