Mariana Atencio

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Mariana Atencio
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Anchor Mariana Atencio
Born 1984 (age 30–31)
Alma mater Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, London School of Economics, Georgetown University, University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Anchor
Employer Fusion (TV channel), Noticiero Univision, Vme-TV, El Diario/La Prensa, Globovisión
Awards Peabody Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award

Mariana Atencio (born 1984) is a Venezuelan journalist, currently the co-anchor for The Morning Show[1] on Fusion (TV channel) the ABC News/Univision joint venture launched in 2013.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Atencio has a B.S. in Communications from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, where she was also part of the student movement that emerged after Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez shut down Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), the oldest television station in the country.[4] She left Venezuela when she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2008.

Atencio has studied at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA); London School of Economics (LSE); Georgetown University, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Career and awards[edit]

Prior to Fusion (TV channel), Atencio was a correspondent for Noticiero Univision and the Investigation and Documentaries Unit at Univision

Atencio was awarded a Peabody Award[5][6] and an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award[7] for her work as a reporter on “Fast and Furious: Arming the Enemy”, a one-hour documentary on the gun-walking scandal known as "Operation Fast and Furious’’.[8] After Univision aired the investigation, a public debate erupted in Mexico on how much the Mexican government knew about the guns crossing the border. Congress pressed the U.S. Justice Department for more information, and one U.S. Congressman called “Rápido y Furioso” the “Holy Grail” that broke the case.[7]

For Noticiero Univision, she reported on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2013 and conducted investigations on the Chávez family fortune for Noticiero Univision and "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now), Univision's Sunday evening investigative newsmagazine.[9]

Atencio co-anchored the November 2012 post-election analysis for “Despierta América” (Wake-up America), Univision Network's morning show and the fastest growing morning show regardless of language. She also reported from both 2012 political conventions for "Despierta América" and Noticiero Univision,[10] and was a frequent commentator for “ABC News Live”, ABC’s live news stream.[11][12]

Prior to joining Univision, Atencio worked as news anchor/reporter for Vme-TV, the first national Spanish-language network presented by public television stations. At "Vme-TV" she co-presented the Royal Wedding broadcast in 2011; reported on the 2010 mid-term elections and hosted and produced the news segment "Census 2010, The Future is Now", on how the country's demographics were changing due to the growing Latino population.

From 2009 to 2010, she worked as a multimedia reporter at El Diario/La Prensa, the nation's oldest and fastest growing paid major daily newspaper, where she focused on local stories that impact Latinos in the New York area. She also freelanced as foreign correspondent for the Venezuelan television station, Globovisión.


She was invited as a panelist to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism teaching students on covering politics.[13] Atencio was also invited as speaker to the 2012 Unity Convention,[14] a community of minority journalists (the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association) that seeks to improve minority parcipitation and representation in media.[15]

She is also known for her charitable work in Latin America. In 2012, she travelled all over Venezuela with the regional press freedom institution, 'Instituto Prensa y Sociedad' (IPYS),[16] to give journalism seminars to reporters in underprivileged communities.


  1. ^ "Snap Out of Your Morning Routine with "The Morning Show" on". Fusion. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  2. ^ "The 'GMA' Gang Welcomes the Hosts of Fusion's The Morning Show". 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Fusion Wants Young Latinos To Turn On Their TVs". 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  4. ^ "The Venezuelan Student Movement for Liberty | Cato Institute". 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Behind the Peabody Award-Winning Univision Investigation of 'Fast and Furious" - ABC News". 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  6. ^ Chastain, Mary (2013-04-05). "Univision Receives Peabody Award for Fast and Furious Documentary". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  7. ^ a b "The IRE Journal : Spring 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Puga, Romina (2012-10-01). "Fast And Furious Special On Univision: Behind The Scenes Video - ABC News". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  9. ^ "¿En cuánto se calcula la fortuna de Hugo Chávez y la de su familia? - Univision Noticias". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  10. ^ "Univision News to Deliver Extensive Coverage of The Republican and Democratic National Conventions | Univision". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  11. ^ "Univision's Mariana Atencio on Winning Over Hispanic Voters | Video - ABC News". 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  12. ^ "VIDEO: Univision's Mariana Atencio on Cristina Saralegui's influence among voters. - ABC News". 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Alumni and Friends - Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "UNITY Journalists for Diversity | A strategic alliance advocating fair and accurate news coverage about people of color, and aggressively challenging the industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the nation’s diversity". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  16. ^ "Herramientas Audiovisuales". 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2015-02-26.