Mariana is a Peabody award-winning journalist, best-selling author, viral speaker and television host.
Originally from Venezuela, she graduated from Merici High School and received a journalism degree from Universidad Católica. She also attended Choate Rosemary Hall, London School of Economics, UCLA and Georgetown University.
When the government of Hugo Chávez shut down independent media outlets in her home country, she participated in student protests for democracy. After being assaulted in an armed robbery, Mariana fled to the United States when she received a scholarship to get her Masters degree in broadcasting from Columbia University’s Journalism School.
Over the course of 10 years, she became an anchor at Univision and a national correspondent at NBC and MSNBC. Mariana is known for her boots on the ground, engaging and empathic field work. She has interviewed Pope Francis, President Biden and the King of Spain, among others. Her journey is featured on the award-winning HBO series “Habla” and People Magazine called her storytelling platform “a media empire”.
Her TEDx talk “What makes YOU special?” is one of the top 10 most watched on YouTube. Doubling down on her message, she wrote her best-selling memoir “Perfectly You” and has become one of the most sought-after speakers in the industry.
Mariana is a 2021 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and spokesperson for the American Latino Museum in D.C. She recently released the true crime investigative podcast series “Lost In Panama” about the disappearance of two women in the jungle. The show made Apple Podcasts top #10 list.