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2017 Silver Circle Inductee Martha Kattan

Born and raised in Mexico City. Martha. began her broadcast career in radio in 1980, immediately after graduating from High School.

Martha C. Kattan joined Univision Houston in November 2011.

Prior to her current assignment, Kattan led Dallas Univision’s News department for 13 years. During her tenure, the News Team achieved record performance in A.C Nielsen’s Survey of the Dallas-Fort Worth Television Market outperforming its English and Spanish-language counterparts.

The News Department grew sizably in professional staff with the launch of the first weekend Spanish Newscasts in July 2000 and the first Spanish Morning News in North Texas in April 2011.

In 2010 Kattan Supervised Univision affiliate Sports/News World Cup coverage in South Africa

Notable Achievements:

  • 2000 – Kattan and the Dallas Univision News Team received the DEA’s award for Community Service and were nominated for the Attorney General’s Award in Washington D.C.
  • 2002 – Joined the Lone Star Emmy Chapter and was named to the Board of Governors in representation of Spanish speaking Media for the State of Texas
  • 2005 – Awarded her first Lone Star Chapter EMMY for Directing and Producing a 30-minute special on the importance of the Latino Vote
  • 2005 – Named Lone Star Trustee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 2008 – Named Lone Star Emmy’s Chapter Treasurer
  • 2009 – Recipient of Lone Star Chapter Station Excellence EMMY
  • 2009 – Named Lone Star Emmy’s Chapter President
  • 2013 – Recipient of Lone Star Chapter News Excellence EMMY
  • 2015 – Recipient of Lone Star Chapter Continued Coverage EMMY

Prior to Univision, Kattan experienced the joy and satisfaction of launching CNN En Español, 24- hour Spanish News Network, where as Supervising Producer, had the fortune of working alongside experienced leaders and renowned Latin-American journalists.

During her tenure at CNNE Kattan assumed sole responsibility for all areas of news coverage, leading major international breaking news coverage such as:

  • The Death of Princess Diana- August 1997-Produced live coverage with live shots from Paris and London
  • The Marriage of Infanta Cristina- October 1997-Produced live coverage from Spain.
  • Chiapas Massacre- December 1997 Produced live-breaking news and follow-ups.
  • Peruvian Hostage Crisis –April 1997 Produced live coverage of hostage release
  • Pope John Paul’s visit to Mexico and US January 1999–Field Producer, producing live coverage from Mexico City and St. Louis Missouri.,
  • Iraq/UN Agreement- Supervised and produced breaking news and follow-ups with live coverage from Baghdad and New York.
  • Kosovo War- 1999- Supervised and produced breaking news with live coverage-
  • Copa America”- 1997-Supervised and produced 2-week live coverage from Bolivia.

Proud and blessed mother of three adult children and grandmother of 8 year-old Natalia & 6 year old Mateo and 3 year old Camila