Maria Areyan is a native Venezuelan residing in Alexandria, Virginia. News, politics, and listening to the radio every morning has been her routine since she was a little girl. Surrounded by current events, she grew up in a country where freedom of speech has been destroyed. At 8 years old, she watched the most beloved and popular TV network, Radio Caracas Television, get shut down for speaking out the truth about her country’s corrupt government. Since then her mission has been to speak the truth and spread justice throughout the most important form of communication: the press. Besides being a developing journalist, she loves to spend time discovering new music and TV shows. Maria is fluent in both Spanish and English, and she is currently learning German.