Chicago - July 29, 2013 – Telemundo Chicago announced today that Edna Schmidt has been named co-anchor for “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago” 5pm and 10 pm editions, effective immediately. Edna brings more than 20 years of journalistic experience, in-depth reporting and professionalism to the award winning news team. She will join co-anchor Alfonso Gutiérrez, sports anchor Oscar Guzmán, Meteorologist Maricela Vázquez and a dynamic team of reporters including Alba Mendiola, María Elena Ponticiello, Cesar Rodríguez and newly appointed Karla Leal to deliver breaking news and the latest information on issues affecting the Hispanic community in the Chicago area.
“I am humbled by this opportunity given to me by Telemundo Chicago, it is exciting and fulfilling to be back on television, but more important is my return to Chicago, which I consider my home,” said Schmidt.
“We are thrilled to welcome Edna to our team,” said Diana Maldonado, Vice President of News. “Her vast breadth of knowledge and journalism experience throughout her successful career makes her the perfect leader to expand Noticiero Telemundo Chicago’s growth and evolution.”
Edna Schmidt has been recognized for her versatility, professionalism, and dedication as a news correspondent and anchor throughout a professional career that spans more than 20 years. During this time, she has covered several historic events, including the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York, the anthrax attacks, and the execution of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber. Schmidt has also covered two World Cups, as well as the 5th Summit of the Americas, where leaders of the region had their first encounter with the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Previously, Schmidt had the opportunity to moderate a panel regarding the crisis that unfolded with the Swine Flu in Washington D.C. She has also interviewed prominent figures in the political arena such as Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico; Pedro Rosello, former Governor of Puerto Rico; and Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles and Mireya Moscoso, former President of Panama, among others.
Schmidt began her career in 1988 as news reporter and anchor in her native Puerto Rico, where she worked for WSJN-TV, Noticias 24. In 1995, she joined Univision as main anchor for both editions of the local newscast of WGBO-TV, channel 66 in Chicago. In 2000, Schmidt, who had already reported for Univision at the national level, joined “Noticiero Univision” as chief and correspondent for the Chicago Bureau covering the entire Mid-West region of the country.
Recognized by her talent, charisma, and professionalism, in 2005 she was promoted to co-anchor of “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana” where she not only led the weekend newscasts, but also reported for “Noticiero Univision,” “Última Hora,” and “Despierta América” during such historical events as Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington D.C. and New York, as well as the constitutional referendum in Venezuela.
Schmidt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Iowa State University.
Telemundo Station Group, part of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division, owns 16 television stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Producing and broadcasting more than 5,000 hours of unique and relevant local content each year, including award-winning news, public affairs and entertainment programs, Telemundo Station Group serves Hispanic viewers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Bay Area, San Antonio, Phoenix, Fresno, Denver, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Boston, Tucson, and Puerto Rico. In addition, Telemundo Station Group offers support to 52 affiliates across the country and manages dedicated local websites and applications, and a digital out-of-home operation that reaches consumers in 17 Hispanic markets.
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