PROFILE
Name:
Giselle Fernandez
Birth Date:
May 15, 1961
Birth Place:
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Height:
5' 11½" (1.82 m)
Nationality:
Mexican
BIOGRAPHY
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Access Hollywood

Background:

Giselle Fernández is a five time Emmy Award- and three time ALMA Award-winning Mexican/American television journalist. She is best known as an anchor for “Access Hollywood” from 1996 to 1999. She  also has worked for CBS News and NBC News as well as at KTLA in Los Angeles. The news veteran has appeared in several films, including as the female lead in the 2001 movie “Bodily Sanctions,” and television series. She made her feature debut as director in 2003 with “End Game.” Fernandez has her own production company, Skinny Hippo Productions, where she serves as the president. She is also co-president of F Squared Productions, in which she develops film and TV projects for both Spanish and English language networks.

Fernandez is a member of the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives and has worked served on the board of trustees of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She was a a spokeswoman for “Race For The Cure.” She is a devouring collector of the work of famous women photographers and Latin American art. Married since 2002, Fernandez and her husband John Farrand alternates between Los Angeles and Fiji. She enjoys running, tennis and hiking with her dogs. Fernandez was engaged to Ron Kershaw, who was previously linked to Jessica Savitch, but he died of pancreatic cancer and liver cancer before they married.
        

Kosher Burrito

Childhood and Family:

Giselle Fernandez was born on May 15, 1961, in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, to a renowned Hispanic flamenco dancer father and a Jewish mother. Inspired by her ethnic heritage, she refers to herself as the original “Kosher Burrito.” Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was four years old. Giselle developed her love for journalism as a young child when she used to accompany her mother touring Mexico to search a doctoral thesis in Mexican folklore. She later study Journalism at California State University, Sacrament.

On November 27, 2002, Giselle was married to John Farrand, former CEO of Panavision, Inc.


End Game

Career:

Giselle Fernandez started her career on television in 1983 when she became a reporter for KRDO in Pueblo, Colorado. She worked there until 1985, when she moved back to Los Angeles. She joined KTLA in Los Angles from 1985 to 1987 and then moved to Chicago to work at WBBM. During her time in Chicago, in 1988, Fernandez received a degree of notoriety when she went boating with drug dealer John Cappas, who was being sought by authorities at the time, then accompanied him to his arrest by federal agents. She also met her former fiancé Ron Kershaw there. By the late 1980s, Fernandez had left Chicago for Miami, in which she landed a job at WCIX.      

Fernandez, however, did not get her first national news job until she relocated to New York City   in the early 1990s. She served as a correspondent and back-up anchor for “The CBS Evening News” (1991-1992), “CBS News this Morning” and “CBS Weekend News.” In addition, she was a regular contributor to CBS' “Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation” and “48 Hours.”  Her national coverage of international news like the Gulf War, the US Invasions of Haiti and Panama, the Somalia and Bosnian Wars, Hurricane Andrew, the 1993 World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings, and interviews with global leaders like Fidel Castro, earned Fernandez five Emmy Awards. Fernandez later moved to NBC, in which she anchored  the weekend edition of the “Today Show,” “Weekend Today” (1994-1996) and the “Sunday NBC Nightly News,” in addition to a variety of special reporting assignments in the U.S. and others.

Fernandez's career gained further boost when she joined the weekday television entertainment news program on NBC, “Access Hollywood,” as anchor/correspondent in 1996. She won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Host in a National Information Program in 1998 before departed the show in 1999. During her three year stint, Fernandez had the opportunities to work with Larry Mendte (from 1996 to 1997) and with Pat O'Brien (from 1997 to 1999). Around 1997-1998, she also made appearances as newscaster in the television soap opera “Sunset Beach” and in the television made for TV “Mother Knows Best” and as press person in the movie “Wag the Dog.”

After a co-hosting gig at the “This Week in History” show on the History Channel, Fernandez returned to the Los Angeles based television station KTLA as co-anchor of “KTLA Morning News” from October 2001 to August 2003. She was replaced by Michaela Pereira.   

Fernandez had her first leading role in a film, as Victoria Gonzalez, in the 2001 drama/thriller “Bodily Sanctions,” which was directed by Rachel Gordon and written by Janine Gosselin. Co-stars in the film were Mark Weiler and Karl W. Lohninger. The same year, she also portrayed Denise Lopez in the direct to video “Misconduct of Miss Heather Finn.” She also made guest appearances in “The Brothers Garcia” (2 episodes, 2000-2001) and “The West Wing” (2003) as well as appeared as newscaster in the 2002 film “The Hot Chick.”

In 2003, Fernandez made her directorial debut with “End Game,” an action movie starring Robert Badduci, Veronica Gomez and Julie Hess.

In 2004, Fernandez launched a children's book titled “Gigi and the Birthday Ring.”  The same year, she hosted the television series “The MANual.”

In 2006, Fernandez competed at the second season of ABC's “Dancing With The Stars” and became the third contestant to be eliminated from the show. Her partner was Jonathan Roberts.   


Awards:

ALMA: Outstanding Correspondent in a Primetime News Magazine, “Dateline NBC,” 1999
ALMA: Outstanding Host in a National Information Program, “Access Hollywood,” 1999
ALMA: Special Achievement Award, 1998     
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