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Mariana van Zeller hosts "Inside: Secret America" on National Geographic Channel along with her husband and professional partner, Darren Foster.

Mariana van Zeller is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of Muck Media. She began her journalism career in her native Portugal, where she was a producer and correspondent for SIC Televisão, the nation's largest private news channel. In 2001, Mariana moved to New York to attend Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. A month into the program, she was reporting live back to Europe on the events of 9/11.

In 2003, Mariana went undercover to report on Syrian mujahideen crossing into Iraq to fight against the U.S. invasion. The story captured the first signs of what would be a growing insurgency. It was also Mariana's first collaboration with her producing partner and now husband Darren Foster.

Mariana has since camped out in the Amazon jungle to cover the battle between Brazil's Indians and miners over South America's largest diamond mine, rode the Death Train to report on 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.

In 2011, Mariana received the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her report "Rape on the Reservation," which exposed the increased incidence of rape and sexual violence on American Indian reservations. And her documentary on prescription drug abuse and pill trafficking, "The OxyContin Express," was honored with a 2009 Peabody Award, a Television Academy Honor and an Emmy nomination. The film was the first undercover investigation of Florida's "pill mills" and several of those featured in the piece later became the target of a Federal racketeering investigation that led to the prosecution of dozens of doctors and owners, along with the closing of over 400 pain clinics in Florida. "The OxyContin Express" is now used in the training of law enforcement and medical professionals nationwide.

Mariana's work has appeared on PBS, CNN, CBS, Channel 4 (UK), Current TV and the CBC. She's fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French.


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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: May 7, 1976
Husband: Darren Foster

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