There is something refreshingly unguarded about María Celeste”
says the Associated Press (May,2009)
María Celeste is “Breaking the Sound Barrier” Says The New York Times (July 2006)
People en Español calls her the “Hispanic TV Queen!” (March 2006)
“María Celeste is the leading show host for Hispanic television in the U.S!”
Hispanic Image Magazine (June/July 2005)
ABC Radio Network calls María Celeste a “Media Dynamo.” (October 2005)
“One of the most dynamic and well-rounded communicators in the entertainment industry today” says the NY Daily News (June 2003)
“She’s a household name in the United States and in Latin America. A darling of the Spanish- language media, which turned her into a cover girl for magazine articles that range from fitness to the super mom syndrome.” The New York Times (May 2002)
“The most prominent player in a blossoming media experiment between two television networks in different languages.” Los Angeles Times (November, 2002)
“She’s a star, along the lines of talent like Diane Sawyer and Jane Pauley,”
said the president of NBC to The New York Times (May 2002)
The Hollywood Reporter sees María Celeste as a “crossover Spanish/Anglo star”
making an impact in front and behind the scenes (February, 2003)
“The Katie Couric of Latin TV” The Dallas Morning News (April 2002)
Her hiring by Telemundo/NBC was described as”major on-air talent hire”
in an article titled “NBC, Telemundo Snags Red Hot Arrarás from Univision”
published by The Washington Post (April 2002)
Electronic Media claims María Celeste Arrarás is “the big get” in Spanish language
television under the headline “Arraras turns up the heat at Telemundo. (April 2002)
“María Celeste is sizzling!” according to the Sun Sentinel. The South Florida publication points out that her show “has taken the U.S. Latin audience by storm” and that it’s popularity is spilling over into mainstream television making María Celeste “the darling of not only Telemundo, but also of its parent network NBC.”
María Celeste is the host and managing editor of “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste”, the most talked about newsmagazine in Hispanic television, produced by Telemundo/NBC. “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” airs nationwide in the U.S. and in 15 Latin American countries.
She’s a guest co-host of NBC’s “Today” show. According to The New York Times “Ms. Arrarás’s high-profile sally into national network television, in the spot previously occupied by Ms. Couric no less, was groundbreaking for a Spanish-accented broadcaster.” (July 23,2006)
She appeared in the cover of Newsweek in 2006 after the magazine selected her as one of the “20 Most Powerful Women” of the next generation of leaders. Later that year Newsweek also had her in the cover of its special international edition dedicated to “Women and Leadership”.
She received an Emmy Award in 2005 for her career achievements.
USA Today included her latest book “Make Your Life Prime Time:How to succeed in everything without losing your soul” in its list of recommended books for the Summer of 2009.
Starting in March 2009, she participates in the in-flight news/entertainment program produced by NBC for American Airlines.
She has daily capsules airing on ABC Radio Network. “Celebrating the Healthy Life with María Celeste” offers advice for Hispanic families on health and wellness.
She has been featured in the cover of People en Español more than any other celebrity…14 times in total!
People en Español chose her for its cover dedicated to “The 25 Most Powerful Women of 2009.”
Ocean Drive magazine chose her as one of the “Power Players” of 2007.
Her book Selena’s Secret became an instant bestseller and was described by the prestigious trade magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, as “Simon & Schuster’s most successful front list title in Spanish.”
Her first report for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams aired on April 2008.
Presently a Hollywood production company is developing a screenplay based on her children’s book, The Magic Cane. (Scholastics 2007)
She hosted New Year’s Eve Live from Times Square in 2005 for Telemundo and also did live segments for the NBC Telecast hosted by Carson Daly.
On the night of María Celeste’s debut as a contributor for “Dateline/NBC”, the show experienced a dramatic audience increase in both Hispanic an Anglo demographics. Former NBC president Andrew Lack told the Los Angeles Times that María Celeste “was one of the highest segments at ‘Dateline’ that quarter.” He described her as “a serious, smart journalist.” (Summer 2002)
In 2004, she co-hosted the Brown-Black Democratic Presidential Debate in Iowa for MSNBC, a program that was #1 in the cable ratings universe when it aired live.
She was a guest star in NBC’s daytime soap opera Passions in 2003. The two episodes that she taped experienced a dramatic increase in both household and key demos, versus the program’s average the previous year.
People named her one of its “Beauties Around the Clock” in the 2006 special edition of “The 100 Most Beautiful People”.
She has been selected six times as one of People En Español “50 Most Beautiful People”.
In May, 2005 she was invited to the Maury Povitch show to talk about her program. She was also a guest on The Tony Danza Show in February, 2006.
She conducted live interviews for the Macy’s Day Parade telecast produced by NBC in 2005.
As the official guide of the “Tram Tour” at Universal Studios in California she welcomes the thousands of Spanish speaking guests that visit the adventure park every year.
She was named “Queen of the Internet” after her first cyber chat surpassed the record ‘amount of participants in a chat’ set by Ricky Martin. (2001)
On two occasions she has been selected as judge of the Miss Universe pageant. (2003,2006)
In the annual “Hot Celebrity Poll” conducted by People en Español, readers across the nation chose her as the “most popular and credible television personality.”
María Celeste has three children ages 11, 9 and 8. Her beautiful home in Miami has been featured in Architectural Digest.
“Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” is a news and entertainment magazine that takes you around the world in an hour. Its unique format has been described as “paella style” because it combines live interviews with news of the day, special investigations, celebrity news, amazing videos, health, consumer issues and the latest in technology. The show airs in the U.S. Monday through Friday at 5pm east/pacific and 4pm central.