Quick Facts of

  • First NameMaria
  • Last NameElvira
  • Date of Birth11 January, 1961
  • Net Worth$ 6 million
  • CareerJournalist, Anchor
  • Age61 Years
  • Height5 Feet 6 inches

Five times Emmy Award winner Maria Elvira is an American-born Cuban journalist and a television anchor who is well known for her works at the Spanish channel, Telemundo, where she worked for over three decades.

She is also well known for her program Maria Elvira Live! in Mega TV. Throughout her career, she interviewed many popular social figures like Mother Teresa, Fidel Castro, former President Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

Maria Elvira’s Net Worth: $6 million

As of 2022, the American journalist and television presenter has an estimated net worth of $4 million from her career in journalism.

Her estimated average salary as the host of Telemundo is calculated to be $50,216 for year. Also, Telemundo is believed to pay their journalist and an annual average salary of $73,387.

According to Glassdoor, the average salary per annum of a journalist in the United States is $45,845. 


Maria started her professional journalism career as a general assignment reporter for Channel 23 in 1983. She was made the senior political correspondent for Univision in 1984.

She started working for Telemundo Network since 1993. She worked for Telemundo for about three decades until 2002. Elvia was then given her news shows by America TV 41 in 2002. 

However, she left the channel and started working for Channel 22. The channel was later named Mega TV after it was owned by Raul Alarcon. There she ran the program Polo Opuestos which was also renamed and made Maria Elvira Live!.

During her career, she has interviewed many renowned personalities like Fidel Castro, John Jairo Velásquez, Augusto Pinochet, Yoani Sanchez, and Mother Teresa. Maria also interviewed former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Maria Elvira is also trying her luck in politics and won the Republican primary on 28th August 2018 by a margin of 15 points. However, she lost the general election to Democratic nominee Donna Shalala by 52%. For the forthcoming elections, Elvira is considered as a strong candidate for Florida’s 27th Congressional District in the US House.

Besides journalism, she is also the author of the book Si Dios Contigo, ¿Quién contra ti? (2010) which was a huge sale success in the U.S. Hispanic States.

Maria’s Short Bio

She was born as Maria Elvira Salazar on 1st November 1961 in Miami, Florida in the United States. Maria has not disclosed the name of her parents, but her parents were immigrants from Cuba. She is of American nationality and her ethnicity is Cuban.

Elvira studied at the Deerborne School of Coral Gables and completed her graduation from Miami Dade College. She received her Bachelor in Arts in Communication from the University of Miami in 1983. Maria received her Masters of Public University from Harvard University-affiliated John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1995.

The 61-years-old American journalist has been married and divorced twice. She now lives with her two daughters. She married her second husband Renzo Maietta, a home designer, and builder in 1999. The relationship lasted for 10 years and the couple divorced in 2009. The name of her first husband is currently unknown.