Giselle Fernandez Biography, Age, Family, Kids, Husband and Net Worth

Who is Giselle Fernandez?

Giselle Fernandez is an award-winning Mexican-American television journalist, producer, filmmaker, and Latin media marketing entrepreneur.

Her appearances on network television include guest anchoring and reporting for CBS Early Show, CBS Evening News, NBC Today, and NBC Nightly News, regular host for Access Hollywood, and as a guest on Dancing with the Stars.

She began her television career in 1983 with brief stops at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and then KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, California. She then joined KTLA in Los Angeles as a reporter and weekend anchor in 1985. Giselle was recommended to KTLA by actor Fess Parker, who lived in the Santa Barbara area and was a friend of KTLA’s news managing director at the time.

Giselle was the co-host for Access Hollywood, an entertainment news program on NBC from 1996 to 1999. She then co-hosted the This Week in History show on the History Channel.  She has interviewed Barbra Streisand,  Sharon Stone, Robert Redford, and Tom Cruise,  In the words of Oprah Winfrey after a Fernandez profile, the talk show Queen summed it up best with, “She’s a magical smart girl.”

Fernandez returned to Los Angeles and rejoined KTLA in October 2001. Fernandez left this position in August 2003 to pursue a variety of special projects, including making a movie and writing children’s books. In 2004, Her book titled Gigi and the Birthday Ring was published through the Laredo Publishing Company.

Giselle Fernandez Photo
Giselle Fernandez Photo

How Old is Giselle Fernandez?

Fernandez is 62 years old as of 2023. She was born on May 15, 1961, in Mexico City, Mexico. She shares her birthday with other famous people such as Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Nicola Walker, Madhuri Dixit, Jane Seymour, Roger Ailes, Ousmane Dembele, Ray Lewis, Brian Eno, Emmitt Smith, Zara Tindall, Stella Maxwell, James Mason, among others.

Giselle Fernandez Family

Giselle was born in Mexico City and moved to East Los Angeles in the United States at the age of four. She was born to a Catholic father who was a flamenco dancer and her Jewish mother was a student of Mexican folklore. Her father died of Alzheimer’s disease.

Giselle Fernandez Education

Fernandez attended California State University, Sacramento graduating in 1982 with a B.A. in Journalism and Government.

Giselle Fernandez Husband | Divorce

While she was in Chicago, Giselle met Ron Kershaw. Kershaw was previously involved with Jessica Savitch. Fernandez and Kershaw got engaged but Kershaw died of pancreatic cancer and liver cancer. Giselle got married to British executive John Farrand a former CEO of Panavision, Inc. and they had a daughter together. They later separated in April 2014.

Giselle Fernandez Daughter

Fernandez has a daughter, Talei with John Farrand.

Giselle Fernandez Height

Adding to her well-curved and beautiful body, she stands at a height of  5 feet 11 inches.

Giselle Fernandez CBS

Fernandez moved to CBS-owned WBBM-TV in Chicago two years later, and later in 1989 to WCIX CBS’s newly owned station in Miami.  In 1988, Giselle garnered some controversy in Chicago when she went boating with John Cappas who was a drug dealer being sought by authorities, then accompanied him to his arrest by federal agents.

In October 1991, Fernandez gained her first national news job for CBS News, when she moved to New York City and became a correspondent and a back-up anchor for the morning, evening, and weekend news broadcasts. Giselle later moved to NBC, where she anchored the weekend edition of the Today Show and also filled in for Brian Williams on the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News.

She also undertook various special reporting assignments in the U.S. and elsewhere. During the period of national news coverage, she reported on the crisis from Cuban immigration, unrest in Haiti, the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, the trial of the conspirators from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and also a scud missile attack while covering the Persian Gulf War. Fernandez was invited to make a rare interview with Fidel Castro, then president of Cuba.

Giselle Fernandez Dancing With The Stars

In January 2006, she participated as a contestant on the second season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, but she was the third contestant to be eliminated. Giselle partnered with Jonathan Roberts and had an average of 23 points.

Giselle Fernandez Awards

She has won five Emmy Awards for journalism. Fernandez is a member of the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives and has also worked on the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Giselle Fernandez Philanthropy

She was named the 2007 Philanthropist of the Year, and the 2007 Hispanic Philanthropist of the Year. The Legislative Hispanic Caucus awarded her the Hispanic Spirit Award and was awarded the prestigious Nancy Riordan Award in 2007 by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for her contribution to the children of L.A. She was recently inducted to the Latina Women’s Museum in Sacramento honoring outstanding Latinas in California.

Giselle Fernandez Now

Fernandez is the Managing Director of Creative World Talent Management, a division of the Trump Group, overseeing a diverse global media operation with special emphasis on Latin America and the U.S. Latin market. Giselle has constructed a robust and growing bridge between the U.S. and Latin media markets in Mexico, Spain, and Brazil. She has also opened new doors to shared entertainment on all sides of the border in all mediums, from print, film, television, Internet, and telecommunications to fashion, marketing, branding, celebrity endorsements, and merchandising.

Most recently, she joined Creative World Management where she is leveraging Creative World’s global reach and also resources to acquire and build dynamic Latino-based entertainment and media businesses. In addition to this, Giselle and Creative World seek out companies at a pivotal point in their development when they need either capital or management and they provide either or both, as needed, to enable these companies and their managers to realize their full potential.

Her expanding operations focus on Latin-themed productions for both English and Spanish language distribution. It is in development on several productions, most notably, co-executive producing the life story of the legendary Latino baseball hero, Roberto Clemente, in collaboration with Tom Hanks and HBO, among other Latin-themed content. She also has an impressive cadre of Latin artists and professionals who seek to build their brands in a cross-over market and expand their presence, while finding multiple applications for their businesses.

Giselle also consults with corporate America on marketing strategies to the Latino consumer. She is best positioned to create this corporate bridge between the U.S. and Latin world as a result of an extensive network of contacts and also relationships cultivated for decades.

Giselle Fernandez’s Net Worth

Through her television and film career and businesses, Fernandez has earned great wealth. She has an estimated net worth of $1 million.