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Mara Schiavocampo was a digital journalist for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Schiavocampo reporting primarily for nightly.msnbc.com.

Prior to NBC News, Schiavocampo has been a contributor/guest commentator for numerous outlets and online news sites including ABC News Now, ABCNews.com, NPR, Current TV, Yahoo!, Ebony and Uptown magazines. Among the stories she has covered include: the plight of Iraqi refugees in Jordan, post war events in Beirut, the bird flu in Indonesia, the Lebanon oil spill and hate crimes in Russia.

In 2007, Schiavocampo was named as the emerging journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and also this year, received the Society of Environmental Journalists honorable mention for outstanding television reporting. In 2006, her report on Army recruiting fraud won her the New York State Broadcasters Association award for outstanding hard news reporting.

Prior to her role as contributor and guest commentator for various news outlets, Schiavocampo worked as anchor and reporter for the Regional News Network (WRNN) where she also produced and reported long-form and investigative news stories. From 2004-2005, she was part of the team that launched "ABC News Now," ABC's 24 hour digital cable and internet news channel. Prior to that, Schiavocampo worked as an anchor and reporter for CBS News on mtvU (University), also filing reports for CBS Newspath and BET "Nightly News." She began her journalism career at CBS News' broadcast wire service.

Schiavocampo earned a Master's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, and received a Bachelors degree, with honors, from the University of California at Los Angeles. She currently teaches a seminar on video journalism at mediabistro.

She resides in New York City with her husband.