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  Marissa Tejada
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am a well-traveled, award-winning American print and broadcast journalist based in Athens, Greece. I have more than 12 years of diverse news and media industry experience. I'm currently seeking freelance writing and reporting opportunities. I specialize in travel, technology and lifestyle articles and reports. I am also a women's fiction novelist. My romantic comedy Chasing Athens will be released in April 2014 by Musa Publishing. I also have a travel blog called, My Greece, My Travels which showcases my travel insights and photography. www.mygreecemytravels.com In 2015, I co-founded the first travel bloggers network in Greece called Travel Bloggers Greece. www.marissatejada.com
Work Info
Writer 3 Years
TV Reporter 6 Years
Reporter 12 Years
Technology 4 Years
Travel 12 Years
Lifestyle 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
12 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
IBM Midsize Insider (11+), Odyssey (11+), Olive Oil Times (6-10), Kaspersky.com (3-5), Forbes (3-5), Athens News (3-5), bThere Brussels Airlines (3-5), Greikenland (1-2), KLM Holland Herald (1-2), Let's Go Ryan Air (1-2), Urban Travel Blog (1-2), Wine Enthusiast (1-2), Athens Insider (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Fodor's (3-5)
Other Work History
Fox News O&O - Orlando, reporter/anchor
IBM Global Media Relations - San Francisco
CBS 19 News KEPR-TV - Washington State, reporter/anchor
News 18 WETM-TV - Elmira, reporter/anchor
The Ithaca Journal - Ithaca, reporter
Computer Skills
WordPress, AP News Center, I-News, Movie Studio, Audio Studio, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Lotus
Technical Skills
DV, BETA and MII news cameras and digital video editing

audio recorder, Nikon D80 Digital Camera
Foreign Language Skills
Native language: English, Greek, basic Tagalog, Spanish, Serbian

+Earned certificate of attainment in Greek, 2009
Light and Composition Magazine Travel Photography Award
+three photos awards in 2014
+two photos awarded in 2012

IBM Bravo! Corporate Award for Excellence
+Awarded for managing the public and media relations in May 2008

Max Karant National Journalism Award
+Awarded for fair and insightful reporting for my series entitled, Too Close for Comfort which aired on Fox News Orlando in 2006
Asian American Journalists Association
Romance Writers of America
Creative writer and digital photographer
Board Member and Public Relations Chair for the American Women of Greece
Host of IBM Technology Podcast series
Speaking TV reporter role: 2008 Four Christmases starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn.
Staff Reporter for award winning Ithaca Collage campus media including: ICTV, WICB Radio and The Ithacan.
Co-Founder and Editor of Ithaca College campus features magazine In/Sight
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Forbes Travel Guide, 7/1/2012)
As one of the most cosmopolitan spots in Greece, Mykonos truly has something for everyone: party beaches, quiet stretches of sand, pretty cafes that offer prime seating for watching Greece’s famous sunsets and more.
(Forbes Travel, 6/1/2012)
Athens is a sprawling capital city known for its Greek charm. High and steady in its center is the Acropolis, where tourists flock to see ancient sites like the Parthenon. The Acropolis is also the pride of Greece, as it is direct evidence of the city’s history as the birthplace of democracy. As you
(Odyssey, 2/1/2012)
For up to four months of the year, Greece's snow-capped mountains and their surrounding villages steal the show, welcoming on their slopes some half-million visitors seeking a winter getaway in a cozy mountain lodge as well as some time on the slopes. Marissa Tejada Benekos takes a look at Greece's
(Odyssey, 1/1/2012)
The Greek presence in Hungary dates back to the fifteenth century, but a community didn't emerge until the mid-eighteenth century. Today, the community numbers several thousand, with about half in Budapest, a mix of Greek Civil War refugees, their families, businessmen, and students who fell in love
Keeping Freedom Alive
(Odyssey, 1/1/2010)
In the Romanian city of Iasi, a small community of Greeks has put down roots that have been renewed by a sizeable Greek student community. But though this is where east meets west, past and present, collide Greek Romanians say that even after generations of intermarriage, there's a special reason t
Food and Wine  
(Olive Oil, 5/1/2011)
Over one hundred companies focused on olive oil and edible olive production in Greece gathered at the Eleotechnia Mediterranean Exhibition of Olive and Olive Oil in Athens.
(Wine Enthusiast, 3/30/2011)
These pioneering wineries are located in places that might surprise you.
(Olive Oil Times)
In a clear, sleek, glass flask simply engraved with a modern Greek letter logo and hand-sealed by a special silicone cork, exists one of the most expensive olive oils available today.
Art & Culture  
(Athens Insider, 6/1/2010)
Hans Jannson, Athens based Swedish designer's creations weave together European style with traditional embroidery from the deserts of Egypt.
(IBM InfoBoom, 3/2/2012)
Stricter mobile privacy policies are in place thanks to new California laws that will require mobile apps to post privacy policies. These policies should send a wake up call to small and midsized businesses that understand the importance of mobile security.
(IBM InfoBoom, 2/24/2012)
As the top stand-alone security and antivirus firm, Symantec remains in the headlines about its precious software codes being exposed--and small and midsize businesses are left to wonder where they stand.