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Cristina Blackwell

Cristina BlackwellCristina Blackwell was born on November 18th, 1983 in San Antonio, Texas, USA to a Mexican mother and an American father.

This gorgeous bilingual weather girl broadcasts in Spanish and English for Univision Network and Kens-TV 5 Eyewitness News.

She did not have the easiest childhood as they had to move around quite often. On top of that, she was bullied as a child. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Texas with a double major in communications and speech.

After University, she took voice and acting lessons at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center. She’s also taken some courses through Marymount University and done some internships in Washington, D.C.

The University of Texas at San Antonio graduate interned on "Great Day SA" before hosting the San Antonio, Texas lifestyle show.

She previously served as a reporter for the publication La Prensa and then moved to KWEX-TV as a host on "Despierta America San Antonio."

"For three years and almost 750 shows, I gave my heart to San Antonio, and as I type this I get choked up because from day one San Antonio did the same for me," Blackwell wrote in an Instagram post when she resigned the position in November of 2019.

Cristina Blackwell"It's time to turn the page to a new chapter, a chapter that will involve more family time, less makeup, more hockey sticks and less heels, more pasta and less barbacoa."

Blackwell replaced longtime host Bridget Smith who resigned from San Antonio's KENS Channel 5 Television after two decades back in 2016.

In 2011, Blackwell started working for Univision 41 as a morning show host. After working there for just over a year, Blackwell was awarded a Lone Star Emmy.

Cristina then jumped to the national stage as co-host and weather reporter for the Spanish-speaking morning show “Despierta America".

"Cristina will definitely be missed but I'm happy for her and grateful for the past three years with her," "Great Day SA" executive producer Luis Munoz said.

San Antonio viewers had gotten their first full look three years prior when the willowy Cristina Blackwell, replaced Bridget Smith on KENS Channel 5 Televison's “Great Day SA”

What they found on her first day was an engaging, personable and refreshingly open beauty delivering her debut.

Cristina BlackwellThe San Antonio native and University of Texas at San Antonio graduate said she was “excited and nervous that day.”

She then shared the good advice she had been given by her mother that morning. “My mom said, ‘Don’t be nervous because it’s not about you, but about the people.’”

Some viewers thought initially, Blackwell could have been more expressive when she spoke, something predecessor Smith excelled at. But as the show progressed, her delivery improved and becme more animated and engaging.

She also revealed fun details about herself. For instance, her nickname is “Tatu,” she said, after “my first word growing up.”

In an earlier phone conversation, Blackwell was even more candid about her life, passions and even a wardrobe malfunction that helped her develop a bit of “a thick skin.

”It happened during her time on Spanish-language network Univision, when she was the weathercaster on morning show “Despierta America.”

“My skirt tore on the side - When I bent over, and it just tore,” she said. “It happens to the best of us; but mine just happened to be on camera.”

Cristina BlackwellShe said she laughed about it and even posted a picture of it on social media.

She also recalled an incident from high school that thoroughly humiliated her and led to her strong empathy for victims of bullying.

“I know people probably would say, ‘She’s pretty, she’s on TV, she likely does not know what that’s like,’” Blackwell said. “But I do. It happened to me.”

It was in Mexico, she said, where she attended high school in Cuernavaca, where at first, she said, it was hard to make friends.

“On one occasion, I saw people passing around a note,” she said. “It eventually got to my desk. I opened it and saw it was a petition for me to wax my top lip - signed by a lot of my classmates,” she recalled.

“I remember opening it and looking at it — feeling stone cold, frozen.

So, I folded it and put it in my backpack. When I got home, I cried and cried and cried. I didn’t tell my parents, didn’t tell anybody, I was so ashamed. I was so embarrassed.

Cristina Blackwell“I wish I could go back to that day and name those persons out loud and say how ridiculous their behavior was.”

What she can do, she said, is to raise awareness about the effcets of bullying.

“It’s a cause of mine,” she said. “If I see something going on, I have no issue stopping it. I try to give people who were like me comfort and a confidence boost.”

Cristina is bilingual. Her mom is from Mexico City and her dad is from Alabama. “I grew up with both languages. My mom spoke to me in Spanish at home and I spoke English everywhere else.”

She is a world traveler. Though she was born in San Antonio and returned to attend college, in between, she lived in El Paso, Austin, Phoenix, Vancouver and as mentioned before, Mexico, before returning to San Antonio for college.

She explained that her mom’s second husband - her stepfather - was “a diplomat - the consul general of Mexico in Austin, Texas.”

After marrying, she also traveled all over Europe with her husband, a professional hockey player whom she met when he was with the San Antonio Rampage.

Cristina BlackwellHer background is in print and broadcasting. After interning at “Great Day SA” 10 years ago, she caught on as a reporter for La Prensa, she said, then moved to KWEX-TV as a host on “Despierta San Antonio” before she was hired as weathercaster on Univision.

In March of 2011, Blackwell began working for Univision, the leading Hispanic-based multimedia company in the United States.

She hosted and produced one of their weekday mornings shows Despierta SA, where she talked about the local news and interviewed guests. In June 2012, she made the move to Miami, Florida and became a weather reporter for Univision there.

She’s a trained chef. “When I graduated from high school, I went to Paris and studied culinary arts for 1½ years. I graduated from Le Cordon Blue - in cuisine and pastry.”

She’s the person to call when you’re sick. “I’m big on homemade soups: sopa de fideo, chicken noodle soup. If anyone’s under the weather, I say, ‘Let’s make some soup.’ My grandma on my mother’s side taught me some great recipes. I’m pretty sure they can heal.”

Her workout secrets are all in the family. “Now, it’s running after my 19-month-old son. Pre-baby, my routine was going on walks with our two Yorkies, Molly and Monique.”

Before she was married, she added, “I wasn’t big on working out. My husband really ingrained the discipline in me - it’s part of his life. He always eats well and exercises. I feel guilty if I’m not part of that.”

She isn’t a natural blonde. “I was born blonde. Now I spend money going every month to the salon. Her natural shade? “I always tell people it’s the color of my eyebrows, which are darker than my hair.”

Cristina BlackwellThe creature that gets her heart pumping? “Turtles. I’m obsessed with them. It’s so weird. I see one, and I feel good.

On trips, I always make sure I buy one — but not real, live turtles. I love them so much, I wouldn’t want to take them out of their natural habitat.”

Her style is “classic with an edge.” Think Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” and “Roman Holiday.”

On Blackwell’s “Great Day” debut, for instance, she topped her classic ensemble — brown jersey and printed skirt — with a striking, and yes, edgy, round pendant necklace.

Finally, she said there’s a secret behind all that hyper-energy on “Despierta America” and other Spanish-language TV shows, an instant booster she’d wanted to bring to “Great Day.”

“Before we’d go to work, they’d hand out this Cuban café,” she said. “Double espresso and lots of sugar. That’s why everyone’s so hyper. You take a drink, and zoof - you’re ready to go."

“I think I’ll have to figure out what that recipe is.”

Cristina Blackwell

Cristina has currently in San Antonio joined her husband as he travels with his hockey team during season.

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