Excellence in TV Broadcasting Recognized at TV Luncheon

María Elena Salinas

Award-winning journalist and co-anchor of “Noticiero Univision” María Elena Salinas will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera will receive the NAB Television Chairman’s Award. Both will be honored during today’s NAB Show Television Luncheon.

The TV Luncheon and reception are sponsored by Sorenson Media and Miller Kaplan Arase LLP respectively.

Salinas began her journalism career in 1981 as a reporter, anchor and public affairs host at Univision’s KMEX-34 in Los Angeles. Her daily reporting to the growing Hispanic community in Southern California led to her joining Jorge Ramos as co-anchor of the national Spanish language news program “Noticiero Univision” in 1987.

In 2015, Salinas received a Peabody Award, Walter Cronkite Award, Emmy and Gracie for her documentary special “Entre el abandono y el rechazo” (“Between Abandonment and Rejection”), a prime-time report on the exodus of Central American children to the United States.

In 2016, she was the recipient of the Mickey Leland Humanitarian award, and in 2012, she became the first Latina to receive an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“María Elena Salinas is an outstanding example of the profound effect broadcast television can have on the audiences it serves,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander. “María has a deep connection to the needs of the Latino community, and she represents their interests on and off the screen.”

Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s comedy “Ugly Betty.” She was recognized with a Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild Award, ALMA and Imagen Award for her performance.

Ferrera produces and stars as Amy in the second season of NBC’s workplace comedy “Superstore.” She is also a contributor in the EPIX TV mini-series “America Divided,” a five-part documentary that explores inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and other related topics.

“America Ferrera is an esteemed and versatile actress who not only entertains, but brings attention to a variety of important national and global issues,” said Alexander. “She is the embodiment of what this award represents.”

Ferrera most recently appeared in Showtime’s second season of the groundbreaking documentary “The Years of Living Dangerously.” She is the executive producer of Refinery 29’s “Behind the Headlines,” a multimedia experience comprising video, text and images dedicated to humanizing the conversations around issues that matter to women.

Upcoming, she will executive produce MACRO’s digital series “Gente-Fied,” a dramatic comedy featuring an all-Latino cast, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and “Only Girl,” which is a docu-series investigating what it means to be a female in a male-dominated field, ranging from baseball players to airplane pilots.