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.
FOX 26 Reporter Maria Salazar spoke with a Harris County Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen and Mattress Mack about their efforts to get free masks to the people that need them.
Less than half of the nearly 210,000 students in the Houston Independent School District are logging on to their distance learning program.
A University of Houston professor says drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites aren't enough and believes the government needs to do more to get tests to the people who need them.
About 20% of Latinos in Houston live in poverty. Income inequality can impact how students learn, particularly now, with distance learning.
A new COVID-19 testing site opens Monday in south Houston as part of efforts to reach more minority communities.
The family of a caregiver who contracted COVID-19 at Park Manor, a senior living facility in Missouri City, says facility managers acted too slow when an outbreak began.
Beatrice Lewis was staying at Park Manor Quail Valley Nursing Center in Missouri City. Now, she's in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after testing positive for the virus.
High school Junior Grant Bohlmann set up a Zoom call for elementary students where they could learn math and science.
Many refugee families do not have access to a computer, internet, and they do not understand the concept of distance learning.
On Friday, Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital got a large shipment of masks from a Houston start-up.