Maria Elena Salinas, one of the longest-serving female newscasters in Spanish-language media, is joining CBS News.
Salinas will serve as a contributor across CBS’ broadcasts and platforms and will frequently report on the 2020 election, CBS News President and Senior Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky announced Monday in a press release.
“It is an honor to welcome Maria Elena Salinas to the CBS News team,” said Zirinsky. “We look forward to sharing her important voice and journalistic credentials with our audience in a critical time for this country.”
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A Los Angeles native, Salinas spent 35 years with Univision and was one of its best-known anchors. Before leaving the network in 2017, she served as co-host of “Noticiero Univision” and the newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora.” She has interviewed world leaders, including every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter.
Her hiring comes less than two months after the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) called for a boycott of CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News over what the Hollywood advocacy group described as “Latino exclusion” from the network’s flagship news programs.
In a statement issued on May 29, the NHMC said Latino anchors and correspondents were absent following the latest revamp of the CBS News broadcasts.
The revamp included Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson departing CBS This Morning, and Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil joining Gayle King on the broadcast. O’Donnell moved to the CBS Evening News as anchor and managing editor, replacing Jeff Glor. Dickerson joined 60 Minutes. Meanwhile, Glor moved to CBS This Morning: Saturday, to co-host with Dana Jacobson and Michelle Miller.
The NHMC asked why no Latino anchors or reporters were included in the changes.
“Latinos make up 18.9% of the U.S. population and are the largest and fastest growing minority in the nation,” NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales said at the time. “Yet, here we are again — absent on screen, but this time not on an entertainment program or in a film, but on a major news network.”
Nogales urged CBS to “fully” embrace diversity.