Univision’s Election Night Plans

By Merrill Knox 

Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas will anchor Univision’s election night beginning at 7pmET on Tuesday night. Coverage, which originates from Miami, will continue through 3amET Wednesday morning.

Ramos and Salinas will be joined by Enrique Acevedo, Felix de Bedout, Lourdes Ramos and Gerardo Reyes. Lourdes Meluzá will be report from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston and Luis Megid will be the Obama’s campaign in Chicago.

Univision will also have a special edition of ““Despierta América” on Wednesday morning at 7amET. More details in Univision’s release, after the jump.





Hispanic America’s No. 1 Media Company Will Keep The Crucial Hispanic Electorate Fully Informed On All Developments As They Unfold Leading Up To And On November 6

MIAMI, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 – Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision Communications, Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America, has announced its plans to deliver the most comprehensive and reliable Election Night coverage available to Spanish speakers in the U.S., through its multiple platforms including on-air across the Univision Network and local stations, online, mobile, radio and via social media.

The Univision Network will feature special election coverage beginning on Sunday, November 4 with reports from key battleground states across the country. On November 6, complete coast to coast news coverage will kick off on the Network at 7:00 p.m. ET and continue uninterruptedly until 3:00 a.m. ET. Live from Univision News’ state-of-the-art Election Center in Miami –equipped with the latest 3-D technology–, “Noticiero Univision” anchors Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas will lead a team of journalists and political analysts to provide Hispanic America with the most complete and detailed information on the progress of the presidential run as well as other races taking place across the nation, including minute by minute updates, projections and results. The team will also provide in-depth commentary and analysis of the voting process, state by state outcomes, key ballot issues and many other topics of particular significance for Hispanic viewers.

The Univision journalists joining Ramos and Salinas in the studio include:

  • Enrique Acevedo, with analysis of the electoral map and updates on the balance of power in the House and Senate.
  • Felix de Bedout, with special coverage of social media, including user generated content on voting experiences.
  • Lourdes Ramos, with in-depth analysis of the Hispanic vote.
  • Gerardo Reyes, with special election watch reports

Expert commentary and analysis will be provided by:

  • Helen Aguirre and Alfonso Aguilar, Republican analysts
  • Fabian Núñez, Democratic analyst
  • Sergio Bendixen, Democratic and Hispanic voter analyst

On Wednesday, November 7, a special edition of Univision’s morning show “Despierta América” (Wake Up America) will offer post-election news and analysis from 7-8 a.m.

In addition, Univision’s Washington correspondent Lourdes Meluzá will be stationed in the Romney campaign headquarters, while political reporter Luis Megid will be with President Obama’s camp throughout election night. Special correspondents will report live from swing states where the Hispanic vote will be decisive: Maria Antonieta Collins from Arizona, Jaime García from Nevada, and Lourdes Del Río from Florida. News teams in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and all stations in Texas will also be providing continual Network commentary on voting progress. There will also be extensive coverage from other key voting areas including Colorado and Puerto Rico.

In addition, WGBO Chicago will be providing political commentary from President Barack Obama’s hometown in Illinois and WUNI Boston will be covering events from Governor Mitt Romney’s hometown in Massachusetts. Washington, D.C. political correspondent Fernando Pizarro will also provide national commentary for the Network.

On the local level, Univision affiliates across the nation will provide communities with up-to-the minute coverage beginning on each of their morning newscasts and continuing throughout the day with half-hourly updates. All stations will be reporting preliminary results to the Network at approximately 4 p.m. ET. Regularly scheduled evening and nightly newscasts will be participating in the Network’s coast to coast coverage.

Univision America, Univision Radio’s premier AM radio network, will offer real-time, in-depth coverage on voting progress throughout Election Day.  Beginning at noon ET on November 6, Univision America will provide half-hour updates on issues of importance to the Hispanic community. A team of expert political journalists will be providing up-to-the-minute results from around the country. Voters will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation with live call-ins and texts as well as engage with our correspondents via social media.

Univision’s complete election coverage will be streamed live on  UnivisionNoticias.com, the YouTube Elections Hub at YouTube.com/politics, on mobile and via the Noticias Univision app. Election coverage will also be available on local Univision America radio stations and on UnivisionAmerica.com and the Univision Radio App. Our English-language coverage will be available on abcnews.com/abc_univision, featuring experts and Univision News journalists. Complete election coverage will also be available online on Univision’s newest network, UVideos and via the UVideos mobile app.

Given Hispanics’ ever increasing interest and participation in social media, the Univision News Election Center will feature a special social area this year to provide social updates and analysis on traffic and stats.

  • Up-to-the-minute data such as Twitter and Facebook commentary, social analytics and sentiment analysis will be featured via a vertical touch screen.
  • Real-time updates based on viewers’ social responses to key election night questions will also be broadcast on air.
  • A social map highlighting users’ Twitter comments from key Latino states will be featured on the air.

Users can follow Univision’s coverage, contribute and join the conversation about Election Night via @UniPolitica, @UniNoticias, @UnivisionNews and the hashtag #Destino2012 on Twitter. In addition to receiving the latest projections and results on-air and via Twitter, users can comment along with others on Univision Noticias Facebook page. Furthermore, viewers can use the exclusive Tu Cámara feature in UnivisionNoticias.com and on the Noticias App, to submit videos and photos of polling locations, as well as express their concerns and report any problems encountered during the voting process.