Marianna Kheyfets


Marianna is a retired kickboxer and pro MMA fighter, known as “The Crushen Russian”.

Marianna has an eye for telling a story from a raw angle. She’s been covering the scorching hot Southeast region where there's always something going on!

She was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of three. Marianna grew up in Connecticut but always felt her best in the tropics. She chose to attend the University of Miami where she received her degree in Video Film/Communications.

After college she jumped right into working in both network and cable television. She’s been a producer, writer and editor for networks such as A&E, Ion Televison, Poker Central and Untamed Sports.

Marianna is a huge animal lover and a devoted dog mom (to a Pitbull named Vixen). In her spare time you can catch her at the beach, on a boat, exploring the outdoors and traveling.

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