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Satcha Pretto was born April 5th, 1980 in La Paz, Honduras. Pretto is a Honduran Emmy award-winning Journalist and news co-anchor of the Univision Network morning show called Despierta America. Satcha is the daughter of Honduran Liz Padilla and Panamanian Rolando Pretto. She lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from the time she was three years old until she was 18 years of age. Pretto studied in bilingual schools in Honduras and at Mayan Elementary School and Macris High School in Tegucigalpa. Satcha's excellent academic record earned her a scholarship in 1998 to attend Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. In 2001, she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and can speak both English and Spanish fluently.
While still in high school in Honduras and only 17 years of age, Satcha had the opportunity through the National Broadcasters Association of Honduras to get a job at a radio station. She was hired by Radio Suprema Stereo 99.5 in Tegucigalpa where she received intense training during the three months prior to going live on the airwaves. In August 1997 she made her radio debut as the host of a three-hour long live show in her school uniform for the first year.
She started her professional career as a television journalist in the Midland-Odessa, Texas market as a reporter and anchor of the late night newscast at KTLE-Telemundo. She was also able to work as a reporter for KWES-TV channel 9, a NBC affiliate and Telemundo KTLE's sister station. Pretto continued to work in West Texas from January 2002 to September 2003, but in October of that same year, Pretto moved to Dallas, Texas where she was hired to co-anchor the Univision affiliate KUVN Channel 23 5:00 p.m. newscast - Cinco en Punto (English: Five o'Clock as well as report for the late night newscast, Edición Nocturna (English: Nightly Edition). While at KUVN, Pretto collaborated with the CNN Cable Network as a reporter for Anderson Cooper 360 and the now defunct Program Paula Zahn Now. Her most memorable interview in Dallas was with famous Chilean writer Isabel Allende in March of 2006. On July 13th, 2006, Univision Communications Inc. announced the naming of Satcha Pretto as the new co-host of the highly-rated daily newsmagazine Primer Impacto - Fin de Semana (English: First Impact - Weekend Edition), on Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Just six months after joining the Univision Network, Pretto was asked to host the network's broadcast of the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade, and did so again in January 2008. In May 2007, Pretto covered a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Brazil and was subsequently chosen to be part of a select group of 70 journalists who traveled with His Holiness during his visit to the United States in 2008. In doing so, Pretto made history by becoming the first female journalist from a Spanish-language media outlet in the U.S. to travel on board the Pope's plane. On July 18th, 2011 Pretto joined Univision's Despierta America. All this started for Pretto when she was still in school. Between April 19th to the 21st of 2001 Pretto, as a senior majoring in communications at Angelo State University, received recognition in the live competitions at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association meeting in Wichita Falls where she won first place in TV announcing. In June 2001, she was selected by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as one of only 12 students from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be part of El Noticiero. Pretto anchored the show produced by students in English and did one story in Spanish. The same organization also chose her in 2005 to serve as a mentor during its annual convention.
She has also received recognition on several occasions for her professional work in broadcast journalism, including an Emmy Award as part of the KMEX Channel 34 team that was given the prestigious award in the "Live Special Events Programming" category for the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade broadcast. Pretto also received an Emmy nomination for best investigative report and an award from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. In May 2008, one of her investigative reports was among the finalists for the Livingston Awards for journalists under 35. In addition, Vanidades Magazine recognized her with its "Tribute to Hispanic Women" Award in the journalism category in 2006. Another magazine, People en Espanol, chose Pretto as one of the 10 best dressed celebrities in 2009 and included her on the exclusive list of its 50 most beautiful women in 2010. Pretto is also a runner and a triathlete and participates in races that help raise funds for charity. Satcha is deeply committed to the empowerment of young students and is active in several charity projects. She was named 'Smile Ambassador' for the nonprofit organization Operation Smile, a group dedicated to repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Satcha serves as a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile and participated on the Operation Smile international medical mission to Guadalajara, Mexico, in September 2008.
“Never before, had I any doubts about the great work Operation Smile carries out, but it had never been as clear to me as it is now, having experienced their labor of love with my own eyes during the September mission in Guadalajara, Mexico,” said Pretto.
"I am in complete admiration for the dedication put forth by the medical and non-medical volunteers, who go in, body and soul, to support parents in desperate search for a ray of hope for their children. As a Smile Ambassador for the organization, I had the fortune of learning from those parents who find the strength to fight for their children, and my heart is filled knowing that in some way I was able to form part of the process that will change the lives of their little angels."
Operation Smile has a worldwide network of teaching hospitals and university partners, including Duke University, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and many others. Donor gifts help support their life-support training programs worldwide. Today, Operation Smile is authorized by the American Heart Association to function as a global and mobile International Training Organization. Their annual Physicians' Training Program brings doctors and nurses from around the world to the United States for advanced training in their specialized fields. 700 Operation Smile Student Clubs in the United States and around the world build awareness, conduct grassroots fundraising and educate students about values of commitment, leadership and volunteerism. The World Care Program brings children and young adults to the U.S. and other countries for surgeries that are too complicated to be performed during in-country missions. You can help support Operation Smile. Make A Donation now.
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