Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Maria Elena Salinas Joins Investigation Discovery As Host Of All-New Newsmagazine
- THE REAL STORY WITH MARIA ELENA SALINAS Will Premiere Exclusively on ID in 2017 -
(Pasadena, Cal.) - For 35 years, investigative journalist Maria Elena Salinas has brought stories to life that interest and affect America's vast Latino community. The Emmy, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow award-winning Univision News anchor has learned many things during her prolific career, but perhaps the most important lesson is that there's always more to the story. That is why she is dedicated to seeking the truth by tackling compelling true-crime cases of the recent past as host of a new ten-part newsmagazine currently in production with Investigation Discovery (ID) from Scott Sternberg Productions and Lucky 8 TV. In THE REAL STORY WITH MARIA ELENA SALINAS, Salinas peels back the layers of national headline-making crimes in search of new evidence, unheard perspectives, and updates to the cases. Archival footage and recreations complement intimate, emotional one-on-one interviews with those closest to the case - some who audiences will remember from the original reporting and others who are speaking for the first time. THE REAL STORY WITH MARIA ELENA SALINAS will premiere on ID in early 2017. Concurrently, she will continue to co-anchor Univision's network newscast, "Noticiero Univision," and its weekly primetime newsmagazine "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now).
"ID is thrilled to welcome Maria Elena Salinas into the fold at ID, joining our growing roster of investigative journalists, from Paula Zahn, to Chris Hansen, to Tamron Hall, to Tony Harris," said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. "Maria Elena has become a, deservedly, trusted and articulate voice for Hispanic Americans at Univision - and, accordingly, we know ID's fans will welcome her passion for finding the truth behind every crime because, as she well notes, 'no story is as it seems.'"
"I am honored to join Investigation Discovery and its incredible line up of respectable investigative journalists," said Salinas. "This unique newsmagazine gives me the opportunity to tread new ground in my investigative journalism career. I am looking forward to this opportunity that will allow me to expand my quest to tell stories that matter to a new audience while denouncing corruption, uncovering injustice and seeking the truth.''
About Maria Elena Salinas
One of the most respected and recognized journalists in the United States, Maria Elena Salinas has co-anchored the Univision Network's national newscast, "Noticiero Univision," uninterruptedly since 1987, and also co-hosts Univision's weekly primetime newsmagazine "Aquí y Ahora." She's a household name for 57 million Hispanics living in the U.S., and millions more in 18 countries where her work is seen. Her interviews with global figures, including every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter, as well as Latin American heads of state, rebel leaders, and influential newsmakers have earned her unparalleled respect and trust, while her commitment to the Hispanic community prompted the New York Times to call her "The Voice of Hispanic America." During the course of her distinguished broadcasting career, Salinas has received multiple recognitions, including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award, the Peabody Award, a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor, seven Emmy awards, a Walter Cronkite Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Hispanic Television by Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable magazines.
THE REAL STORY WITH MARIA ELENA SALINAS is produced for Investigation Discovery by Scott Sternberg Productions and Lucky 8 TV. For Scott Sternberg Productions, Maria Elena Salinas and Scott Sternberg are executive producers. For Lucky 8 TV, executive producers are Greg Henry, Kim Woodard, Jarrett Lambo, and Rob Dorfmann. For ID, Ron Simon is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Jane Latman is executive vice president of development, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and American Heroes Channel.
About Scott Sternberg Productions
Scott Sternberg Productions is a leader in crime magazine formats. Sternberg is a creator and executive producer of On the Case with Paula Zahn, which is now in its 15th season on Investigation Discovery, and Exposed with Deborah Norville.
About Lucky 8 TV
LUCKY 8 TV is an unscripted film and television production company launched in 2014. Current and recent series and specials include the top-rated, critically acclaimed 60 Days In and Behind Bars: Rookie Year for A&E; Kids BBQ Championship for Food Network and The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima for Smithsonian Channel.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories," the always revealing network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.