Co-anchor, "Today" - Weekend Editions
Anchor, "NBC Nightly News" - Sunday Edition
Giselle Fernandez was named co-anchor of NBC's Weekend editions of
"Today" and anchor of "NBC Nightly News" Sunday edition in January 1995.
In addition to her anchor duties, Fernandez also covers special and foreign
assignments for NBC News from her New York base.
Fernandez is expected to host a daytime program, now in development,
for the NBC Television Stations. The five-day-a-week interview program
should be introduced by early 1996.
Formerly, Fernandez had been a New York-based correspondent and
fill-in anchor at CBS News since October 1991. She also served as a
substitute anchor on "CBS This Morning" for Paula Zahn, Dan Rather for
"CBS Evening News", and Connie Chung on "CBS Weekend News." In February
1992 she became a regular contributor to the "Eye in America" series on
"CBS Evening News." Fernandez also took assignments for "CBS Sunday
Morning", "Face the Nation," and "48 Hours."
Fernandez has covered a variety of stories around the world. The
list includes coverage of the United States military efforts in Somalia,
the Bosnian war (based in Sarajevo), the Haitian military government, and
the Cuban immigration crisis. Fernandez has also covered IRA complications
in London, Hurricane Andrew, and the World Trade Center bombing.
In October 1994, Fernandez was the first reporter to interview
Cuban leader Fidel Castro in English in two decades.
Prior to joining CBS, Fernandez was a weeknight anchor and a
reporter at WCIX-TV in Miami, covering events in south Florida and overseas,
including the Persian Gulf War, Haiti, and the U.S. invasion of Panama.
Earlier in her career, Fernandez was a reporter/weekend anchor at
WBBM-TV in Chicago, a reporter/anchor for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles and a
reporter at KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara. She began her broadcasting career
at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs.
Fernandez was born in Mexico City and raised in California. She
graduated from the University of Sacramento with a degree in journalism.
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