While working as a radio reporter for WSUA 1260 AM, Radio Caracol, she interviewed U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot and former Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro, as well as other Latin American presidents.
In 1999, Marino returned to FIU and obtained 43 credit hours from the Legal Studies Institute in the School of Law. After graduation, she joined the Law Office of Attorney Roy Black as a legal assistant, he is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier trial and appellate lawyers. She also worked as a Private Investigator. This knowledge helped hone her newsroom acumen as she was familiar with legal terminology, and the skills to conduct in-depth research.
Marino also worked as a news anchor for Bay News 9 in Saint Petersburg, Florida. There, she covered local, national, and international news. Her most memorable stories were the end-of-life legal debate of the case of Terri Schiavo, and the death of Pope John Paul II.
Marino has been recognized on the floor of Congress for her journalistic efforts to reunite a Colombian mother with her two daughters, who were abducted and held in the Middle East by their Syrian father. In 2013, after a 21-year effort and with the help of social media, they were reunited! The family’s journey received major media coverage thanks to Marino’s assistance.
Marino has served Miami-Dade County Government in various communications positions, from public information officer in 2004 at Miami International Airport to media and public affairs manager for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and the Office of Emergency Management. She was also the director of media in the Board of County Commission Media Division serving Chairman Jean Monestime; and worked in that division under Chairmen Dennis C. Moss and Bruno Barreiro’s terms.
In her current role as communications and media director, Marino is responsible for the communications of 11 advisory boards under the Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, currently led by Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz.
In 2007, the Latino Leaders Network, a Washington D.C. organization, named Marino a “Media Latino Leader” for her government affairs communications strategies.
In 2017, Florida International University (FIU) featured Marino as a Notable Alumna in its Alumni Spotlights. That article highlighted her Emmy awards, storied career interviewing world leaders such as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev; South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Prince Albert of Monaco; and Lord Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana.
In 2020, Marino was one of 12 recipients of the prestigious In the Company of Women award. She stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other inspiring women leaders including Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez, FIU’s Suzanna M. Rose, and Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh. Marino won in the Communications and Literature category.
For decades, Marino has mentored aspiring communications professionals. As a community relations director for the Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Marino also served as a role model for teen girls in foster care.
Last year, Marino was selected to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Board of FIU’s School of Communication and Journalism.
Marino has been a member of the National Information Officers Associations, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where she has served as an Emmy Award judge. Additionally, she volunteers as a Goodwill Ambassador, for the United Way, March of Dimes, autism campaigns, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the American Cancer Society. She is currently an Ambassador in the Making Strides Against Cancer campaign, as her own mother is a 38-year breast cancer survivor.
Marino’s greatest pride and joy are her two adult sons David and Danny. She is most thankful to her parents, family, friends, mentors, and supervisors who continue to support her professional goals.
Throughout her career, Marino has exemplified a strong commitment to her profession, and is an ideal candidate to be inducted into Florida International University’s School of Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame – her esteemed alma mater.