Mariana van Zeller Biography
Mariana van Zeller is a Portuguese journalist and correspondent for National Geographic Channel. She has gained prominence for her show Trafficked which premiered in 2020. She is the former chief correspondent for Fusion TV and former correspondent for the Vanguard documentary series which aired on Current TV.
Van Zeller is the recipient of various awards including the Peabody Award. Van Zeller is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French and a little Arabic.
Mariana van Zeller Age
Van Zeller was born on May 7, 1976, in Cascais, Portugal. She is 47 years old as of 2023.
Mariana van Zeller Height
Mariana stands at an estimated height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs about 58 Kg. She has blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes. Further details about her body measurements will be updated soon.
Mariana van Zeller Family
Mariana was born and raised in Cascais, Portugal. She was born to her parents Eduardo Belo van Zeller, and Marta Filomena de Vilhena de Bettencourt. Her uncle is Francisco Xavier Belo van Zeller, a Portuguese chemical engineer and businessman. Van Zeller is an American citizen as of March 17, 2015. Mariana has not disclosed more information about her family and siblings if she has any.
Mariana van Zeller Husband
Van Zeller is happily married to her husband Darren Foster. Darren was her classmate back at Columbia University. He is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning director and producer currently working with National Geographic Channel. The couple is known for their discreet nature, therefore, not much is known about their marriage or when they got married. They have a son named Vasco born in July 2010.
Mariana van Zeller Education
Van Zeller went to Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa where she studied international relations. She graduted in 1998. In 2001, she joined the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated in 2002 with a master’s degree.
Mariana has disclosed that she applied to Columbia University three times. The first application was rejected and the second one was wait-listed. She said that after her third application, she flew to New York and talked to the dean and he allowed her to enroll after being impressed by her speech of becoming a great journalist.
Mariana van Zeller Trafficked
Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller premiered on December 2, 2020, on Nat Geo TV. The show’s fourth season is set to premiere on January 18, 2024. Mariana started her journalism career right after college when joined SIC a Portuguese TV network. She later joined SIC Notícias, the network’s news channel.
Mariana was one of the journalists who covered the September 11 attacks. As how she became one of the journalists on the scene, she was contacted by a producer from SIC Notícias and directed to meet a newsgroup at the CBS Building.
After graduating from Columbia University, Mariana moved to London to work on a documentary. She got to learn Arabic at Damascus University in Syria. This enabled her to seek out stories in the Middle East. Her documentaries were featured on various news channels including; PBS’s Frontline/World, the CBC, and Channel 4.
Mariana van Zeller TV Shows
- Narco Bling
- Obama’s Army
- El Chapo: CEO of Crime
- Inside: Secret America
- Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Slave Trade
Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller
Mariana van Zeller’s Net Worth
Van Zeller has an estimated net worth in the range of $1 million – $5 million. She has acquired her wealth through her successful career as a journalist.