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Maria Menounos          

CEO & Co-founder of AfterBuzz TV; Former E! News Co-Anchor; Best-selling Author, Journalist & Activist

Maria Menounos is a journalist, host and actress. As a journalist, having interviewed every President since Clinton, Menounos holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family, touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to the historic victory. Her ground-breaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person to host Entertainment Tonight. She would go on to do the same for the Today Show and Nightly News where she traveled the globe covering campaign trails, tragedies and human interest stories.

Menounos is the first person in the entire history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide release feature film. On the big screen, she starred in the romantic comedy "Kickin' It Old Skool" opposite Jamie Kennedy and played herself in the Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder." She also appeared in the 20th Century Fox Sci Fi/Action movie "Fantastic Four." On the small screen, her acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’s "Without a Trace," NBC’s "Scrubs," HBO’s "Entourage," FX’s "Louie" and FOX’s "The Mindy Project," as well as a recurring role on the CW’s "One Tree Hill." While at NBC, Menounos was a correspondent for "Nightly News," the "Today Show," "Access Hollywood" and "Dateline." Menounos became the Host of Extra in 2011 and joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 14 where Menounos and partner Derek Hough got the season's first perfect score and advanced to the semi-finals of the competition.

Menounos is also a part-time professional wrestler for the WWE. Undefeated in the squared circle, Menounos has wrestled in Summerslam, Raw, Tribute to the Troops and Wrestle Mania XXVIII and inducted friend former two time WWE Champion Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. Her production company with partner Keven Undegaro titled Underman/Omegagirl Productions produced her reality docuseries Chasing Maria Menounos, which aired it’s first season on Oxygen in March of 2014. Underman/Omegagirl has since entered into a long-term partnership with E, opening offices there. Menounos was also the longest running international spokesperson and face for PANTENE hair care products.

In the literary world, Menounos is a two-time NY Times Bestselling Author beginning with her critically acclaimed "EveryGirl's Guide to Life." The A-Z guide gives EveryGirl and EveryWoman expert advice on weight loss, fitness, beauty, health, organization, dating, career and more. Her second book in the series, "EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness" released in the summer of 2014 had even greater success. She is also a Contributing Editor for People StyleWatch.

In the digital arena, Menounos, and partner Keven Undergaro, are founders and CEO's of AfterBuzz TV, the largest new media platform on the worldwide web. The AfterBuzz TV Network is an online broadcast network, designated to producing live and recorded “after-show” webcast and podcast content for TV series of all kinds.

In the world of charity and volunteerism, Menounos founded the non profit, Take Action Hollywood (TAH!) in 2001 following her journey to South Africa to cover the Aids crisis. TAH! is a charity whose mission is to utilize the power of the entertainment industry and the production medium to educate, empower and raise social awareness. Menounos and TAH! have teamed up with various organizations such as The Weinstein Company, Tide, Channel One News, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Nike, and Cosmo Magazine. TAH! has helped raise awareness for Diabetes, pet adoption, women’s suffering, MS, racism and countless others. Menounos and TAH! helped secure distribution for the award nominated Miramax holocaust documentary Paperclips. As a Diabetes Awareness Ambassador for Entertainment Industry Foundation, Menounos has spoken on Capitol Hill and is working with lobbyists on improving treatment for the disease worldwide. Menounos is also proud to be the first Global Ambassador for Shining Hope for Communities - an innovative, grassroots non-profit organization working to champion gender equality and combat urban poverty in one of the largest slums in Africa: the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

She was a recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Impact Honoree Award for Variety Magazine's prestigious "Power of Women" event. She’s also been honored as a National Ambassador for GLAAD’s Spirit Day and as the 2013 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade Grand Marshal. She received President George H. W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award and a Chase American Giving grant in honor of her work with Take Action Hollywood! on December 2, 2013 and served as the 2014 International CES Entertainment Matters Ambassador.

Menounos attended Boston’s Emerson College, where she majored in broadcast journalism and film. At Emerson, she became the first freshman in the school’s 125-year history to garner the prestigious EVVY award for best newscaster. After her junior year, Menounos became an international correspondent for Channel One News. At Channel One, Menounos interviewed President George W. Bush and traveled the globe reporting on world affairs. Menounos' parents were Greek immigrants whom she worked alongside cleaning nightclubs in Boston since the age of three. She remains proud of them and her heritage and credits her work ethic and success to those factors. In her free time, she loves playing and watching sports and working with rescue animals when not playing with her own.

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The EveryGirl's Guide To Life

Most people know Maria Menounos as a glamorous presence on Access Hollywood or as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful . But Maria's journey to become the dynamo she is came with a lot of hard work and dedication. Raised by working-class immigrant parents, she didn't speak English until the third grade. She worked as a janitor, struggled with her weight, and still kept focused on her dream of being a journalist.

After constantly being asked how she succeeded so far so young, Maria wrote her bestselling book The EveryGirl's Guide to Life.

In her candid and down-to-earth presentations, Maria shares her secrets on how to live a healthier and happier life. From her systems to organize life, manage time, and ascend the ladder of success, to her personal experiences with issues we all face (she lost forty pounds and kept it off) Maria's stories of her personal and professional journey are totally relatable.

A self-proclaimed "EveryGirl," Maria is proof that you can succeed and remain true to yourself and humble in the process.

Accessing Hollywood: A Look on the Inside

Take Action Hollywood: Educating, Empowering and Raising Awareness

Diabetes: Finding a Cure

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Maria Menounos Named 2014 CES Entertainment Matters ...

“Extra” host and journalist Maria Menounos will serve as the 2014 CES Entertainment Matters Ambassador for next year's International CES, taking place Jan.

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The EXTRA host gives realistic tips for how to indulge without packing on the pounds, as well as recipes that highlight cranberries.

Maria Menounos Named 'E! News' Co-Anchor

She replaces long-time anchor Giuliana Rancic, who departs the show Aug. 10.

Maria Menounos' Tips on How to Host an A-List Soirée | E! News

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Maria Menounos, Keven Undergaro's AfterBuzz TV Partners With ...

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