Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award-winning anchor at Fusion Network, the ABC-Univision joint venture launched in 2013, where she also does breaking news and special reports on domestic and international issues. She is a frequent commentator on ABC News Live; files special reports for Univision’s News division and has been invited as a correspondent on ABC’s World News Weekend and Good Morning America Weekend. Mariana has led Fusion’s coverage of massive protests in New York, Ferguson, Missouri, Mexico, Hong Kong and Venezuela, focusing on the young people behind the movements. Her reporting during the Venezuelan crisis also aired on ABC’s World News. She covered Pope Francis’ legacy in Argentina and President Obama’s executive action on immigration and the announcement of the policy changes toward Cuba. In 2013-2014, Mariana also co-anchored “Fusion Live,” one of Fusion’s primetime flagship shows, which focused on news and witty commentary around the issues of the day. She also guest hosted Noticiero Univision, during the child migrant crisis. Prior to Fusion, Atencio was a correspondent for Noticiero Univision and the Investigation and Documentaries Unit at Univision Network.
At Univision, she directed, reported and hosted the Univision documentary “PRESSURED: Freedom of the Press”, a one-hour film on the fragile state of press freedom in Latin America, for which she received a Gracie Award for “Outstanding Documentary.” In 2012, Atencio was awarded a Peabody Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award 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’ She also co-anchored the November 2012 post-election analysis for “Despierta América,” Univision’s morning show. In addition, she reported live from both 2012 political conventions. Mariana has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, for which she was awarded a merit scholarship in 2008.
To prepare America for the upcoming presidential election, Mariana is currently hosting Fusion’s show, “Searching for the Latino Voter,” where she discovers what issues the Latino and Millennial communities are passionate about. She has also launched a new show on Univision about local politics in Florida, which given the scope of the presidential campaign, is not so “local.” She also serves as correspondent for Univision’s broadcasts of electoral debates and conventions.