She becomes the first woman and first Latino/a to be honored with the award.
She received her award last Saturday night, during RTNA’s 65th annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony at the Universal Hilton.
Univision’s KMEX picked up awards in four categories and Telemundo’s KVEA got two that evening.
Many other Latino journalists working in radio and television in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Fresno and Bakersfield.
Among the multiple award winners: Digital Content Director Oscar Flores, who won 4 Golden Mikes and MMJ Victoria Sánchez, who picked up 3.
Both Oscar and Victoria work at KEYT in Santa Barbara.
After the ceremony, the NAHJ Los Angeles chapter also held a special event to honor María Elena Salinas for her career and for being a co-founder of the journalist organization.
Here’s a partial list of winners:
BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING
“Jolibud en Espanol”
BEST GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL REPORTING
“Frontera Millionaria (The Billion Dollar Border)”
BEST MEDICAL AND SCIENCE REPORTING
“Estimulación Cerebral – Battle against Parkinson”
BEST NEWS VIDEOGRAPHY OF A FEATURE STORY, SERIES OR SPECIAL
“Bandidos Indomables (Indomitable Bandits) Part 1”
BEST HARD NEWS SERIES REPORTING
BEST VIDEO EDITING OF A HARD NEWS STORY, SERIES OR SPECIAL
“Westside Boxing Champ”
The complete list of winners is available on the RTNA site.