Lilia Luciano

Investigative journalist (1984)
Fri Sep 13 2019
By   sabin

Lilia Luciano is an Ameican public speaker, filmmaker, and investigative journalist. She is also famous as the former chief investigative correspondent on Border Live by Discovery Channel.

Luciano was born on 12th October 1984, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Born to her Puerto Rican parents, she is of Caucasian ethnicity and holds Puerto Rican nationality. There is no further information about her family background and siblings.

Regarding her education, Lilia joined Tufts University based in Massachusetts and studied pre-medicine. Later in 2003, to further her studies, Luciano attended the University of Miami. She graduated with a bachelors' degree in economics and broadcast journalism in 2007. 

When she was at the University, Lilia joined Telemundo as an intern. Luciano served as an anchor and producer for the company. After her graduation, she was invited by Univision Networks to work as co-anchor and correspondent for the show named En Vivo y Directo

Picture: Lilia as a journalist
Picture: Lilia as a journalist

In August 2011, Luciano gained massive fame after she covered Hurricane Irene at Nassau, Bahamas for NBC's Nightly News, CNBC, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, Telemundo and The Today Show

Lilia Luciano's marital life

The famous public speaker, journalist, and filmmaker have been married twice till date. Moreover, Luciano also became a part of a rumor to date her boyfriend. Read below to know more about her personal life.

Lilia and Luis Alayo (ex-husband)

On 28th December 2007, Luciano tied the knot with Luis Alayo. He is a Catalonian banker. 

Lilia and her former spouse Luis Alayo during their wedding
Image: Lilia and her former spouse Luis Alayo during their wedding

However, the couple decided to split after eighteen months and divorced. Both of them mentioned ''irreconcilable differences'' as the reason for their split.

Lilia Luciano and Matt Deross (current spouse)

After the divorce, Lilia Luciano exchanged her wedding vows with Matt Deross in 2011. However, there are no details about their exact wedding date and venue. 

Luciano and her partner during their hike
Photo: Luciano and her partner during their hike

The duo is living a happy life since their marriage. Recently, Luciano posted a picture of her with Deross while they were on the hike.

Mother of two daughters

Lilia is reported to have two daughters from her marital relationship with Matt. The elder one is Pia Deross (born in 2012) followed by the youngest Lola Deross (born in 2015). 

Lilia cited both of them as her children. However, Pia is her goddaughter, and it is still unknown about Pia's biological parents. Not to mention, Luciano has an immense love for her kids as she shares photos of her daughters on her social media, including Instagram.

Luciano and Luis Fonsi

Besides her married life, Lilia was once rumored to date famous Latin singer Luis Fonsi, widely known for his song titled Despacito along with famous rapper Daddy Yankee.

Image: Luciano and Luis Fonsi
Image: Luciano and Luis Fonsi

Although the rumors were spreading everywhere, Lilia and Luis never reacted or denied the story. 

Controversy

On 2nd May 2012, it was announced that the investigative journalist was terminated from NBC News, citing the audio portion of the Trayvon Martin 9-1-1 call was edited to make George Zimmerman look like a racist

The video edited to make a fake appearance of George stating as 

''Martin was black and bad instead as his direct answer to the 911 dispatcher's question.''

George Zimmerman sues against NBC for editing video.
Photograph: George Zimmerman sues against NBC for writing video.

Later, NBC fired Lilia and the producer for editing the video and over sighting.

Net Worth - $1 million

Multi-talented journalist, Lilia earns decent money from her profession. Luciano currently serves as a co-anchor and correspondent. 

She has also managed to sum up a good fortune after uncovering corruption in family court to investigating low teacher diversity, sex trafficking, and campaign financing. As of 2019, Lilia's total wealth is reported to be $1 million, which is more than another NBC journalist Katy Blakey.

Salary

With a various profession, no doubt, Lilia has a decent income. According to some sources, the average salary of an investigative journalist is $49,082. Thus, we can assume the yearly wage of Luciano. 

Additionally, the famous investigative journalist served for NBC, where another journalist Jake Tapper works. Also earns as a filmmaker from which she generates $110 thousand annually. 

Non-Profit Work

The multi-talented public speaker is also involved in charity works. From 2013, Lilia is working on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Foundations known as Girl up Campaign

Image: Lilia's Foundation Girl Up Campaign
Image: Lilia's Foundation Girl Up Campaign

Furthermore, Luciano is the founder of a media campaign "aprende más!". The campaign is focused on promoting education for children in Ibero-American nations. Moreover, she is the host on a video blog titled Una Voz, which deals against problems harming Hispanics today. 

In 2010, Luciano served for the Univision, as a spokesperson and Bill Gates Foundation's Education Campaign "Es El Momento," as a collaborator and supporter with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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