Lilia Luciano Named LA-Based CBS News Correspondent

Lilia Luciano is ready for full-time work…

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker has been named a correspondent for CBS News based in Los Angeles.

Lilia LucianoLuciano joined the network in March, 2020 as a freelance correspondent, and has covered major stories on the West Coast including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, immigration issues at the border and wildfires in Oregon and California.

Luciano previously was an investigative reporter at the ABC affiliate in Sacramento from 2016 to 2019. She also was the chief investigative correspondent for Discovery Channel’s Border Live, and worked as a host and contributor on various platforms for Vice. She also was a correspondent for NBC News, reporting across the network platforms in English and Spanish.

She directed and produced Wars of Others, an HBO Latino documentary about the War on Drugs and the consequences for Colombian farmers. She won a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2018 for a series on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of the California wildfires.

She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese. She graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in economics and broadcast journalism.

Maria Elena Salinas Joins CBS News as a Contributor

Maria Elena Salinas is headed to The Eye Network

The 64-year-old Mexican American journalist, a longtime former Univision anchor, is joining CBS News as a contributor.

Maria Elena Salinas

Susan Zirinsky,CBS News President and senior executive producer, said Salinas will deliver reports for multiple broadcasts and platforms and will be a frequent presence in 2020 election coverage.

Salinas, called the “Voice of Hispanic America” by The New York Times, is best known for co-anchoring Univision’s flagship evening news program for more than 30 years. 

She has interviewed world leaders and covered a wide range of national and international events, netting multiple Emmys, a Peabody Awardand many others over the years. 

Since leaving Univision in 2017, she has hosted The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas on Investigation Discoveryand covered the 2018 presidential election in Mexico for Telemundo.

“It is an honor to welcome Maria Elena Salinas to the CBS News team,” said Zirinsky. “We look forward to sharing her important voice and journalistic credentials with our audience in a critical time for this country.”

In 2016, Salinas reported for CBS Sunday Morningon the role Hispanics would play in that year’s election.

From 2001 to 2011, Salinas wrote a weekly syndicated column in both English and Spanish. She’s also the author of the 2006 autobiography, I Am My Father’s Daughter, Living a Life Without Secrets.

Salinas began her journalism career in 1981 as a reporter, anchor and public affairs host for KMEX-TVUnivision’s LA affiliate.

Diaz to Serve as CBS News Correspondent in Chicago

Adriana Diaz is headed to back to the States…

The Dominican-American television journalist, who has been a Beijing-based correspondent for CBS News, will be relocating back to the US.

Adriana Diaz

Diaz, a former Miss New York Teen USA, will be a CBS News Correspondent based in Chicago.

Before her stint overseas, Diaz reported for CBS News from the network’s Chicago bureau and has worked for CBS News as a digital journalist in the network’s New York City headquarters.

Prior to that, she worked for Channel One News, a youth-oriented news program.

Quijano Named Anchor of CBS Weekend News

Elaine Quijano’s weekends have filled up…

The Latina television journalist will anchor CBS News’ evening newscasts, which are being rebranded as CBS Weekend News starting this weekend.

Elaine Quijano

Jim Axelrod, who has anchored the Saturday edition since 2012, and Jeff Glor, who has anchored Sundays, “remain in important roles in the organization,” CBS News said. Axelrod continues as senior national correspondent and Glor as national correspondent and 60 Minutes Sports contributor.

Quijano and Nina also anchor for CBSN, the news operation’s 24/7 digital news service, and the changes to the weekend broadcasts reflect those franchise’s closer ties to the streaming news service going forward. The broadcast network’s weekend newscasts routinely suffer frequent pre-emption and special-out-ings, owing to sports and other considerations. This season to date, the Saturday edition has aired in pattern – in time slot and at full length –  just 11 times in 31 weeks, the Sunday edition has aired in pattern just four times.

Quijano, who will anchor Saturdays, joined CBS News in 2010 and has covered the Boston Marathon bombings, Superstorm Sandy and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Quijano was also part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. duPont Award for the network’s coverage of the 2012 Newtown shootings.

In 2011, Quijano revealed in a report that the White House did not send presidential condolence letters to the families of service members who committed suicide, after which broadcast President Barack Obama reversed that policy. Prior to joining CBS News, Quijano worked for CNN since 2006, most recently as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent, covering the Pentagon, White House and Supreme Court.

Rocca’s CBS News Role Expanding…

Mo Rocco is taking on a larger role at CBS News…

The 42-year-old half-Colombian comedian, writer and political satirist has been named a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the network’s other news programs, CBS News has announced.

Mo Rocca

Rocca—known for his satirical news reports and commentary— has served as a contributor for the news and entertainment program since 2006. But he’ll now be reporting for other CBS News broadcasts as well as continue reporting for CBS Sunday Morning.

“His title is correspondent, but we see Mo, as we see all our Sunday Morning contributors, as a ‘columnist,’ bringing his own unique – and it is unique – perspective to everything he does,” says CBS Sunday Morning executive producer Rand Morrison.

The former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart regular’s work includes commentaries on politics and pop culture, cover stories, features and profiles.

“I loved doing television field pieces and I’ve done a lot of them,” has previously stated Rocca about his reporting. “If you combine The Daily Show with The Tonight Show with my gig on Sunday Morning, I see them all as part of one continuum in a way. Three- to six-minute stories with my point of view… and participating in one degree or another in the story … I love doing that.”