MarÃa Elena Salinas is the co-anchor of Noticiero Univision with Jorge Ramos, the most watched newscast by American Hispanics. She is considered one of the most recognized and influential female Hispanic journalists in the United States.
Her parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the 1940s. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
After a humble beginning as news reader at Radio Xpress XEPRS, a radio station broadcasting to Baja California, Mexico, and Southern California, USA, she promptly jumped into the ranks of KMEX Channel 34 in Los Angeles, California as TV news reporter.
Salinas has interviewed some of the world's most politically influential figures, ranging from U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Zapatista Army of National Liberation spokesman Subcomandante Marcos and U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Salinas is one of the founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She sponsors the Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship for college students interested in Spanish news broadcasting. She also was inducted into the association's Hall of Fame in 2006.
She is also a columnist whose work in both English and Spanish is distributed by King Features Syndicate. Salinas has 2 daughters. Julia Alexandra and Gabriela Maria and has lived in Miami since 1991.