María Celeste Arrarás, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and investigative reporter, is one of the most popular Spanish-language television news personalities.
She is the former host and managing editor of Telemundo's “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste,” the most talked about newsmagazine in Hispanic television. She has been a guest host for NBC’s “Today” show and has collaborated with “Dateline” and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”
Maria Celeste has been featured on the cover of People en Español more than 14 times and was selected by Newsweek magazine to appear on the cover of its “20 Most Powerful Women of the Next Generation" issue of 2009. She has been featured in numerous articles on a wide range of publications, including the The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The Miami Herald.
People en Español recognized her as the best news anchor of 2012 in its end of year issue. Maria Celeste began her broadcasting career as a reporter in her native Puerto Rico on the local station Canal 24 (Channel 24). In 1986, she was hired by Telemundo’s station in New York and in 1994, she became the national host of Univision’s news magazine “Primer Impacto”.
As a bestselling author, her first book, Selena’s Secret, uncovered the story behind the murder and tragic death of Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla. It became an instant bestseller, selling more copies than any other non-fiction publication in Spanish.
In 2007, Scholastic published The Magic Cane, in Spanish and English, a magical fable inspired by the stories that María Celeste used to tell her own kids. Soon after, a Hollywood production company acquired the rights to turn The Magic Cane into a feature film.
More recently, Maria Celeste published “Make Your Life Prime Time”, an inspirational and utterly insightful guide to the power of forgiveness and the importance of striving for excellence.
She currently lives in Florida with her three children.