Maria Celeste Arraras honored for contribution to TV

Miami, May 6 (EFE).- Maria Celeste Arraras, one of the best-known journalists in Hispanic television, received the Silver Circle Award for her contribution to the television industry, the Telemundo television network announced Monday.

Arraras received the prize bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

"I feel very lucky to have found a career that I'm passionate about, early in life. I live the news, journalism runs in my veins," Arraras told Efe on Monday regarding the prize, which is presented to people who have made a contribution to the television industry for at least 25 years.

Arraras is the host of "Al Rojo Vivo," Telemundo's news magazine, and is the guest co-anchor of "Noticiero Telemundo," along with Jose Diaz-Balart, who was presented with this prize in the past.

"From the start of her career in Puerto Rico through today, she has proven herself to be an excellent journalist and talented presenter who connects with audiences like few of her peers," Noticias Telemundo Senior Vice President Sylvia Rosabal said of Arraras.

"Her genuineness and credibility have helped shape one of the fastest growing industries in the country: Hispanic television," the executive said.

Arraras has been a guest co-host on NBC's "Today."

She has also received a number of other acknowledgements, including a prestigious Emmy award.