LA Mayor Bares Affair With News Anchor
She broadcast reports of his crumbling marriage
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2007 5:52 AM CDT
Mirthala Salinas   (Telemundo)
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(Newser) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday revealed an ongoing, year-long love affair with a local anchorwoman, which triggered the breakdown of his marriage. The newscaster, who works for Spanish-language channel Telemundo, broadcast news of the mayor's separation from his wife last month, despite a conflict of interest.

The 54-year-old mayor blasted as "outrageous" blogosphere reports that the 35-year-old newscaster, Mirthala Salinas, is pregnant, and called her  a "consummate journalistic professional." The two began a relationship while Salinas, a political reporter, covered Villaraigosa. She has recently become a fill-in anchor.