MIAMI – Univision News announced Monday that Patricia Janiot will be joining its top-tier roster of acclaimed journalists in January 2018.
Janiot will co-anchor Univision’s late-night network newscast, “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna,” alongside Enrique Acevedo. She will also serve as co-anchor for the weekly primetime newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now), with Ilia Calderón and Teresa Rodríguez, as well as launch a new Latin America-focused news program on all Univision News digital platforms. Additionally, Janiot will develop content for special programs.
Known to millions of viewers across the U.S. and Latin America as the face of CNN en Español, Janiot is a familiar and highly respected figure in international news. Her distinguished career at the cable network has spanned almost 26 years, during which she first co-anchored the primetime newscast Noticiero Telemundo-CNN on Telemundo Network, then moved on to CNN (1992-1997), and later became CNN en Español’s senior anchor (1997-2017). As senior anchor, she has covered the most important world news events of the past quarter century, ranging from wars, terrorist attacks, and regional crises to presidential elections, political summits, papal visits, natural disasters, and much more.
She also interviewed most of the Latin American presidents in office during the last 25 years, including Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, as well as numerous political leaders and prominent world figures, among them Augusto Pinochet, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Dan Brown, and many others.
Since 2003, Janiot has been the solo anchor of CNNE’s principal primetime newscast, “Panorama Mundial,” which was honored with an Emmy® Award in 2014. In 2016, she also began hosting “Nuestro Mundo,” a newsmagazine that airs on Sundays. Throughout the years Janiot has presented various other programs and specials on the network. Before joining CNN, Janiot co-anchored the evening newscast for Univision’s local station in Los Angeles, Univision 34 (KMEX), and was the host of the local morning show “Buenos Días Nueva York” on Univision 41 (WXTV) in New York.
Janiot has received numerous accolades for her journalistic achievements, including an Emmy Award and several nominations, the Premio Nacional de Periodismo (National Journalism Award) from Club de Periodistas de México (Mexican Journalists Club), a Golden Mike Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, and a Premio INTE (Spanish Language Television Industry Award) for “Best Female News Personality.” She was also named in the Hispanic Media 100 list, an annual recognition of the 100 most influential Spanish-language journalists and news media executives in the United States.
Beyond her work in journalism, Janiot serves as president of the non-profit organization “Colombianitos,” dedicated to helping underprivileged children affected by violence in Colombia. For her commitment to humanitarian causes, she received the White House Champions of Change Award, as well as the United Nations’
Women Together Award. She was also the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Public Service from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. Additionally, she has been recognized by prominent organizations and received various awards in Colombia, including Premio Cafam a la Mujer (Cafam Award to Women), Colombiana de Corazón (Colombian at Heart), Mujer del Año (Woman of the Year), and Mujeres de Éxito (Successful Women). She was also honored with the Manuela Beltrán Order of Merit.
“The addition of Patricia Janiot to our outstanding team of celebrated journalists is one more feather in the cap for Univision News, and we’re thrilled to have her on board,” stated Daniel Coronell, president, Univision News. “Patricia’s stature and recognition in the international news media industry are indisputable, as is her unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence. Now with Univision as her forum, via broadcast television and all our digital platforms, she’ll have new audiences to reach and many opportunities to build on her passion for informing and empowering her viewers. Patricia’s appointment is clearly a win-win for both Univision News and Hispanic America.”
“Although leaving CNN was a difficult decision, I felt it was time to take on new challenges and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do so at Univision,” said Janiot. “I look forward to joining Enrique Acevedo on ‘Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna’ every weeknight, working with Teresa Rodríguez and Ilia Calderón on ‘Aquí y Ahora,’ and developing new multiplatform projects with the Univision News team. After almost 26 years, life has pleasantly surprised me by bringing me back to the company where I first launched my broadcast journalism career in the United States. I’m very excited about this new phase in my professional life.”
A native of Bucaramanga, Colombia, Janiot holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication from Universidad de la Sabana in Bogotá, as well as a degree in English from Cambridge University. She also studied TV and Radio Broadcasting and Production at Bogotá’s Colegio Superior de Telecomunicaciones.
Before moving to the U.S., she was a presenter on Colombian television, hosting the newsmagazine “Testimonio,” winner of the Premio Simón Bolívar de Periodismo (Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award), and a magazine show titled “Momento Cultural,” in addition to co-anchoring the “Noticiero Criptón” newscast. Janiot began her journalistic career at the Colombian radio network Caracol Radio.