Previous to Latina Voices, Ms. Pérez was known as a trendsetter and became the first Latina News Anchor at KTRK TV/ABC 13 in Houston, Texas, where she spent 15 and half years. She was already a highly respected and experienced Anchor/Reporter at the number one rated, Peabody award-winning TV station, KTLA TV in Los Angeles, where she also was the first Mexican American News Anchorwoman on the News At Ten Weekend Edition. During her 5 and half-year tenure at KTLA, she was recognized with many awards for her reporting and community involvement. There, she covered such notable stories as Pope John Paul II’s visit to Los Angeles’ Live 48 – hour coverage; the Whittier Earthquake; the notorious Rodney King beating, Hollywood celebrities; Presidents Reagan and Bush (41).
Her reporting lead to two (2) Golden Mike Awards; a Cesar Award; a Los Angeles Press Club Award and three (3) California Emmy nominations; several AP awards; a 2014 National Telly Award; a T.A.T.O.A. First place award in 2014; and countless accolades from community organizations.
Ms. Pérez began her broadcasting career at KURV RADIO in Edinburg, TX and KGBT RADIO in Harlingen, TX. She quickly moved on to her television broadcasting career at KGBT Television in Harlingen, TX before moving on to the major TV markets of San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Houston as an anchor/reporter.
A Lone Star native, Ms. Pérez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Pan American (UTPA formerly Pan American University) with a degree in Mass Communications/Spanish. She also continued her studies at Rice University in Houston.
Ms. Pérez has always been involved in her community. She continues to serve on many boards as member and director.
Minerva has also been featured in a Prentice Hall/Texas Edition Textbook, Juntos, Simon and Schuster Education Group in 1997, as one of three Texan Hispanic Role Models with former Archbishop of San Antonio Patrick Flóres and former HUD Secretary, San Antonio Mayor, Henry Cisneros. Ms. Pérez has also been featured in several national/international publications including: The Los Angeles Times, “Vanidades,” an internationally distributed Spanish language magazine; Nuestras Vidas, a monthly, Texas magazine, Texas Hispanic Magazine and Houston’s 002 Latino magazine, El Día Newspaper, The Houston Chronicle, Fort Bend County’s The Herald Coaster, the Fort Bend Star and Sun Newspapers. Ms. Pérez and Latina Voices: Smart Talk have been featured in the Aztec/Muse Magazine, Houston Woman Magazine, Focus on Women (Ft. Bend County) Magazine and the Houston Business Journal.
Although gone from Los Angeles for years, Minerva remains a presence with the “Minerva Pérez Communications Scholarship” given annually by the Montebello Hispanic Coalition.