Mariana van Zeller Bio, Age, Education, Family, Husband, Son, TRAFFICKED, Podcast, Career, Net worth

Mariana van Zeller Biography

Born in Cascais, Portugal, Mariana van Zeller is a Portuguese journalist and a correspondent for the National Geographic Channel. Formerly, she worked as the chief correspondent, Investigative Unit, for Fusion, and a  correspondent for the Vanguard documentary series on Current TV. The investigative journalist is the host and executive producer of TRAFFICKED, an original National Geographic documentary series.

Mariana van Zeller Age and Birthday

Born on May 7, 1976, in Cascais, Portugal, Zeller is 44 years old as of 2020. She celebrates her birthday on the 7th of May every year.

Mariana van Zeller Height

Mariana Van Zeller's Photo
Mariana Van Zeller’s Photo

Zeller’s actual height measurement is not known to the public. She is, however, tall in stature as seen on her photos, relative to her surrounding.


Mariana van Zeller Family: Parents and Siblings

Zeller’s parents are Eduardo van Zeller (father) and Marta Filomena de Vilhena de Bettencourt (mother). On an Instagram photo, she uploaded on July 22, 2019, Mariana revealed that she has five siblings. The photo caption read: ” My amazing siblings. I’ve got five (one is missing here), and each of them is more incredible than the other.”  As seen in the photo and caption, she has three sisters and two brothers.

Mariana van Zeller Ethnicity and Nationality

Zeller became an American citizen on March 17, 2015. She was born in Portugal and lives in Los Angeles.

Mariana van Zeller Husband and Children

Zeller is married to Darren Foster.  Darren was her former classmate and a series producer, and director with National Geographic Channel. The couple is blessed with one child, a son named Vasco. Vasco was born in 2010.

Mariana van Zeller Education

Zeller attended Universidade Lusiada de Lisboa where she studied International Relations. She then afterward applied to join Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for her master’s. Her first application was rejected whereas her second was put on the wait-list. Mariana not giving up, she applied for the third time and proceeded to fly to New York City whereby she went to the dean’s office and explained her dream of wanting to become a journalist in the United States. Then dean was impressed by her spirit hence allowing her to enroll.

The journalist also studied Arabic at Damascus University in Syria which would then help her better seek out stories in the Middle East. Moreover, Mariana can speak Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, and French.

Mariana van Zeller Career

Zeller started her career as a Travel Show correspondent at SIC from 2000 to 2001. She then moved to Current TV to work as a correspondent for the Vanguard documentary series. She worked at Current TV for 5 years, from June 2005 to June 2010.

From Jun 2010, Mariana joined the National Geographic Society as a correspondent, working in that position until April 2013. Moreover, she worked for Travel Channel International for over a year from 2014 to June 2015, as a correspondent traveling all over the world.

In addition, the journalist worked as a Chief correspondent in the Investigative Unit at Fusion before moving to VICE News. Zeller is currently a correspondent with National Geographic Channel. She joined National Geographic in January 2017.

Awards and Honors

  • DuPont Award
  • Livingston Award for Young Journalist (2011) for her work on “Rape on the Reservation.”
  • Peabody Award (2010) for her work on “The OxyContin Express.”

Mariana van Zeller Trafficked and Podcast

Zeller is the host and the executive producer of Trafficked, a National Geographic Channel documentary series. National Geographic describes the series as: “TRAFFICKED with Mariana van Zeller is an original documentary series that explores the complex and dangerous inner-workings of the global underworld, black and informal markets. Each adventure follows Mariana on a mission to follow the chain of custody of trafficked goods, understand how to obtain the contraband, or see the 360-degree view of the trafficking world from the point of view of the smugglers, law enforcement and those caught in the crossfire.”

Podcasts after each episode of Trafficked are available on Apple, Spotify, and Amazon as Mariana sits down with the former black market operators to hear their stories.

Mariana van Zeller Net and Salary

Zeller has an estimated net worth of $1 million- $5 million as of 2020. Her primary source of income is a journalism career.

Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Mariana is active on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Her Instagram account @marianavz has 41.1K followers as of January 2021.

Her Twitter account @MarianaVZ boasts of 17.1K followers as of the time of writing this article.

You can also reach Zeller on Facebook.