Griselle Marino

Multi-Emmy-award-winning journalist and public affairs professional serving the Office of Community Advocacy advisory boards and Goodwill Ambassadors Program.

United States

Griselle Marino is a highly accomplished journalist and communications expert recognized for her outstanding achievements and dedication in multiple industries. She is a distinguished alumna of Florida International University (FIU), recently inducted to its School of Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame. Her remarkable career spans across journalism, communications, public affairs, aviation, and real estate garnering accolades and making significant impact. She is a multi-Emmy award-winning journalist, who serves as the Communications and Media Director for the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioner's Office of Community Advocacy, which houses 12 advisory boards representative of Miami-Dade County's diverse population and the Goodwill Ambassadors Program.

Her journey began after high school with an 11-year tenure in the airline industry at Miami International Airport (MIA) including roles at Pan American Airways assisting VIPs through Immigrations and Customs, and as an International Concierge at United Airlines Red Carpet Club. These particular experiences honed her customer service skills and understanding of delivering exceptional experiences to discerning clientele.

Marino's involvement in the aviation industry and curiosity for languages have contributed to her success. Fluent in English and Spanish, with working knowledge of French and Portuguese, she displays the ability to connect with diverse individuals and navigate various cultural contexts, amplifying her capacity to engage with a wide range of audiences.

Transitioning to journalism, Marino's impactful reporting earned her two Emmy awards and five Emmy nominations. She interviewed prominent leaders, including His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; late Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev; former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias; late Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; 16th Surgeon General of the United States David Satcher, and numerous other local, state, and national elected officials. She covered significant events such as the Miami angle of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the 2000 presidential election, and the Elian Gonzalez legal saga.

While working as a weekend news anchor and weekday reporter, she covered the end-of-life legal debate of the case of Terri Schiavo, the death of Pope John Paul II, the disappearance and murders of Jessica Lunsford and Natalie Holloway, and obtained a one-on-one interview with Lord Charles Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana.

Education has been a cornerstone of Marino's journey. She attended Miami Dade College, earning an associate in arts in Business Administration, and pursued her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a minor in English at FIU where she contributed as a staff writer for "The Beacon," the university's official newspaper. Marino's quest for knowledge extended to legal studies at FIU's College of Law, completing two years (43 credits) and gaining valuable experience as a paralegal at the office of renowned criminal defense trial attorney Roy Black. This legal background deepened her understanding of terminology used in newsrooms and in legislative agenda items.

Since 2004, Marino has served Miami-Dade County in various public affairs positions, positively impacting the county's communications efforts and initiatives. Her work experience includes roles as the Director of Media for Chairman Jean Monestime and Assistant Director of Media under Chairman Dennis C. Moss and Chairman Bruno A. Barreiro. She also served as Public Affairs Manager at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and the Office of Emergency Management. Her first County position was as a Public Affairs Officer at Miami-Dade Aviation Department covering MÍA and five general aviation airports. During that time, she assisted the Protocol Division with diplomatic arrivals and special events held at the airport. Marino obtained federal and state government clearance.

Marino's contributions have been recognized in various capacities. She has been invited to several Florida Supreme Court media seminars and served as a panelist, providing expertise in debating controversial legal issues. She was honored by former U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for her journalistic efforts in reuniting a Hispanic local mother with her two daughters who were abducted to Syria, furthering highlighting her commendable endeavors that resonated both nationally and internationally.

Marino first served as an Emmy judge for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005; she was one of 18 judges from across the country scoring entries submitted for consideration in the Lone Star Emmy Awards. Five years later, the Latino Leaders Network, a Washington D.C. organization, named Marino a "Media Latino Leader."

In 2011, Marino became a member of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force. She travelled to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to receive specialized training on the Joint Information Center structure and the National Incident Management System, which provides a nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work collaboratively during domestic incidents. Marino has received public information training on weapons of mass destruction/terrorist incidents and military base and port community resiliency initiatives.

While at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, she represented the Office of Emergency Management at Turkey Point’s FEMA evaluated and non-evaluated emergency response training exercises. She also served as a member of the following organizations: International Association of Emergency Managers, National Information Officers Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, Public Relations Society of America, and National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 2017, she received a distinction from her Alma Mater Florida International University and an appointment from FEMA as a Media Relations Reservist in the External Affairs cadre. In 2020, she received the prestigious "In the Company of Women" award for communications and literature, and in 2021, she was celebrated during National Volunteer's Week for her leadership and commitment to initiatives such as the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign from the American Cancer Society of South Florida. That year, she was also appointed to the Dean's Advisory Board of Florida International University's School of Communication and Journalism, further showcasing her expertise and reputation in the field.

Additionally, she joined a diverse group of professionals engaged in creating global awareness for the prevention of crimes through the Global Innovative Foundation (GIF), a 501c3 organization. GIF is committed to empowering the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and gun violence through support, education, service, and scholarships.

Beyond her many professional achievements, she is extremely grateful for the solid support of her parents, family, mentors, and friends who have been instrumental throughout her career goals.

Her two adult sons serve as constant sources of inspiration and motivation, bringing her the greatest pride and joy.

With a multifaceted career acting as a global ambassador, Griselle Marino continues to leave an indelible mark in her respective fields as a testament to her unwavering commitment to excellence and exceptional talent. From her induction into the FIU Hall of Fame and her Emmy awards to her multiple accolades, Marino's accomplishments reflect her remarkable contributions and her ability to make a lasting impact. Her dedication to community advocacy, her multicultural experiences, linguistic versatility, and her lifelong pursuit of knowledge continue to shape her thriving career.

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Veteran County Communicator appointed to FIU's School of Communication and Journalism Dean's...

Veteran Miami-Dade County Communicator Griselle Marino has been appointed to the Dean's Advisory Board of Florida International University's School of Communication and Journalism, recognized during National Volunteer's Week, and winner of the 2020 "In the Company of Women" Communications and Literature award.

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Journalism + Media

Journalism + Media Written by: Camila Fernandez Aired on Telemundo International, journalist Griselle Marino, '93 sat with former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev for an exclusive 30-minute interview on the Cuban embargo, Vladimir Putin, and nuclear weapons. "I was just a Cuban girl sitting across from a Soviet Union leader," says Marino, who first met Gorbachev at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.