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On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) announced that Univision’s Emmy® award-winning journalist, María Elena Salinas, co-anchor of the national evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and newsmagazine “Aqui y Ahora”  (Here and Now) has been named the third recipient of the Hispanicize 2012 Latinovator Award. Hispanicize 2012 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), the annual Latino trends event, will take place in Miami, April 10-13.

“As one of the most recognizable and respected journalists in the U.S., María Elena Salinas connects millions of Hispanics to stories that both educate and inform their lives,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2012.  “It is a thrill for us to host Ms. Salinas at this year’s conference and to highlight both her professional achievements and community efforts.”

The Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievement are remarkable or inspirational.

In addition to Ms. Salinas, Hispanicize 2012 previously announced multi GRAMMY-winner Emilio Estefan and pet industry entrepreneur Cesar Millan as award recipients.  Each innovator will be presented with their awards individually at Hispanicize 2012 as part of a special general session where they will talk about their obstacles and road to success.  Ms. Salinas is slated to speak on April 11.

Now in its third year, Hispanicize 2012 (#HISPZ12) is the annual event focused on Latino trends and trendsetters in social media, entertainment, marketing and media.  The event is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

About Maria Elenas Salinas:
María Elena Salinas (born August 1954) is the co-anchor of Noticiero Univision with Jorge Ramos, the most watched newscast by American Hispanics. She is considered one of the most recognized and influential female Hispanic journalists in the United States.

About the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA):
HPRA was founded in 1984 as a nonprofit organization to create a network of Hispanics who work in public relations. HPRA has over 250 members representing public relations professionals, marketing and advertising agencies, government and nonprofit, and business. HPRA is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic professionals and provides educational seminars and workshops throughout the year. The organization awarded over the past 25 years more than $ 220,000 in scholarships to Latino students pursuing careers in communications. One of the objectives of HPRA is to be a resource for communications professionals and to seek to better understand the Hispanic market. For more information, visit http://www.hpra-usa.org.

About Hispanicize 2012:
Hispanicize 2012 brings brands, media, marketers, celebrities, filmmakers, innovators and bloggers together in a unique creative environment focused on ideas and best practices. The conference is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos.

Hispanicize 2012, a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will be held at the gorgeous JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami, April 11-13, 2012.

Sources: Wikipedia, hispanicizeevent.com, prnewswire.com
Photo credit to: hispanicizeevent.com

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Maria Elena Salinas and we wish her the best with her career.

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