A Conversation with Univision's Maria Elena Salinas

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2011

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. Department of State’s Hispanic Employees Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA), the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the Office of Civil Rights will host a conversation with Univision Network anchor Maria Elena Salinas at noon on Wednesday, September 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will deliver opening remarks.

This event is open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras is 11:45 a.m. from the 23st Street entrance.

Final access time for writers and stills is 12:15 p.m. from the 23st Street entrance.

Maria Elena Salinas is one of the most recognized Hispanic female journalists in the United States. Called by The New York Times, “the voice of Hispanic America,” Salinas has informed millions of Hispanics in the United States and 18 countries in Latin America for 3 decades. Ms. Salinas has interviewed every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter and has been face to face with dozens of Latin American heads of state. In 2007 Salinas made history co-hosting the first ever Democratic and Republican presidential candidate Forums in Spanish on the Univision Network. In 2006, her memoir entitled “I Am My Father’s Daughter: Living A Life Without Secrets” was published, receiving critical acclaim and making the best seller lists for Spanish-language books on several occasions. See full bio here.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center); (2) a media-issued photo identification card; or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license or passport).


Darla Jordan

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

U.S. Department of State

(202) 531-5678


PRN: 2011/1543