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Maria Elvira Salazar is a world renowned hispanic reporter. In her almost 27 years as a journalist, Maria Elvira has covered more political and social events than most in the western hemisphere.
Born in 1961, Miami with Cuban parents, she spent much of her childhood living in Puerto Rico. She received a Bachelor in Communications from the University of Miami in 1983. Continuing her studies, Maria Elvira attended Harvard University where she received a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School in 1995.
As a reporter, she has obtained a number of interviews with prestigious people from all corners of the globe including American presidents Bill Clinton (1999) and George W. Bush (2001), President Alvaro Uribe (2008) and world icons like Mother Teresa of Calcuta.
In September of 2002, she left Telemundo and continued her career as a journalist with America TV 41 with her own show, "Maria Elvira Confronta." This program gained enormous prestige in Florida. Later, in 2003, she moved to channel 22 where she changed the dynamic of her show, moving to a program involving more political debates about current affairs.
In 2006, Mr. Raul Alarcon, owner of Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), purchased channel 22, and the channel is now known as Mega TV. She then changed the name of the program to "Polo Opuestos" under the new owners. She has maintained the debate dynamic of her show, but as of July 31, 2006, she renamed the program Maria Elvira Live!. The change of name ushered in a new era for Maria Elvira as far as production in concerned. She independently produces the show for Mega TV, based in an original journalistic format, the only of its kind in Spanish TV. Maria Elvira Live! airs at 8pm EST on Mega TV, with her studio located in Miami, Florida. Mega TV distributes her program across the U.S. and Puerto Rico though Direct TV.
Maria Elvira Live! is a show based on information and analysis catering to the Hispanic population in the United States and Puerto Rico. This show has transcended the Hispanic television market, captivating the audiences that previously watched soap operas on staple Spanish television stations like Univision and Telemundo
Her talent, rigorous work ethic, and journalistic capabilities have produced 5 Emmys and dozens of other internationally recognized awards.
In May of 2009, she signed with Random House for her first book titled, "Si Dios contigo, ¿quien contra ti?" , which translates to If God be with you, then who is against you. The book immediately gained popularity in Florida, New York, and Puerto Rico.
Maria Elvira currently resides in Miami with her two daughters, Martina, 9 years old, and Nicoletta, 10 years old.