LOS ANGELES – Univision Los Angeles, part of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, dedicated its KMEX 34 studio to Ruben Salazar, a trailblazing Mexican-American journalist and former KMEX news director. Senior Vice President of News, Local Media, Chris Peña; Chief Local Media Officer, John Eck; Senior Vice President & General Manager, Univision Los Angeles, Luis Patiño; and Vice President of News, Univision Los Angeles, Marco Flores unveiled a commemorative plaque during an event held in honor of Salazar on Tuesday, August 29, 2016. The event included a screening of a documentary based on Salazar’s work and life as well as a panel discussion with the director Phillip Rodriguez.
“Ruben Salazar is a pioneering journalist whose legacy is that of a champion and a voice of the Hispanic community in Los Angeles,” said Patiño. “It is an honor to rename our news studio to commemorate his life and his work, and to inspire generations of Univision journalists and community members for years to come.”
Born in Mexico and raised in El Paso, Salazar began his career as a local reporter at The Los Angeles Times in 1959. He left Los Angeles to fill posts in Vietnam, the Dominican Republic and Mexico City, but was called back in 1968 to cover the increasingly vocal Chicano power movement that was growing in Los Angeles at the time.
Univision Los Angeles is UCI’s owned and operated, Emmy-award winning and nationally recognized television station. For more than 50 years, Univision Los Angeles has been the news leader in L.A. among Hispanics. Its early and late newscasts are among the highest-rated, regardless of language. Additionally, Univision Los Angeles was recently recognized with honors by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards; and nine Emmys® at the 67th National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences L.A. Chapter Emmy® Awards. Central to Univision Los Angeles’s success is the team’ commitment to its mission of informing, entertaining and empowering Hispanics in the Los Angeles area.