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Mariana van Zeller
Vanguard, Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Slave Trade
News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form
National Geographic Channel, Fusion, Vanguard
Adam Yamaguchi, Cristina Costantini, Keith Summa
Mariana van Zeller (born May 7, 1976 in Cascais, Portugal) is a Peabody Award winning Portuguese journalist and correspondent for National Geographic Channel. She is also chief correspondent for Fusion. She is a former correspondent for the Vanguard documentary series on the former Current TV.
- Mariana van zeller estoril conferences 2013
- How National Geographic Reporter Gets Narcos To Talk On Camera
- Personal life
Mariana van zeller estoril conferences 2013
How National Geographic Reporter Gets Narcos To Talk On Camera
Van Zeller studied international relations at the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa. When she graduated she spent two years working at SIC, which was at that time the first and largest Portuguese private television network. First, she began working in the travel and international departments of the main networks channel, and later she joined SIC Notícias, which is the networks news channel.
She applied for a Masters degree to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism three times: her first application was rejected, and her second was wait-listed. After her third application in 2001, van Zeller flew to New York City and knocked on the dean's door, explaining her dream of becoming a journalist in the United States. The dean was impressed and allowed her to enroll.
One month after van Zeller moved to New York City, the September 11 attacks took place. She was contacted that morning by a producer from SIC Notícias, where she had previously interned. She was directed to meet a news crew atop the CBS Building in Midtown Manhattan, where she would go live in three hours. Before going on air, she was told: "Prepare yourself. The whole of Portugal is watching you."
After receiving her degree from Columbia, van Zeller moved to London to work for a documentary producer, with hopes of covering the Iraq War. With London as her new base, she studied Arabic at Damascus University in Syria in order to better seek out stories in the Middle East. Over the next two years, her freelance documentaries from Syria appeared on PBS's Frontline/World, the CBC, and Channel 4 (United Kingdom). In 2005, she joined Current TV as a correspondent and producer for the Vanguard documentary series. Van Zeller is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French. She also speaks some Arabic.
Van Zeller is married to her former Columbia classmate Darren Foster, who is a series producer and director with National Geographic Channel. In July 2010, she gave birth to her first child, a son named Vasco.
She became an American citizen on March 17, 2015.
See the complete list of Mariana Van Zeller documentaries in Vanguard (TV series)
"The OxyContin Express" also received the 2010 Television Academy Honor, a Prism Award and an Emmy nomination.