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Public Affairs Staff

Griselle Marino, Manager of the Public Affairs Bureau

Griselle Marino, Manager of the Public Affairs BureauGriselle Marino, a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, is the current Manager of the Public Affairs Bureau at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Her previous experience in county government was with the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners as the Assistant Director of Media where she was in charge of two strategic areas: Proactive Media Strategy and Crisis Management. While in that position, Griselle hosted Get to Know Your County Commissioner. The public affairs show featured commissioners and their guests discussing different topics that affect local residents; it was produced in English and Spanish and aired on Miami-Dade TV, Channel 76, and its "On-Demand" website, with links displayed on each Commissioner's website.

Previously, Marino had co-hosted "CLASS ACT" with Ed O'Dell, one of Miami's best-known reporters. This educational show was created to inform parents of the latest programs available at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The show aired on WLRN, Channel 17, a Public Broadcast Station (PBS). Marino also worked as a News Anchor at Bay News 9, a 24-hour news station affiliated with CNN in Saint Petersburg, Florida. During Marino's tenure at the Bay, she covered local, national, and international news; such as, the end-of-life legal debate of the case of Terry Schivo, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the disappearance and murder of Jessica Lunsford. Additionally, she had a one-on-one exclusive interview with Lord Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana.

Before moving to Saint Petersburg, Griselle worked for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department as a Public Information Officer, for TEVE Channel 41 and Telemundo Channel 51.  In 2001 and 2003 while at Telemundo, she was the recipient of two Emmy Awards in the categories of writing and investigative reporting; Marino was also nominated for three Emmy Awards in public affairs reporting, writing, and investigative reporting. Her career as a reporter has given Marino the opportunity to interview several prominent leaders, including his Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev; former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; 16th Surgeon General of the United States David Satcher; and many other local, state, and national politicians.

As for formal education, after completing high school, Marino attended Miami Dade College (MDC) where she obtained an Associate in Arts and Florida International University (FIU), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. While studying at FIU, she was a staff writer for "The Beacon," FIU's official newspaper. Upon graduation, she interned at Univision's Miami affiliate and soon afterward, she landed her first reporter's job for WSUA 1260 AM, Radio Caracol, where she interviewed U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot and former Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro. Marino's quest for knowledge did not stop with her bachelor's degree; she returned to FIU and completed two years of post-graduate legal studies to better understand legal reporting.  She instantly gained employment at the office of famed criminal defense trial attorney Roy Black. As a legal assistant, she worked on high-profile cases and gained incalculable practical legal knowledge. Marino also was invited to several Florida Supreme Court media seminars. Additionally, she was recognized by Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on the floor of the United States Congress for her journalistic efforts to reunite a Colombian mother with her two daughters who were abducted to the Middle East by their Syrian father.

Marino is multi-lingual, speaking English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and has been a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, and the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2005, she was one of 18 judges from across the country coming together to score entries submitted for consideration in the Lone Star Emmy Awards. Five years later, in April 2010, the Latino Leaders Network, a Washington D.C. organization, named Marino a "Media Latino Leader."

Robert Hernandez, Video Production Specialist

Robert Hernandez, Video Production SpecialistRobert Hernandez joined the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team in June of 2008. Prior to that, Hernandez spent 17 years in broadcast news, with the last 14 years as a videographer at NBC 6 (WTVJ), where he won multiple Emmy awards along with a National Broadcast award. He has covered numerous national and international stories including the Oklahoma City bombing, the Pope's historic visit to Cuba, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and many others.

Hernandez has lived in South Florida for the past 28 years, graduating from Coral Park Senior High and Miami Dade College, and then going on to receive his bachelors degree in Radio Television Communications from the University of Central Florida.

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