Mariana Atencio, an anchor and correspondent at Univision and Fusion, will join MSNBC as a Miami-based correspondent, the network announced Tuesday.
“Her distinctive experience and passion for journalism will be a terrific fit with MSNBC’s roster of enterprising reporters,” said NBC senior vice president of editorial Janelle Rodriguez, who oversees MSNBC’s dayside coverage. “We can expect to see her contribute across the many broadcasts and platforms of NBC News and MSNBC.”
Here’s Rodriguez’s full note announcing the hire:
I’m pleased to announce that Mariana Atencio will join MSNBC as a correspondent beginning in September. She will split her first few months between New York and Los Angeles before settling down in Miami, where she will be based.
Mariana comes to us from Univision and Fusion Networks, where she has worked as an anchor and correspondent. She co-anchored Univision’s 2016 Democratic debate, as well as a Sunday public affairs show for the state of Florida. She has also covered a diverse range of national and international stories such as Latino voters in the 2016 election, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, protests in Hong Kong, the search for 43 missing students in Mexico, the anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, and Pope Francis’ election — including a virtual town hall with the Pontiff ahead of his visit to the U.S.
Her investigative and documentary work has received numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, an IRE Award, and a Gracie Award.
Mariana, a native of Venezuela, graduated from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Her distinctive experience and passion for journalism will be a terrific fit with MSNBC’s roster of enterprising reporters, and we can expect to see her contribute across the many broadcasts and platforms of NBC News and MSNBC.
Please join me in welcoming Mariana to MSNBC.