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Mariya is a NYC-based Journalist passionate about pop culture, women empowerment and social justice issues. She works with the broadcast and digital team at PIX11 News where she produces video segments, writes scripts and reports original online features. Her recent experience includes producing videos for PEOPLE and covering entertainment news as a Digital Reporter for ESSENCE.

She holds a M.A. in Journalism from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from North Carolina A&T State University. This Pittsburgh native loves TV/film, music and collecting coffee mugs.