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Award-Winning Journalist and Correspondent, MSNBC & NBC News

Mariana Atencio: Biography at a Glance

  • Peabody-Award winning journalist and correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News, where she covers domestic and international issues through breaking news and special reports
  • Reported on the ground for ABC's "Pope Francis and the People," becoming an intermediary between the Pope and Latino immigrants prior to his historic visit to the US
  • Led Fusion's coverage of the fifth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake; the protests Ferguson, MO; the youth movement in Hong Kong; the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico; and President Obama's executive order on immigration
  • A passionate public figure and speaker, her TEDx Talk about the search for our humanity, tolerance and inclusiveness in our world has been viewed over 14 million times
  • Spoke before the United Nations about the future of Latin America where she also moderated the Impacto Latino Summit
Award-Winning Journalist and Correspondent, MSNBC & NBC News

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody-Award winning journalist and correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News, where she covers domestic and international issues through breaking news and special reports.

In the 2016 election, Atencio focused her reporting on the importance of Latino voters in the U.S. Prior to NBC, she worked as an anchor for Univision and Fusion Network. In 2015, Atencio reported on the ground for ABC's "Pope Francis and the People," as part of 20/20's Virtual Audience with Pope Francis, becoming an intermediary between the Pope and Latino immigrants prior to his historic visit to the US. She also led Fusion's coverage of the fifth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake; the protests Ferguson, MO; the youth movement in Hong Kong; the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico; and President Obama's executive order on immigration. Atencio's coverage of the 2014 student protests in Venezuela aired on ABC's World News with David Muir.

Atencio is also a passionate public figure and speaker. In 2017, she gave a TEDx Talk about the search for our humanity, tolerance and inclusiveness in our world. In 2016, she spoke before the United Nations about the future of Latin America where she also moderated the Impacto Latino Summit in 2015.

Atencio has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, for which she was awarded a merit scholarship in 2008.

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