Maria Menounos is an entertainment reporter, television personality, actress, and businesswoman. She has hosted Extra and E! News, and served as a TV correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, and co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece. She is currently signed to WWE where she has served as an ambassador since 2013.

Maria Menounos was born on June 8, 1978, in Medford, Massachusetts.  She is of Greek ancestry, daughter of Greek parents Costas and Litsa Menounos, and speaks Greek fluently.

In 1995, Menounos began to enroll in beauty pageants. The following year, she won the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. She enrolled at Boston’s Emerson College. During her senior year, she was hired as a reporter for Channel One News, known as the top news source for American students. Her work for Channel One’s 10-minute segments included traveling to El Salvador to report on the earthquake of 2001 and interviewing President George W. Bush.

“It meant so much to him for us to be connected to our heritage, to know the language and the traditions.

Both my parents wanted that.”

Is Maria Menounos Greek?

Yes, Maria is of Greek heritage. Both of her parents are Greek.

In her own words, talking about her wedding in Greece in October of 2018 (Akovos, Arkadia):

Love my dad so much. This was a dream for him. He was born and raised in Akovos. Though he’s the proudest American you will find, he is also equally proud of his roots…

Growing up we saved all the spare change we found on the nightclub floors we cleaned in Boston to save up and visit Greece. It meant so much to him for us to be connected to our heritage, to know the language and the traditions. Both my parents wanted that.

It took years but finally, we visited in 1988 when I was 10. I loved it. We spent almost a month in Akovos and it always held a special place in my heart. Returning to get married there was my wildest dream come true. All of our friends and family helped make it truly the most special moment of all our lives.

Maria Menounos speaks about her heritage, and also speaks Greek: