Friends, celebrities and local talent got together for a private celebration to commemorate Natalia Cruz’s television career, hosted by Natalia’s husband, Jairo Cruz, BARUs Urbano Doral, Aguila and publicist Jennifer Heegaard, president of JEJE Consulting. This award-winning journalist, reporter and host of Univision has worked for some of the most important media outlets in Colombia and the United States.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, to journalist parents, Cruz got her start in radio, working on “Emisora Atlantico” while studying communications and journalism at Universidad del Norte. She began her television career at age 17 as a local news reporter for Telecaribe’s “CV Noticias.” Cruz’s debut on Colombian national television came in 1999 as a host and reporter for the variety show “Extra” on Canal Caracol. In 2000, she came to the United States with her husband, where she continued her career on Spanish public television. She later worked at Univision’s “Despierta America” and “Sabado Gigante” before taking the desk as evening news anchor on Telemundo, New York. Cruz’s talent, training and high-quality work has earned her Emmy Awards for Best News Anchor, Best Newscast and Best Series of Social Interest, among other awards. Cruz currently lives in Miami, where she works as a reporter for Univision news magazine “Primer Impacto” and hosts “Noticiero Univision” Weekend and “Al Punto.” She continues to contribute reports to “Despierta America”, “Primer Impacto” and “Noticiero Univision.”
The Mistress of Ceremonies was Gina Ullmos and the evening featured international artists: Lil Duey, accordionist, singer and songwriter, is the grandson of legendary Colombian folk singer Maestro Lisandro Meza, Aneudy Lara musician, actor and Dominican model, formerly of the band Local 34, who became internationally known for his roles in several soap operas. Andres Zapata, a Colombian singer based in West Palm Beach.