About Carmen Maria Montiel
Houston Television Reporter and Newscaster
Based in Houston, Carmen María Montiel has a background in television hosting and journalism extending more than two decades. She was discovered as a Miss Venezuela pageant contestant in her teens, and accepted a position as host of the Venevision program Complicidades in 1986. Carmen María Montiel presented news on the three-hour morning magazine and also undertook interviews and gave beauty tips. Her efforts brought the program high viewer ratings.
Moving to the United States, Ms. Montiel pursued a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and broadcasting at East Tennessee State University and graduated magna cum laude in 1991. She gained pre- and post-production experience with the student-assembled show OMNI on WSJK Channel 2. She next accepted a position with Telemundo-Houston as reporter and news anchor. She wrote and delivered news each day and created the weekly segment “Su Salud,” which provided timely health advice. Ms. Montiel stays active in the Houston community and chairs Latino Learning Center fashion and gala fundraising events.
UNICEF Supports Education for Girls
Carmen María Montiel launched her career as a TV host for Buenos Dias Venezuela. Since then she has worked as a host of Close Up, a disk jockey and producer for RQ 910, and a news anchor for Telemundo-Houston. Carmen María Montiel has served on the board of directors for UNICEF since February of 2009.
One of UNICEF's main goals involves providing education to girls across the world. In 2012, approximately 63 million school-age girls did not attend school. Since in many places obstacles to girls' school attendance still remain, UNICEF works in various ways to empower girls to receive the same education as their male peers. Education for girls also helps them to rise above the poverty level.
As part of its assistance to female education, UNICEF has worked with policy makers, helped to monitor schools, collaborated with community organizations, improved communication avenues, and headed research. The organization's efforts have aided girls in locations from Afghanistan to Zambia.
For more information about UNICEF and its programs to encourage girls to receive a full education, visit www.unicef.org.