Mariel Turner's career began as a high school senior, when she interned in her hometown of Detroit at the NBC affiliate WDIV. During her time there she assisted on the lifestyle and fashion website, Angela's Eye, and helped to cover major events in the city of Detroit.
This early experience solidified her dream to be a full-time, professional journalist.
The summer of 2011, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and traveled to London, Paris, Venice, Rome, and Amsterdam. She learned how media worked as a global operation and proceeded to pursue journalism experience outside of her city of Detroit.
She went on to intern at KATC-TV3 in Louisiana, work as a production assistant at Futuro Media Group in New York City, intern at CBS 2 in Chicago and hone her skills as a digital producer and entertainment editor at KTLA 5 News and Wonderwall.com in Los Angeles.
When Mariel wasn't working, she was pursuing her education and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor and a Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University.
Today, the 31-year-old is the senior culture editor and IGTV host at Shondaland.com, covering entertainment in Los Angeles. Mariel has had the privilege to report on women's issues in Johannesburg, South Africa, work as an on-air contributor on the Reelz Channel, interview a host of celebrities--including Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Kelly Rowland, Sterling K. Brown and Nicole Kidman--and cover the 2016 Presidential Election, the Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, Critics' Choice Awards and the Oscars.
Her work has been published on TheGrio.com, UsMagazine.com, MSN.com, AOL.com, EBONY.com, Wonderwall.com, KTLA.com, The LAist, MSN UK, MSN South Africa, Black Hollywood Live and more.
In her free time Mariel enjoys traveling, reading, binge-watching the latest Netflix show and all things Beyoncé. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.