About the Author
As the first television judge ever to cross over from Spanish to English speaking television, Cristina has been inspiring fans of her courtroom television shows, radio shows, and books for over 15 years with her common sense and candid approach to help solve many of life’s issues. Her message of finding strength in one’s unique identity sets her apart from others. She has the ability to speak and create authentic connections with individuals from all and walks of life.
Cristina, the daughter of Colombian immigrants, and is uniquely able to blend her American pride, with a love for her heritage, without bias or a political agenda to deliver each inspiring message she delivers. She watched her parents struggle with racism, finances, and adapting to the U.S. culture with a foreign language. She learned to speak English around the age of 10 and mastered both languages. She credits her family's guidance and desire to remain close to their heritage and culture for her personal and professional achievements. Cristina crosses the cultural, language, generational, and political divide, speaking the language of common sense, common values, and common ground.
Cristina brings a fresh and rare way of connecting with people. She is the ultimate crossover host, who while being a hip, professional, multicultural woman, always seeks to introduce traditional values into the lives of all. Consequently, she appeals to young, millennial and older audiences across the globe. In contrast to her at-times tough on-air persona, Cristina never wears "rubber gloves."
Cristina is also the author of Living By Los Dichos (Simon & Schuster/Atria) and It’s All About the Woman Who Wears It: Ten Laws for Being Smart, Successful and Sexy Too (Penguin Books), with a third book Red White and Latina: Our American Identity set to hit the shelves in April of 2017 (Morgan James).
Cristina is frequently featured on radio and television and as an MC events. Cristina has appeared on various syndicated national and international television shows speaking on various topics. In addition, Cristina has served as a columnist for national magazines and Internet-based publications and blogs.
Cristina was named as one of “America’s Ten Most Inspirational Women” by Siempre Mujer magazine (special introduction by Hillary Clinton). She was also selected as California’s “Woman of the Year” for her community service and activities and was named one of “America’s Top 10 Latina Advocates” for making the world a better place for women and Latino’s rights, by the national magazine Latino Leaders.
Cristina is also a community leader and is committed to community service and awareness. She is an active member and leader of several community and legal organizations.