Emmy Award-winning journalist Mara Schiavocampo is anchor of MSNBC’s First Look and NBC’s Early TODAY. She is also a correspondent for NBC News, filing reports for all platforms, including Nightly News, the TODAY Show, MSNBC, and NBCNews.com. A pioneer of new media journalism, Mara is the first reporter of her kind in network television, traveling the world producing, shooting, reporting and editing video pieces, blogging, and shooting still photos.
While at NBC News, Mara has also worked as a special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show, filing international reports and appearing as an on-set guest, and as a contributor to Essence magazine, writing in-depth feature articles on stories of interest to the African American community.
Before joining NBC News, Mara worked as an international contributor and commentator for numerous news outlets and websites, including ABC News, Current TV, Yahoo!, NPR, Ebony magazine, UPTOWN magazine and more. She has covered nearly every major news story of the last five years, including the Gulf oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the 2008 presidential election.
Mara has received numerous accolades and awards: Marie Claire magazine’s Women on Top Award for Media (2010); an Emmy Award as part of the team behind NBC News’ Election 2008 coverage (2009); one of Television Week’s “next generation of television news stars” (2008); the National Association of Black Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year (2007), the only broadcast journalist ever to win this prestigious award; the NYABJ Spot News Award for coverage of Haiti riots (2009); seven Telly Awards, including the highest honor of a Silver Telly for an investigative report on New York’s black market for cigarettes (2008); and the New York State Broadcasters Association Award for Outstanding Hard News for an investigative report on Army recruiting fraud (2006).
Mara has an extensive multicultural background. She holds dual Italian-American citizenship and has traveled throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and resided for a time in Somalia, Italy, and the Philippines. Mara speaks fluent Italian, functional Spanish and French, and some Arabic.
Before becoming an independent video journalist, Mara worked as a producer at ABC News headquarters in New York. She was part of the team behind ABC’s newest endeavor, ABC News Now, a 24-hour digital cable and Internet news channel. Prior to ABC News, Mara worked as an anchor and reporter for CBS News on mtvU (University), also filing reports for CBS Newspath and BET Nightly News. Mara received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles, and went on to earn a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland. She attended the school on a full graduate fellowship and completed her studies with a perfect grade point average.
Mara is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in Harlem with her husband. They have a cat and two dogs, all rescue animals.