"I have held her standards and creative eye as a measure of my own work and other journalists with whom I have worked. She is the best."
-Shepard Smith, FOX News
"Her skill at finding and bringing the big stories to life is invaluable and the reason WSVN won so many awards and scored higher ratings."
- Joel Cheatwood, Former News Director WSVN Miami
"Marilyn helped our team achieve victory. She sets high standards for herself and those who work with her."
- Kevin Moley, United States Ambassador/Director of Advance for Vice President George Bush's 1988 Presidential Campaign
-Health Specialist "INTO TOMORROW" With Dave Graveline Nationally Syndicated Radio
-CEO, CODE RED PRODUCTIONS
Marilyn matters most in making a difference in people's lives. Former News Anchor, Medical and Investigative Reporter for WSVN Miami, she began her broadcasting career in Bismarck, North Dakota at KFYR-TV AM/FM as a general assignment reporter. Soon she was promoted to anchor. After nearly three years in North Dakota she jumped to WRTV in Indianapolis. Medical reporting became her special calling even from her career beginnings and winning awards for her stories her mantel: receiving the United Press International first-place award for her special report on kidney transplants; and a first-place award from the Associated Press for a news series examining the plight of the facially disfigured. This series of reports also earned her the prestigious CASPER Award from the Indiana State Medical Association.
After breaking the Ryan White story, Marilyn moved to WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. where several of her medical stories are archived at the National Library of Congress. She then took a break from the broadcast industry and entered the world of politics at its highest level, serving with the White House Press Advance Corps under the first Bush Administration. She worked under the Director of Communication, Roger Ailes, Now President Of Fox News. Miss Mitzel declined an opportunity to join the White House Staff to rejoin the private sector.
During her career she has interviewed five U.S. Presidents.
Leaving the White House, she reentered the world of broadcasting joining WSVN in Miami as a health reporter and news anchor. She received an Emmy Award for her half-hour special, "A Matter of Life and Death," and an Emmy nomination for her series, "Hope Never Dies." The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association presented Mitzel with the Consumer Awareness Media Award for her insightful reporting of topical health and safety information. She was named one of South Florida's "UP AND COMERS" by Price Waterhouse and Medical Communicator of the Year by the Dade County Medical Association. She also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Associated Press, and Special Recognition Awards from the American Heart Association, Florida and Broward Dietetic Associations, and the South Florida Diabetes Foundation.
Marilyn continues to make a difference as a spokesperson for the healthcare industry. She produces and distributes medical and health segments to the national media. A communication specialist, she does video productions and media training for medical, legal and business professionals. In addition she serves as a crisis management consultant.
A native of North Dakota, Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications. She attended Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She continued her education working on her Masters in Journalism at Butler University in Indianapolis. She currently resides in Miami, Florida and is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University.