TVNewser has learned that María Elena Salinas is heading to Telemundo.
But for only one day.
The network has announced that the longtime anchor of Noticiero Univision, who left Univision at the end of last year after a 36-year run at the Spanish language network, will join Telemundo’s special Mexico election day coverage this Sunday as a guest journalist.
An appearance by Salinas on her former employer’s rival network shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise. When announcing her imminent departure on-air last summer, she told her viewers that she would continue on as an independent journalist after leaving Univision. “I haven’t been pushed out, I haven’t quit, I’m not retiring. And I’m not leaving to another place to do the same as I do here,” she said.
In 2012, Salinas became the first Latina to receive an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2014, she won a Peabody and a Walter Cronkite award for her special about the mass migration of children from Central America to the U.S. And last year, she was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame.