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Ilia Calderon

Yasmine Published On Thu May 21 2020   Modified On Thu May 21 2020
Ilia Calderon

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Full NameIlia Calderon
First NameIlia
Last NameCalderon
Birth NameIlia Calderón Chamat
ProfessionNews Anchor
Birth CityChoco
Birth CountryColombia
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseEugene Jang
No Of Children1
AwardsEmmy Award,Premio Orquídea award
EducationBachelor’s degree in Social Work from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
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Date of BirthMay 15,1972
Age48 years


    Body and Relation Status of Ilia Calderon

    What is Ilia Calderon marital status ?Married
    How many children does Ilia Calderon have ?1
    Who is Ilia Calderon married with?Eugene Jang

    Who is Ilia Calderon?

    Ilia Calderon is an Emmy Award-winning news anchor who currently works at Univision. She is originally from El Chocó, Colombia, and of Afro-Colombian heritage.

    Ilia Calderon is a Emmy Award winning Journalist.
    Photo Source: IIia Calderon's Instagram

    The 48-year-old is truly a trailblazer in so many regards. She is the first Afro-Latina to anchor a news desk in weekday on a major network in the United States. Similarly, she was the first black woman to ever host a national news program in her native country of Colombia.

    Ilia Calderon Had an InterRacial Wedding

    Ilia Calderon's husband is Eugene Jang, who is a Korean-American by heritage. The veteran anchor met her future husband, a physical therapist, by profession through a mutual friend.

    IIia Calderon with he husband Eugene Jang.
    Photo Source: IIia Calderon's Instagram

    The pair immediately clicked as they shared the same values and thus soon started dating. As they made their relationship public, there were many who criticized them for dating someone of another race. There were biases for another race from both sides.

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    Thankfully, parents of Ilia and Eugene were supportive of their affair, and the pair thus tied the knot after dating for a couple of years. More than nine years has passed since the wedding, but the pair is still very much in love.

    The anchor, in an interview, stated that her husband is her rock. She also revealed that they complement one another as they have different personalities.

    Ilia Calderon: Parent of A Multi-Racial Daughter

    Illia and her husband Eugene Jang welcomed a daughter Anna Jang-Calderon in August 19, 2012. She has inherited her mother's dark skin and her dad's eyes.

    Ilia Calderon with her daughter Anna and husband Eugene.
    Photo Source:IIia Calderon's Instagram 

    Calderon is very much aware of the racism in the USA, thus, she is preparing her multiracial daughter to navigate it from a young age. In 2015, she wrote a open letter to her daughter which was titled "Why I have to prepare my daughter to face discrimination."

    Ilia Calderon: Career 

    Illa started her journalism career in 1994 in her home country of Colombia. There, she became the first Afro-Latina to host a national news program.

    After a few years, the Afro-Colombian was hired by Telemundo, a U.S. based Spanish-language broadcaster. While at Telemundo, she co-anchored Telemundo's weekend national newscast and Telemundo Internacional.

    Ilia Calderon co-host Noticiero Univision with Jorge ramos.
    Photo Source: IIia Calderon's Instagram  

    After six years, she joined Univision where she served as a co-anchor of the weekend edition, Primer Impacto Fin de Semana , and Primer Impacto. Later, she joined veteran reporter Jorge Ramos as co-host of Noticiero Univision and became the first Afro-Latina to anchor a major news desk in the United States.

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    Calderon, in her more than two decades of career as a journalist, has reported many stories and has conducted many interviews. However, nothing comes close to her interview of Christopher Barker, the self-styled imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan on the hate group's own property. 

    During the interview, Barker used racial slurs against her and even threatened to burn her alive. In spite of all that, she remained calm and continued to interview him. The video became viral and also helped her win an Emmy.

    Ilia Calderon: Net Worth

    Illia still holds her position as the co-host of Noticiero Univision. On average, a news anchor at Univision earns $66,000

    However, given that Ilia is a veteran with more than twenty years of experience so it is very likely her salary is on the higher side of the pay-scale. It is reported her net worth as of 2020 is $500,000.

    Ilia Calderon: Quick Facts

    • Ilia is originally from El Chocó, Colombia, but is currently based in Miami. She moved to Florida in 2001.
    • She majored in Social Work at Universidad de Antioquia.
    • She grew up with two sisters.
    • Calderon has interviewed numerous prominent politicians and celebrities, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, and Shakira.

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