It all seemed to come together for broadcast journalist Ilia Calderón in 2017. You see in November of 2017, Calderón was named the successor to broadcast legend Maria Elena Salinas on Univision’s flagship evening newscast Noticiero Univision. The promotion makes her the first Afro-Latin to hold such a position at Univision.

If it seems like a surprise, it shouldn’t. The journalist from Chaco, Colombia has been on the grind for some time. She began her career in journalism as a presenter for several news shows, first on regional Colombian channel Teleantioquia. Then in 1998, she went on to national television for Noticiero CMI. Three years later it was off to Telemundo, where she hosted the Noticiero Telemundo weekend edition. Yet, in March 2007, even bigger opportunity beckoned and she made the jump from Telemundo to Univision to host Primer Impacto weekend edition, eventually becoming a regular co-host. See a pattern here?

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