Ilia Calderon is co-anchor of Univision Network’s flagship evening newscast, “Noticiero Univision.” and she also co-hosts Univision’s primetime newsmagazine, “Aquí y Ahora.”
Calderón is the first Afro-Latina anchoring an evening newscast for a major broadcast network in the United States. She previously a similar milestone in her native Colombia, was the first black woman to ever host a national news program in her country: “Noticiero CMI.”
Prior to joining Jorge Ramos on “Noticiero Univision” in 2017, she was co-anchor of Univision’s “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna”, before that she was co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto” (First Impact). Prior to that, she served as co-anchor of the weekend edition, “Primer Impacto Fin de Semana.”
Before joining Univision, Calderon co-anchored Telemundo’s weekend national newscast and Telemundo Internacional, where she interviewed numerous prominent politicians and celebrities, among them former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, and world-famous singer/songwriter Shakira.
A native of Colombia, Calderon began her career in 1994 anchoring a local newscast in Colombia’s second largest city, Medellín. Three years later she became the anchor of a highly respected nightly national newscast and also for a travel program, roles she held until she moved to the United States in 2001.
As a respected journalist, Calderon has received several recognitions during her professional career, including an Emmy® Award. In 2005, she received the “Premio Orquídea” award, which honors Colombians abroad, for best international journalist of the year. In 2002, she was named one of the 100 most important Hispanic journalists by the Hispanic Media 100 organization. Calderon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
She currently resides in Miami, Florida, with her husband and daughter.