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Salinas bids farewell in final Univision newscast

Maria Elena Salinas final newscast

María Elena Salinas ended her run at Univision as the longest-running female anchor in the United States.

Over the past week, Univision did a week-long tribute to the departing anchor, who began her career at Univision’s KMEX 34 in Los Angeles, before co-anchoring the  network newscast with Jorge Ramos, starting in 1987.

Earlier this year, she signed a deal to host and executive produce her first English-language show on Discovery ID. Her series debuted in April and was picked up for a second season to air in 2018.

Salinas announced in August that she would be leaving Univision, on her own terms, to explore new projects.

During her final newscast on Friday, December 8, which Univision livestreamed on Facebook, Salinas delivered a two-minute farewell message giving thanks to Univision for “the privilege of being part of this group of committed professionals who helped shape this company since its inception and turn it into what it is today,” as well as to all the colleagues she worked with during the past decades. “I will miss them, but I feel blessed to have been part of the Univision family.”

She ended her message thanking her loyal viewers, those who supported her throughout the years, and those who didn’t, because “they made me stronger and brave….Believe me, I’m taking with me a lot more than what I’m leaving behind.”

The farewell continued after the newscast, on a multi-cam Facebook live, where Jorge Ramos and news VP Daniel Coronell paid their own tributes and included a cameo by Guillermo Martínez, who paired Salinas and Ramos on the anchor desk.

You can watch the post-newscast speeches starting at around 46 minutes, after the Mariachi performance:

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5 Responses to “Salinas bids farewell in final Univision newscast”

  1. Andrea Miyares says:

    Check that one hour video below if you can stomach it.
    For those who have worked or still are in here, this is a perfect exmaple of what we do, or must not, in this business, a perfect Televisa novela, in what we once called our Univision. Now a shame, a cartoon.
    Betrayal, envy, egos, liars and lying, harassments of every kind, fear, submission, agendas, humiliation, hypocrisy, racism, conniving. Tell me that I’m lying.
    Check it and put each category in a lot of those faces.

  2. La Llorona says:

    Me encanto la parte en que nos “invitaron” a que nos agolparamos en la delantera del podio, garantia visual del “volumen de asistencia”.
    Casi como aquella vez que nos abultaron en el trailer, a imagen y semejanza de lo sucedido en Victoria.
    Delicioso avatar !
    Y que me dicen de la parte en que todo debia ser “espontaneo y por sorpresa” en la despedida, aun y cuando lo decia el rundown ?
    Todo fue tan, natural ! Biblico casi. Lloré.

  3. Mari says:

    Vi lo ultimo en tv cuando cantaba el mariachi. Parecia una muy Buena despedida a alguien que dio mucho de su vida, dedicacion, lealtad y lo mejor de ella a los televidentes. Gracias Maria Elena!

  4. Emilio Lalcanzayagarra says:

    He visto despedir a mucho talento y no hay nada mas hypocrite que decir “te vamos a extrañar”. En fin, es univision… todo es montaje, compran entrevistas, arruinaban las historias de los competidores, se creian que no hedian.

    • La Palera says:

      Y eso no es nada pana.
      Tendrias que haberlos visto a todos aqui, codo con codo, risas y copas, despedidos y “despedidores”, juntitos en la fiesta privada de despedida en la casa de la competencia. Como lo vi, te lo digo.
      Esto es un circo pestilente.
      No nos extrañaria verla sentada junto a Diaz Balart.

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.
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