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Award-winning journalist Marianne Banister has been covering news and newsmakers for nearly 30 years. As both an anchor and reporter in Los Angeles, Denver, Baltimore and Sacramento, she has covered all aspects of breaking news such as the trial of O.J. Simpson, the Northridge earthquake, Laguna Beach fires, and recovery from the L.A. riots. A trusted journalist, she gained exclusive access inside the world of politics in California, Maryland and two presidential campaigns. A respected reporter, she has covered the heartaches of humanity such as the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, forgotten orphans of remote Russia, and the drug trade in the backstreets of Tijuana, Mexico.

Marianne has a unique perspective from inside the newsroom; the editorial process, technology, deadlines, and what journalists want when they come knocking at your door. She knows firsthand how the power of the presentation, message and image and can help you build those concepts for corporate success.

Marianne is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Education. She spends countless hours mentoring young people and briefly taught Communications at the University of California at Davis.

She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and two children, and is always ready for the next big story!

To visit Banister's website, click here. She is also on Twitter @MBanister1.

"We're staying in Baltimore, my husband and I and our girls," she said. "We're staying put. And so, I'm going to adapt around this. You know, how life hits you with surprises? They're not always welcome. But when they come, my father always taught me that you can't control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it."

Banister says she has been able to do some consulting "on the side" with "non-profits" already.

"But obviously, I would never been able to jump into it mainstream as a full-time journalist with Hearst Corporation," she said. " But now, I'm able to do it...."

"As I said, I am not retiring," she re-iterated. "I love this business. I've been doing this since I was 17 in radio. I just cannot imagine not doing news or broadcasting or reporting in some vein. I do have some irons in the fire, as we say, and I hope and expect that I'll be popping back up on Baltimore television if not elsewhere."