Quick Facts of María Elena Salinas

  • Full NameMaría Elena Salinas
  • Net Worth$10 Million
  • NicknameMaría
  • Marital Status Divorced
  • Birthplace Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Ethnicity White
  • Religion Christian
  • ProfessionBroadcast Journalist, News Anchor, Author
  • Nationality American
  • Active Year1981-Present
  • Eye colour Brown
  • Hair colour Silk Brown
  • BuildMesomorph
  • Spouse Eliott Rodriguez
  • Body MeasurementSlim
  • EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles
  • Online PresenceTwitter (397k followers), Instagram (559k followers), Facebook (1,102,079 followers)
  • Children2 - Julia Alexandra and Gabriela Maria
  • Horoscope Capricorn
Photo of a journalist María Elena Salinas

Maria Elena Salinas is one of the prominent broadcast journalist, news anchor, as well as an author. For her work, she earned many accolades and honors. She is considered as one of the most recognized Hispanic female journalists in the United States.

Salinas was married to Eliott Rodriguez however, the couple later divorced. Likewise, she is the mother of two kids, daughters.

Who Is Maria Elena Salinas? Bio & Wiki

Maria Elena Salinas was born in August 1954 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She holds an American nationality and her ethnicity is white.

Maria Elena Salinas

From a very young age, Maria had a keen interest in journalism. She participated in many programs while at school. Later, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.

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Maria Elena Salinas Career

Maria Elena Salinas started her career as a reporter, anchor and public-affairs host for KMEX-TV channel, the Univision affiliate in Los Angeles, in 1981. Later, she became the anchor of the national Spanish-language news program, Noticiero Univision in 1987.


In addition, she has interviewed figures including former US Presidents, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and many others. In 2017, Maria started an English-language crime program, The Real Story with Marcia Elena Salinas on Investigation Discovery.

On 3rd August 2017, Univision announced that Salinas would leave her post as co-anchor of Notciero Univision at the end of 2017. Later, on 1st July 2018, she participated in Telemundo’s Mexican presidential elections coverage. Likewise, Salinas became a part of Telemundo’s news team covering the Mexican presidential inauguration from Mexico City.

How Much Is Maria Elena Salinas’ Salary & Net Worth?

Maria Salinas has an estimated net worth of $10 Million as of 2019. Back in 2018, she had an impressive net worth of $8 Million. Also, her ex-husband Eliott Rodriguez has a net worth of $2 Million.

Maria Elena Salinas’ Salary

Maria Salinas earns a lucrative amount of salary from her profession. However, her salary is currently under review. An average salary of American journalists is around $39,571 thus Salinas also probably earn the salary in a similar range.

Maria Elena Salinas’s Philanthropy

Maria Salinas is a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She was also inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2006. Furthermore, she sponsors the Maria Scholarship for college students interested in Spanish news broadcasting.

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Who Is Maria Elena Salinas’ Husband? Her Marriage & Children

Maria Elena Salinas is a divorced woman. Previously she was married to Eliott Rodriguez. The pair first met while broadcasting on the set and soon fell for each other. The couple later married however, they haven’t disclosed the precise date and place of their wedding.


From their relationship, Elena and her ex-spouse share two children, daughters Julia Alexandra and Gabriela Maria. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last for long and they divorced in 2007.

After the divorce, Maria isn’t linked with any person in any type of relationship. Besides, she hasn’t faced any controversies and rumors regarding her career and personal life. She is active on social media and has huge fans and followers. Currently, she resides in Miami with her two kids.

Interesting Facts About Maria Elena Salinas

  • Maria was inducted in the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2017.
  • Maria’s autobiography, Yo Soy la Hija de mi Padre (I Am My Father’s Daughter, 2006) covers her discovery that her father was a Catholic priest.
  • She earned an honorary doctorate from American University.
  • She is a recipient of the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women.
  • Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.