Carlos Calderon is an Emmy-award winning television host and one of the most versatile personalities in the Hispanic Market. Not only is he the host of one of Univision’s most popular entertainment news shows “Sal y Pimienta,” but is also the creator of the “Sophisticated Mexican,” a fashion platform dedicated to the empowerment of young men looking for styling advice. Calderon is also recognized for his participation as a reoccurring guest host on entertainment news show, “El Gordo y la Flaca,” which earned him his first Emmy award in 2015 and had him nominated for this year’s “Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Program.”
Born and raised in Mexico, Calderon’s career took a turn when he started showing his work as a photographer while finishing his degree in Architecture. An agent was so impressed by his presentation that he offered to represent him. Dozens of commercials later, he auditioned to host the Spanish version of “The Dating Game” in Hollywood and left Mexico to study acting in Los Angeles. These experiences allowed him to move to Miami and host “Lente Loco,” a comedy show based on hidden cameras, which then led him to host top entertainment news shows like “Sal y Pimienta” and “El Gordo y la Flaca.”
A philanthropist, Calderon is also an advocate for education, leadership and empowerment of Hispanic communities. He is the official spokesperson for CASAMEXUSA, an organization that seeks to facilitate the process of United States immigrants looking to build and own a house. He is also the spokesman for Univision Communication’s educational program “It’s Time” promoting academic excellence. Additionally, through his campaign R2L (Ready to Lead), he also advocates for leadership amongst Hispanic youth.
Calderon is certified in social media curation as well as creativity strategies and techniques by Harvard University. He also has a certification in postproduction by NYU. He has been nominated for “Presenter of the Year” twice, and was featured in the “50 Most Beautiful” and “50 Most Beautiful Singles” issues of People en Español. Throughout his career, Calderon has also been emcee at numerous special events, including Univision’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, Mexico’s Bicentennial celebrations and the World Cup in South Africa. He has co-anchored the red carpet show for “Premios Juventud” for almost 10 years, as well as written, produced and hosted a special segment for Univision On Demand with gaffes of the awards ceremony. During his free time, he explores his other passion: art. He’s a caricaturist at Univision.com and has had personal exhibitions of his paintings in Los Angeles and Miami, recently making video art installations in Miami’s famous Art Basel.