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Telemundo Anchor Maria Celeste Arrarás Visits Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - April 7, 2016

Arrarás ’82 will film on campus as she celebrates 30 years in television and her May induction to the School of Mass Communication’s Den of Distinction

Telemundo anchor and mass communication alumna Maria Celeste Arrarás ‘82 will visit Loyola University New Orleans on Friday, April 8, 2016. Arrarás will be on campus to film a segment for a future Telemundo special celebrating the anniversary of her 30 years in television.

Arrarás, who will be inducted into the School of Mass Communication’s Den of Distinction and honored at the university in May, will visit with students and faculty; teach a capstone journalism class; take a campus tour; and visit the School of Mass Communication’s fabulous new studio set and incredible equipment, paid for in part by a generous grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents. The new studio set completed this spring is slated to be part of a larger communications hub planned through the university’s $100 million Faith in the Future campaign.

“Maria Celeste Arrarás is one of the world’s most recognized television journalists, and she got her start right here at Loyola University New Orleans in the School of Mass Communication,” said the school’s director, Professor Sonya Duhé, Ph. D.

“Her success is yet another testament to the outstanding journalism and mass communication program at Loyola University New Orleans ― and to the excellent liberal arts education one can receive at the largest Jesuit university in the South.”

Arrarás is a best-selling author and Emmy award-winning television journalist. She is the host and managing editor of the Spanish-language news program Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste, the most talked about newsmagazine in Hispanic television, produced by Telemundo/NBC. She also co-anchors Telemundo’s internationally acclaimed newscast, Noticiero Telemundo. Between her two live television news shows, she is watched daily by approximately 35 million viewers across the Western hemisphere.

Arrarás has been featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine as one of the women leaders of her generation and has appeared on the cover of People en Español 14 times. Among her myriad accomplishments, she has been a guest co-host of NBC’s Today Show, reported for Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and penned three best-selling books.

Making headlines of a different sort, the Telemundo anchor also co-moderated the Republican debate hosted Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 by CNN, Telemundo, and Salem Media Group. Flanked by fellow moderators CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s Dana Bash and Salem’s Hugh Hewitt, Arrarás grilled GOP contenders on issues of interest to Latino voters during the presidential debate, including immigration, foreign policy, and health care.

The appearance marked Arrarás’ second time hosting a presidential debate. In 2004, Arrarás moderated a Democratic presidential debate, in which she focused on issues facing Texas and Southern states, as well as the Latino community.

She will be inducted into the School of Mass Communication’s Den of Distinction on May 20. Joining Arrarás in this year’s class is internationally known television production executive Mike Skehan ‘76, who got his start as an award-winning photographer/videographer at New Orleans WWL-TV television news station and currently owns and operates Washington, D.C.-based multimedia and video production firm Skehan Communications LLC.