Michelle Marie is a versatile broadcast journalist, television host and producer. Her wide-ranging experience includes moderating and hosting talk/variety shows before a studio audience; anchoring live, red carpet pre-shows during awards season; conducting in-depth interviews, and presenting daily news.
Michelle’s multi-ethnic background (Filipino, Spanish, Mexican, Italian) allows her to connect with a diverse audience across traditional broadcast and new media platforms. Over the past decade, she’s held on-air talent roles for ESPN, E!, Associated Press, Yahoo!, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more.
Most recently, Michelle was the host/investigative journalist of a one-hour, documentary series episode of MTV True Life: Crime. Taking a deep-dive into her story over the course of several months, this experience allowed Michelle to tap into her journalistic rigor and utilize all of her skill-sets. In turn, she is actively expanding into news and documentary storytelling.
Michelle is currently hosting and producing an interview series, in partnership with Providence Health System, focusing on mental health, COVID and the BIPOC community. A mixed-race woman of color, Michelle is committed to amplifying underrepresented voices by inherently tapping into her own personal experiences. She has a vested interest in covering socio-cultural topics and these intersections with pop culture and sports.
For several years, Michelle was tapped as an official, live red carpet pre-show host for the biggest awards shows in entertainment including: The ESPYs Countdown Show, American Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. She was also named global anchor for Associated Press Live (AP Live) on the Red Carpet for The Oscars and Grammy Awards for multiple award seasons.
Michelle was ABC’s backstage digital host for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, where she interviewed performers as they prepared for the show. She also co-hosted The Billboard Music Awards Backstage Live Stream, providing behind-the-scenes interviews, commentary and social interaction as a second-screen experience during the three-hour ABC broadcast.
Having developed a personal rapport with a variety of talent and their teams throughout the course of her career, Michelle has interviewed some of the biggest entertainers and athletes in the world, including George Clooney, Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Justin Bieber, Ben Affleck, Rihanna, Aaron Rogers, Taylor Swift, Peyton Manning, Jon Hamm, Miley Cyrus, Carmelo Anthony, Celine Dion, and more.
Michelle possesses the natural skill to lead and facilitate candid conversations and makes others feel at ease, allowing her subjects to genuinely engage and share from their heart. Always seeking to reveal stories that show a relatable, human side to the idolized and glorified, Michelle thrives as a passionate storyteller. Making the most of her skills in front and behind the camera Michelle has landed exclusive interviews for various outlets and continues to maintain a foundation of trust across multiple genres.
Michelle joined ESPN in late 2013 as host of the “Guinness Suite,” a studio interview series featuring athletes and celebrities. Guests sat down with Michelle in a custom studio out of ESPN LA, and her weekly segments aired on SportsCenter, ABC, and ESPN.com. Her conversations focused on personal stories of overcoming adversity, sports and pop culture news, along with fun and engaging game segments.
Soon thereafter, Michelle became a recurring guest host on talk-variety show, SportsNation. Her duties included moderating sports/pop-culture panel discussions, leading segments, and conducting guest interviews before a live, studio audience.
During her time at ESPN Michelle joined Hannah Storm, Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, and Cari Champion as a co-host of the “ESPYs Countdown Show,” She was stationed at the “360 Fashion Stage” alongside NBA Star and style king, Nick “Swaggy P” Young. Together, they provided fashion commentary, handed out ESPYs hardware and interviewed guests.
In 2015, Michelle made a cameo as a sports broadcaster, co-anchoring the Key and Peele’s East/West Bowl – Pro Edition sketch alongside NFL Network’s Eric Davis. The viral sketch was part Comedy Central’s Key and Peele Super Bowl Special, generating national buzz with 10-million views, prior to it’s TV debut.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS & TALK SHOWS
As an entertainment news anchor and correspondent, Michelle has covered every major red carpet event, along with set visits, festivals, tv/film premieres, junkets, and more. She currently freelances as an entertainment reporter and host for Getty Entertainment, where her coverage is distributed across the world.
Michelle was announced by The Associated Press as anchor of “AP Live” – their global, live red carpet pre-show, covering multiple award seasons. From AP’s prime platform at The Oscars and Grammy Awards, Michelle led the two-and-a-half hour live show, watched by millions across the world.
From 2011–2013, Michelle was a recurring host at E! News for their daily, digital news show “E! News Now,” delivering breaking entertainment news. She’s also appeared as a pop culture/lifestyle expert on nationally syndicated talk shows, ‘The Real’ and ‘Maury.’
Michelle was also an anchor and red carpet correspondent for “The Daily Buzz” – a live, entertainment news and talk show for Buzzmedia. From their Hollywood studio, Michelle moderated live commentary between editorial panelists and interviewed daily guests.
MUSIC HOST & JOURNALIST
As one of the first correspondents to interview Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Tyga and Ne-Yo, Michelle has interviewed hundreds of musicians across multiple genres. Throughout her career, Michelle has cultivated solid relationships with artists and label representatives, which eventually lead to her landing on-air talent roles for music industry’s most beloved publications: Billboard & Rolling Stone.
Currently, Michelle is a contributing host/correspondent for Rolling Stone, where she conducts one-on-one interviews with musicians and entertainers. She was recently the host/producer of “Rolling Stone Live,” during the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival. While at Sundance, she booked and conduced one of the final on-camera interviews with rock legend, Scott Weiland, months before his tragic passing. Michelle also sat down with The Weeknd for an exclusive one-on-one at Rolling Stone Live’s Grammys event.
In 2013, Michelle was tapped by Billboard as the official, pre-show and backstage host for The Billboard Music Awards. As their anchor staged at the top of the carpet, Michelle interviewed the year’s biggest chart-toppers during the two-hour live stream. Directly after the carpet, she reported to her backstage duties joining Billboard’s editorial director, Bill Werde, to co-host The Billboard Music Awards Backstage Live Stream, She also worked as a Billboard’s correspondent for their annual Grammy after-party and hosted “Billboard at Park City Live,” interviewing talent in their ‘Sonos’ pop-up lounge during Sundance in 2014.
Michelle is also no stranger to the music festival circuit. She most recently created and hosted content around the festival for Rock the Vote at Coachella, discussing the upcoming election and importance of youth voting with artists and attendees. Michelle also hosted the Life is Beautiful Festival documentary, covered Budweiser’s Made in America during their inaugural year in Philly, and served as the official, livestream host for Rock the Bells Music Festival.
Michelle was also the digital correspondent for ABC and DCP as their backstage correspondent for Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve 2011 with Ryan Seacrest and The American Music Awards. In addition, she was the first on-air talent for VEVO NEWS, serving as their red carpet correspondent and music expert from 2010-2011.
SPORTS & LIVE EVENTS EMCEE
Specializing in the intersection of sports and pop culture, Michelle recently joined a panel of female sports broadcasters for Diageo’s “Women in Sports Media” panel in New York, where they discussed the barriers women face in sports media. In 2015, YPO (Young President’s Organization) tapped Michelle to conduct a live, in-depth conversation with the first openly gay NBA athlete, Jason Collins during their private event. She also co-hosted Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm Pitching Competition, a live event that took over Hollywood Boulevard to kick off the film’s world premiere. Nike tapped Michelle as their official live host and emcee during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles for the “Los Fearless Tournament” alongside Big Tigger and Terrence J. Soon thereafter, Michelle was Nike’s host/emcee for “Fight Night at the Montalban,” their official viewing party for Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Moseley.
From 2011-2013, Michelle was a recurring host for “Yahoo Sports Minute” – the #1 online sports show on Yahoo!. Previously, Michelle made headlines as a contributing host/reporter for Yahoo! Sports, where she secured an exclusive, sit-down with Carmelo Anthony moments before his trade to the NY Knicks. She also contributed to Y! Sports’ Super Bowl XLV coverage in Dallas, earlier that year.
Michelle developed her own unique way of covering sports — rooted in fun and focusing on the players personalities and lifestyles. The combination of an entertainment-style conversation with newsworthy sports topics became a winning solution for Yahoo! Sports, as Michelle ‘s work generated millions of daily clicks, becoming the face of the their lifestyle channel in partnership with Young Hollywood. Developing her niche for crossing over sports and entertainment, Michelle spent three years covering various events including Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, The Rose Bowl, ESPYs, X-Games, and more.
Michelle’s cut her teeth as a full-time host/producer at entertainment media company, Young Hollywood. During their start-up phase from 2007-2010, Michelle gained tremendous experience coming in at the ground level to help launch their brand. This rare opportunity allowed Michelle to develop multiple skillsets as their main on-air talent/host, producer and talent booker. During her tenure, Michelle cultivated vital industry relationships across all aspects of entertainment and sports. She built brand awareness by securing access to cover major events, exclusive set visits and talent interview opportunities. Her passions for music and sports helped her launch and lead coverage for both verticals. Michelle was a key factor in helping Young Hollywood grow into a major media brand, as she developed a niche for the profile interview-style the brand is known for. Generating millions of views, she also worked with weekly distribution partners including Yahoo!, People, and TV Guide. Michelle also had a hand in developing branded content, as she co-developed, produced and hosted YH’s first branded video campaigns for AT&T “Verge to Emerge,” vitaminwater (Sundance), and Ray Ban (Coachella). She also co-developed, produced and hosted YH’s long-form shows, “Backstage Pass” and “Beyond the Athlete”on HULU.
Kickstarting her career, Michelle landed her first TV hosting job as co-host of “Street Tuner Challenge” on FOX’s SPEED Channel. Previously, she traveled across the country as a host/live emcee for various corporate clients including: Yamaha, VOLVO, Suzuki, Infinity, Tecmo and Sharp.
BACKGROUND & CHILDHOOD
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (PR), studied Broadcast Journalism at UCLA Extension, and is a Southern California native.
Born for the spotlight, Michelle began training as a dancer and musician as early as 5-years-old. Michelle’s passion for music and performance began to develop through daily practice and weekly performances. Eventually shifting all of her focus to dance, Michelle began to excel as a competitive dancer in the jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical categories.
As Michelle’s leadership skills began to evolve, her competitive drive became undeniable. After winning numerous awards at national dance competitions as member and co-captain of California Dance Academy’s “TnT Dance Team,” Michelle was scouted by a dance agent at 16-years-old. She gained experience working on commercials, live shows and music videos for artists like 50 Cent and Beyonce. Over the years, Michelle was groomed to become a performer and which helped her seamlessly transition these skills into a television hosting career. Whether she’s speaking on TV, at a live event, or performing her choreographed dance routine in a packed-arena, Michelle truly thrives when she’s live.
Michelle’s strong work ethic, diverse appeal, and love for storytelling is undeniable. Her down-to-earth personality and decision to stay true to herself throughout her career has become a key component to her success. Always pushing herself to new levels with tenacity and sheer determination, Michelle’s broadcasting career goals are limitless.
MICHELLE MARIE PRODUCTIONS
Michelle Marie Productions (MMP) is a full-service production company providing multi-media video for a variety of clientele. Specializing in authentic storytelling and branded content, MMP has been trusted by a variety of clientele including: Rock the Vote, Microsoft/Xbox, Unilever, Iconix Brand Group, Providence Health & Services, CMN Hospitals, Patrón, UDI’s Gluten Free, Colgate, Franklin Sports, Avia/Ryka, and Foster Grant. As founder and executive producer of MMP, Michelle and her team develop and execute premium content.
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