Fusion's interim President Beau Ferrari sent the following note to staff announcing new additions to the team:
I’m delighted to tell you that Mariana van Zeller is joining Fusion as a correspondent. She’ll be based in Los Angeles and will report for all our programs and platforms. She starts July 15.
Mariana is an accomplished investigative journalist. Her outstanding – and often dangerous – work has been recognized with the prestigious Peabody Award, an Emmy nomination and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
She began her career in her native Portugal as a producer and correspondent for the nation’s largest private news channel, SIC Televisão. In 2001 she had just started at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism when SIC Televisão called on her again to report on the attacks on 9/11.
Since then Mariana has gone undercover to report on Syrian mujahideen crossing into Iraq to fight against the U.S; camped out in the Amazon to cover the battle between Brazil’s Indians and diamond miners; rode the Death Train to show the desperate risks Central American migrants take to reach the U.S.; and snuck into the swamps of Nigeria to meet with militants fighting for control of the country’s oil wealth.
Mariana is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. She is a tremendous reporter and fearless journalist with a passion for telling important stories.
Please help me welcome Mariana to the team.