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Journalist and TEDx Speaker Mariana Atencio Returns to TEDxUniversityofNevada

Journalist Mariana Atencio Returns to TEDx Event in Reno as a TEDx Speaker.

Think you’ve had a rough 2017? Just ask NBC/MSNBC correspondent and returning TEDx speaker Mariana Atencio what she has been up to. Within the past year Mariana covered everything from the devastation following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico:

To Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and Hurricane Irma in Miami:

She’s reported from the front lines of such tragedies as the Sutherland, Texas church shooting:

To violent protests in Venezuela:

She also covered the devastation following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Mexico

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From a post on her Facebook page this past December, Mariana writes:

2017 was one of the toughest years of my life. I saw my home country, Venezuela nearly blown to bits. I saw my adopted country, the US nearly ripped apart by division. I traveled to more than two dozen cities to tell the stories of thousands hit by natural disasters. And it was in the worst circumstances, when I didn’t think I could go on, that so many of YOU taught me the biggest lessons. Resilience. Hope. Courage. That desire to keep fighting.

And what a year it’s been! Few people have better perspective to share than Mariana, whose been bravely covering some of the biggest stories from the front lines all year long.

TEDx Speaker Mariana Atencio is The Real Deal

With a 2017 TEDxUniversityofNevada talk that’s now achieved over 3.9 million views in less than a year, you won’t want to miss Mariana’s return on January 27th to give perspective on a new and important topic.

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, currently a national correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. The Huffington Post called her ‘our Latina Christiane Amanpour’ and Jorge Ramos wrote: ‘Mariana is the next-gen voice for Latinos breaking all barriers.’ Mariana is known for combining in-studio work and high profile interviews like Pope Francis, with tenacious field reporting all over the world, covering youth-led protests in places like Ferguson, Mexico, Haiti and Hong Kong.

An immigrant from Venezuela who fled violence and censorship, Mariana’s passion lies in telling stories that promote understanding and give a voice to under-covered communities. She anchored the series “Searching for the Latino Voter” during the 2016 election; “#SOSVenezuela” about the crisis in her native country and ‘PRESSured’ a one-hour documentary on press freedom in Latin America. Mariana is a millennial journalist leading the next generation of storytellers.

What You Can Expect at This Year’s TEDx Event:

The doors for TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018 will open at 8 am, Saturday, January 27, 2018. It’s general admission seating, so if you want a front row seat make sure to arrive early. The first session starts at 9 am and feature six speakers, including two talks on campus free speech and a talk by journalist Sharyl Attkisson from her book about fake news. The first session closes with a performance by newcomer Troi Irons.

Mariana Atencio will give her talk in Session 3, right after a performance by recording artist Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Other speakers in her session will be author David Burkus and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

TEDx Tickets: Discounts for Students and Groups are Available Now!

The general admission ticket price is $100. This  includes all speakers and performers as well as lunch and a morning break. Purchase 8 or more tickets at one time and you will receive our group discount rate of $90 per ticket. Students can purchase tickets for $30 by visiting the Wolf Shop on the University of Nevada campus or by emailing Bret Simmons at

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Whole Foods Market in Reno, you can also purchase tickets at their customer service counter for a deep discount plus an in-store coupon. The total value of the discounted ticket and the Whole Foods Market coupon is $30! Visit Whole Foods Market at 6139 S. Virginia Ave for this great offer!

One of the best TEDx events in the country is right here in Reno! Don’t miss it – get your tickets NOW and we will see you on January 27, 2018 for a day packed with information, inspiration and entertainment.

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