María Salazar joined FOX 26 News in February 2018 as a reporter. Raised in Georgia, Maria is delighted to be back in the South and feels at home in Texas. She comes from Reading, Pennsylvania where she worked for two years as bilingual reporter for WFMZ. While at WFMZ, she covered the impacts of increased immigration enforcement in Reading and shed light on the city’s drug trade problem. Maria was also sent to Washington, D.C. to cover President Trump’s inauguration and the women’s march. Previously, María was a reporter at Telemundo Atlanta where she worked in partnership with the local ABC affiliate in Atlanta, WSB-TV, to uncover abuse and fraud at a local private school for troubled teens. The school closed due to loss of enrollment after the investigative reports aired in August 2015. The school's director was later arrested on multiple fraud and theft by deception charges. Moreover, at Telemundo Atlanta, Maria worked on a four-part Southeast Emmy-nominated political special during the 2014 elections. Maria interviewed the front runners for Georgia Governor and U.S. Senate. She also produced in-depth reports on the electoral process for first time voters. María is a three-time Southeast Emmy award-winning reporter including one for a report on sex trafficking in the Atlanta area. Born in Chicago to immigrants from Mexico, Maria is proud of her Mexican-American heritage. She holds a BS in Public Policy and a MS in Social Foundations of Education from Georgia State University. When Maria isn't reporting, you can catch her pretending to be a mariachi singer and trying a new recipe.
Healthcare workers have continued to risk their own lives to save others, which is why the Houston Methodist CEO called a federal advisory panel vote not to approve booster shots for them a slap in the face. However, on Friday morning the CDC's director overruled that decision.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 34 in the U.S. and Texas.
A 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Kingwood on Monday night is the son of a Houston police officer, the department says.
At a time when nurses are leaving the field, a local university is looking to help meet the needs through an accelerated nursing degree program. A graduate of that nursing program is switching careers to work on the front line of the battle.
The teen says he suffered head and leg injuries and his family wants to know why so many of their questions about what happened remain unanswered by the district.
Cleanup continues for some of the hardest-hit coastal communities in Greater Houston, including for small businesses.
The wind was howling, trees knocked down, and transformers exploded in the distance in Clear Lake Shores.
This Saturday will make 20 years since the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center. And FOX 26's Maria Salazar shows how Houstonians will never forget the memory of those victims who lost their lives that fateful day.
A Fort Bend Co. teen went online, used some sarcasm when telling her followers what to do to overwhelm the website and cause it to crash, which it did.
Last week, the World Health Organization identified the mu variant as a new variant of interest. The delta variant is classified as a variant of concern.