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Giselle Fernández
Born May 15, 1961(1961-05-15)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican American
Occupation television news anchor

Giselle Fernández (born May 15, 1961) is an American television journalist. Her appearances on network television[1] include as reporter and guest anchor for CBS Early Show, CBS Evening News, NBC Today, NBC Nightly News, regular host for Access Hollywood, and guest on Dancing with the Stars.

Life and career

Fernández was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and was brought to the United States at the age of four. Her Catholic father was a flamenco dancer, while her Jewish mother was a student of Mexican folklore.[2] Giselle attended the Sacramento State University, where she graduated in 1982. Her television career began in 1983 at KRDO in Pueblo, Colorado and KEYT-TV. From 1985 until 1989, she worked as a television reporter and weekend anchor in Los Angeles (KTLA),[2] Chicago (WBBM), and Miami (WCIX). In 1988 she garnered some controversy in Chicago when she went boating with John Cappas, a drug dealer being sought by authorities, then accompanied him to his arrest by federal agents.[3][4] While in Chicago, she met Ron Kershaw, who was previously involved with Jessica Savitch. The two were engaged, but Kershaw died of pancreatic cancer and liver cancer. A month later her father died of Alzheimer's disease.[5]

She gained her first national news job in October 1991 for CBS News, when she moved to New York and became a correspondent and back-up anchor for both the morning, evening, and weekend news broadcasts.[2] She later moved to NBC, where she anchored the weekend edition of the Today Show and the Sunday NBC Nightly News, as well as various special reporting assignments in the U.S. and elsewhere.[6]

From 1996 to 1999, Giselle was the co-host for Access Hollywood, an entertainment news program on NBC. She then co-hosted the "This Week in History" show on the History Channel.[7] In 2002 she returned to her roots in Los Angeles and joined KTLA television news. She left this position in 2003 to pursue a variety of special projects, including making a movie and writing children's books. In 2004, her book titled Gigi and the Birthday Ring was published through the Laredo Publishing Company.[8]

Fernandez participated as a contestant on the second season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" in January 2006, but was the third contestant to be eliminated. She partnered with Jonathan Roberts and had an average of 23 points.[9]

Fernández has won five Emmy Awards for journalism.[6] She is a member of the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives and has worked on the board of trustees of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.[10] In 2006, she was named the year's Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.[11] She is married to John Farrand, former CEO of Panavision, Inc.[12]

Media offices
Preceded by
Host of Access Hollywood with Larry Mendte (1996 to 1997) and with Pat O'Brien (1997 to 1999)
Succeeded by
Nancy O'Dell with Pat O'Brien


  1. ^ Aldrich, Leigh Stephens (1989). Covering the Community: a Diversity Handbook for Media. Pine Forge Press. p. 87. ISBN 0761985131.  
  2. ^ a b c Telgen, Diane; Kamp, Jim (1993). Notable Hispanic American Women. Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft AG. p. 156. ISBN 0810375788.  
  3. ^ "CBS Newsie Makes her Own Headlines". New York Magazine (New York Media, LLC) 24 (39): p. 14. October 7, 1991.  
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (July 11, 2007). "Reporter's pool visit results in departure". Chicago Tribune.,0,3666517.story. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  
  5. ^ Mavis, Barbara J. (1995). "Giselle Fernandez". Famous People of Hispanic Heritage. III. Mitchell Lane Publishers. ISBN 1-883845-24-6. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  
  6. ^ a b Novas, Himilce (2007). Everything you need to know about Latino history (3rd ed.). Plume. p. 341. ISBN 0452288894.  
  7. ^ "Giselle Fernandez". The Women's Conference. Retrieved 2009-12-27.  
  8. ^ Fernandez, Giselle (2004). Gigi and the Birthday Ring. Laredo Publishing Company. ISBN 1564923584.  
  9. ^ "Giselle Fernandez Finds Her Hidden Talent". ABC News. January 23, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  
  10. ^ Mendoza, Sylvia (2004). The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success. Adams Media. pp. 108–110. ISBN 1593372124.  
  11. ^ Rutledge, Steve. "Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Trustee Giselle Fernandez-Farrand Named “Outstanding Philanthropist”". Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  
  12. ^ "Giselle Fernandez". Sac State Magazine. California State University, Sacramento. Fall 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-10.  

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