Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022. 9:46 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Special Envoy for the development of families and children, Rossana Briceno features outstanding Belizean women making a difference in Belize every week.
Today’s spotlight is on the Chief Executive Officer of Great Belize Productions and Belize’s most loved news anchor and host, Marleni Cuellar.
Cuellar transitioned from her early years of advocacy for children with UNICEF and work with the Belize Red Cross to turning on her communication power as a media personality and now manager.
In 2006, Marleni joined the station’s flagship news program, News 5 Live, as a part-time anchor. Since then, she has become increasingly involved in several aspects of the company’s operations.
Marleni has worked as a talk show host, feature writer, special correspondent, and producer. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Great Belize Productions in February 2021.
Over the years, Marleni has won several regional awards, including the Best Health Journalism Award, Best Healthy Lifestyle Feature Award, Best Coverage of Disaster Risk Award, and Best Feature on Children and Youth Issues Award & even Best Sports Feature. She co-produced the company’s first reality TV show – The Belize Apprentice. The show earned a special mention by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union in 2013.
Marleni also produced the cooking show Great Belize Cooking, the annual children’s concert Summerfest, and an award-winning commercial spot.
Marleni also worked closely with the civil society organizations like SPEAR (Society for the promotion of education & research), which further cemented her commitment to being actively involved in Belize’s development.
Marleni has always been passionate about using communication as a tool to inform, educate, entertain, and engage Belizeans. She continues to advocate for women’s empowerment and youth & children development issues.
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