Emmy Award winning Anchor and broadcast Reporter with proven success in news and entertainment within major Hispanic markets.
Senior Broadcast Journalist with in-depth experience in radio and television broadcasting. Proven ability to prepare, produce and present substantive, timely on air reports and dynamic interviews. Recognized for versatility in hosting live events, managing extreme deadlines and last minute live interviews.
Maria Garcia has lived in the United States for 21 years, and for 17 years has worked directly with the Latino community. After her beginnings in radio in Northern California, during which she obtained first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to be an immigrant, Maria now has over 15 years of experience and success as a television journalist.
She first spent 2 years as a news reporter for Univision San Francisco, and then 2 years as a correspondent on the popular national magazine show Primer Impacto, also with Univision. Most recently, she completed her 11th year as news anchor and special assignments reporter for KVEA, Los Angeles, the major Telemundo station in the country.
As a member of the KVEA team, Maria headed up the special investigation department, and organized sweeps programming for more than 5 years, during which she was nominated for 12 Emmy awards, winning one Emmy for Best Investigative Report, received 2 Golden Mic awards (one for a labor investigation, another for a series of one-on one interviews), the prestigious Edward Murrow award (another Emmy), and was awarded a national prize in Washington by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
In her role as anchor and head of weekend news for 3 years,also in Telemundo Los Angeles, Maria also displayed leadership in both selecting news content and creating new segments, beating out the competition in the ratings on many occasions.
Her versatility has enabled her to cover many high-profile live events for consecutive years, such as the Oscars, the Billboard music awards, the Latin Grammys, the Miss Universe Pageant in different countries, both national and California state elections, the earthquakes in El Salvador, other major natural disasters such as Katrina, and the difficult battle waged daily along both sides of the
Among the many public figures that Maria Garcia has had the honor to interview one-on-one are ex-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, the president of Guatemala Alvaro Colom, Rania the queen of Jordan, the governor of Oaxaca Gabino Cue Monteagudo,word-renowned singer Julio Iglesias, Marta and Placido Domingo, Ricardo Montaner, Vicente Fernandez, Juanes, Mana, Los Tigres del Norte, Penelope Cruz, and Johnny Depp, along with many other Holly wood stars and international political figures.
Nowadays Maria has started her own blog – No Solo News – and she is active on Twitter, which is a pre requiste in these times of modern journalism. But this also allows her to stay more in touch with the community she both serves and is a part 0£ In her spare time, Maria Garcia enjoys presenting lectures and workshops for students of journalism in a variety of colleges and universities where she is frequently invited as a guest speaker.