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Giselle Fernandez Biography
Giselle Fernandez is an award winning Mexican-American television journalist, producer, film maker and Latin media marketing entrepreneur.
Her appearances on network television include guest anchoring and reporting for CBS Early Show, CBS Evening News, NBC Today, NBC Nightly News, regular host for Access Hollywood, and a guest on Dancing with the Stars.
Fernandez attended California State University, Sacramento graduating in 1982 with a B.A in Journalism and Government.
Giselle Fernandez Age
She was born Giselle Fernandez on May 15, 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico. She is 61 years
Giselle Fernandez Family
Giselle was born in Mexico city and moved to East Los Angeles in the United States at the age of four. She was born to a Catholic father who was a flamenco dancer and her jewish mother was a student of Mexican folkfore. Her father died of Alzheimer’s disease.
Giselle Fernandez Husband | Giselle Fernandez Divorce
While she was in Chicago, Giselle met Ron Kershaw. Kershaw was previously involved with Jessica Savitch. Fernandez and Kershaw got engaged but Kershaw died of pancreatic cancer and liver cancer.
Giselle got married to British executive John Farrand a former CEO of Panavision, Inc and they had a daughter together. They later separated in April 2014.
Giselle Fernandez Daughter
Fernandez has a daughter, Talei with John Farrand.
Giselle Fernandez Journalist
She began her television career in 1983 with brief stops at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and then KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, California. She then joined KTLA in Los Angeles as a reporter and weekend anchor in 1985.
Giselle was recommended to KTLA by actor Fess Parker, who lived in the Santa Barbara area and was a friend of KTLA’s news managing director at the time.
Fernandez moved to CBS-owned WBBM-TV in Chicago two years later, and later in 1989 to WCIX CBS’s newly owned station in Miami. In 1988, Giselle garnered some controversy in Chicago when she went boating with John Cappas who was a drug dealer being sought by authorities, then accompanied him to his arrest by federal agents.
In October 1991, Fernandez gained her first national news job for CBS News, when she moved to New York City and became a correspondent and a back-up anchor for the morning, evening, and weekend news broadcasts.
Giselle later moved to NBC, where she anchored the weekend edition of the Today Show and also filled in for Brian Williams on the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News. She also undertook various special reporting assignments in the U.S. and elsewhere.
During the period of national news coverage, she reported on the crisis from Cuban immigration, unrest in Haiti, the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, the trial of the conspirators from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and also a scud missile attack while covering the Persian Gulf War. Fernandez was invited to make a rare interview of Fidel Castro, then president of Cuba.
She was the co-host for Access Hollywood, an entertainment news program on NBC from 1996 to 1999. She then co-hosted the This Week in History show on the History Channel. She returned to Los Angeles and rejoined KTLA in October 2001.
Fernandez left this position in August 2003 to pursue a variety of special projects, including making a movie and writing children’s books. In 2004, She book titled Gigi and the Birthday Ring was published through the Laredo Publishing Company.
Giselle Fernandez Dancing With The Stars
In January 2006, she participated as a contestant on the second season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, but she was the third contestant to be eliminated. Giselle partnered with Jonathan Roberts and had an average of 23 points.
Giselle Fernandez Awards
She has won five Emmy Awards for journalism. Fernandez is a member of the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives and has also worked on the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Giselle Fernandez Philanthropy
She was named the 2007 philanthropist of the year, the 2007 Hispanic philanthropist of the year. The Legislative Hispanic Caucus awarded her the Hispanic Spirit Award and was awarded the prestigious Nancy Riordan award in 2007 by Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for her contribution to the children of L.A. She was recently inducted to the Latina Women’s Museum in Sacramento honoring outstanding Latinas in California.
Giselle Fernandez Now
Fernandez is the Managing Director of Creative World Talent Management, a division of the Trump Group, overseeing a diverse global media operation with special emphasis in Latin America and the U.S. Latin market.
Giselle has constructed a robust and growing bridge between the U.S. and Latin media markets in Mexico, Spain and Brazil. She has also opened new doors to shared entertainment on all sides of the border in all mediums, from print, film, television, Internet, tele-communications to fashion, marketing, branding, celebrity endorsements and merchandizing.
Most recently, she joined Creative World Management where she is leveraging Creative World’s global reach and also resources to acquire and build dynamic Latino based entertainment and media businesses.
In addition to this, Giselle and Creative World seek out companies at a pivotal point in their development when they are in need of either capital or management and they provide either or both, as needed, to enable these companies and their managers to realize their full potential.
Her expanding operations, focuses on Latin themed productions for both English and Spanish language distribution. It is in development on several productions, most notably, co-executive producing the life story of the legendary Latino baseball hero, Roberto Clemente, in collaboration with Tom Hanks and HBO, among other Latin themed content.
She also has an impressive cadre of Latin artists and professionals who seek to build their brands in a cross-over market and expand their presence, while finding multiple applications for their businesses.
She also consults to corporate America on marketing strategies to the Latino consumer. She is best positioned to create this corporate bridge between the U.S. and Latin world as a result of an extensive network of contacts and also relationships cultivated for decades.
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