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Live from Loyola University New Orleans! Telemundo/NBC Anchor Maria Celeste Arrarás Airs Al Rojo Vivo

Loyola press release - May 18, 2016

On the eve of Loyola’s commencement, Arrarás ’82 and television production executive Mike Skehan ’76 will be inducted Friday evening to the School of Mass Communication’s Den of Distinction

Telemundo/NBC anchor and mass communication alumna Maria Celeste Arrarás ‘82 will air her nationally acclaimed talk show Al Rojo Vivo! live from Loyola University New Orleans on Friday, May 20, 2016. Arrarás, who visited campus last month to film a segment for a future Telemundo special celebrating the anniversary of her 30 years in television, will broadcast her milestone production from 3 to 4 p.m. CST from Loyola’s Palm Court on main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. In case of heavy rain, Arrarás will broadcast live from the School of Mass Communication’s brand-new state-of-the-art television studio.

Later that evening, Arraras and internationally known television production executive Mike Skehan ’76 will be inducted into the School of Mass Communication’s Den of Distinction. The event takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the third floor lobby in the School of Mass Communication, located in the Communications/Music Complex. Telemundo will film the event as part of their documentary news segment celebrating Arraras’ 30th year with the Telemundo/NBC network.

“Maria Celeste Arrarás is the most widely watched woman in the Western Hemisphere, and it’s such a thrill to have this celebrated alumna airing live from Loyola New Orleans,” said the school’s director, Professor Sonya Duhé, Ph. D. “News outlets and television stations from around the world rely on the experience and expertise of Mike Skehan ’76 when breaking and making international headlines.”

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.

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, currently owns and operates Washington, D.C.-based multimedia and video production firm Skehan Communications LLC.

Started in 2005, Skehan Communications LLC is a video production company that specializes in live and recorded HD remote production services. The organization, which has operated for more than 35 years, leads the Washington, D.C. area’s video production industry in technical innovation and quality of services.

Skehan Communications provides HD production trucks, satellite uplink services, flypacks, live White House shots, and other services to news outlets and television industry leaders from around the world.

“The success of these two fantastic alumni 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,” Duhé said.