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Emmy Award-winning journalist Mara Schiavocampo is a correspondent for NBC News, filing reports for all platforms, including Nightly News, The TODAY Show, msnbc and NBCNews.com. A pioneer of new media journalism, Mara is the first reporter of her kind in network television, traveling the world producing, shooting, reporting and editing video pieces, blogging and shooting still photos.

While at NBC News, Mara has also worked as a Special Correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, filing international reports and appearing as an on-set guest, and as a contributor to “Essence Magazine”, writing in-depth feature articles on stories of interest to the African American community.

Before joining NBC News Mara worked as an international contributor and commentator for numerous news outlets and websites, including ABC News, Current TV, Yahoo!, NPR, Ebony magazine, UPTOWN magazine and more. She has covered nearly every major news story of the last five years, including the Gulf oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the 2008 presidential election.

Mara has received numerous accolades and awards: Marie Claire magazine’s Women on Top Award for Media (2010); Emmy Award as part of the team behind NBC News’ Election 2008 coverage (2009); Named to Television Week's list of the "next generation of television news stars" (2008); National Association of Black Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year (2007), the only broadcast journalist ever to win this prestigious award; NYABJ Spot News Award for coverage of Haiti riots (2009); seven Telly Awards, including the highest honor of a Silver Telly for an investigative report on NY's black market for cigarettes (2008); NY State Broadcasters Association Award for Outstanding Hard News for an investigative report on Army recruiting fraud (2006).

Mara has an extensive multi-cultural background. She holds dual Italian American citizenship and has traveled throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa, and resided for a time in Somalia, Italy and the Philippines. Mara speaks fluent Italian, functional Spanish and French, and some Arabic.

Before becoming an independent video journalist, Mara worked as a producer at ABC News headquarters in New York. She was part of the team behind ABC’s newest endeavor, ABC News Now, a 24-hour digital cable and Internet news channel. Prior to ABC News, Mara worked as an anchor and reporter for CBS News on mtvU (University), also filing reports for CBS Newspath and BET Nightly News. Mara received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland. She attended the school on a full graduate fellowship and completed her studies with a perfect grade point average.

Mara is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in Harlem with her husband. They have a cat and two dogs, all rescue animals.

Video: No to nicotine: Smoker, 2, calls it quits

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    >>> smoking cigarettes. mara has details on that.

    >> though he can barely speak, he knows how to ask for cigarettes. when news of this smoking habit broke, government officials rushed to help. unfortunately he's not that country's only child smoker struggling with addiction. while this may look like home video of child play, it's anything but fun and games . this 2-year-old is in addiction rehab in jakarta, indonesia and if he looks familiar, there's a reason. this spring he became a viral video sensation when clips of him chain smoking hit the web. the jovial toddler started puppingpup i puffing away at only 11 months old.

    >> the first day he smoked half a pack.

    >> within five months, he was up to four packs a day.

    >> i was confused, how could my child be smoking? he was still a little boy .

    >> i didn't know how to make him stop.

    >> reporter: turns out he needed professional help. embarrassed local government officials stepped in, flyi iing him to jakarta, there he wept through five weeks of intensive treatment with the national commission for child protection , tobacco rehab for a 2-year-old. he quit cold turkey and received daily play therapy trading tobacco for toys.

    >> i'm really happy, i'm so excited. my child behaves like other kids.

    >> reporter: he's rediscovering his childhood, but for so many other indonesian kids who haven't become internet sensations, theirs is going up in smoke. the government here estimates 25% of indonesian children over the age of 3 have tried cigarettes and more than 3% are regular smokers. i feel good when i smoke, says this 9-year-old, he started last year when a friend gave him a cigarette. for some, it's a family affair. this 5-year-old kindergartner, his smoking buddy, mom. indonesia is the world's third largest tobacco consumer and kids have no trouble finding a fix.

    >> we're going to give her money, send her into the store and see if she can buy cigarettes and she will not be smoking or keeping any of them. less than three minutes later, she returned, cigarettes in hand. in many ways, indonesia is a haven for cigarette companies. there are virtually no restrictions on tobacco advertising whether it's tv or in print. and sometimes it seems like the marketing is almost targeted toward children. and then there's the sponsorships. tobacco companies fund hundreds of events each year, including concerts like the recent one featuring smashing pumpkins and sporting events . the biggest player in indonesia , american company philip morris .

    >> does the company take responsibility for the problem?

    >> i don't know how we can, where we can come in is by advocating much stronger regulations.

    >> reporter: the company has been pushing for new laws for five years.

    >> we don't want kids to smoke.

    >> reporter: yet they are, and can't seem to quit if you want to stop, why don't you? later he says, tomorrow. and even after five weeks of treatment, aldie struggles with kicking the habit.

    >> he still asks me for cigarettes, he'll say, mom, i want a cigarette.

    >> reporter: one of indonesia 's many small children battling a big addiction. now, matt, these are some of the packs of cigarettes that we found in indonesia and packaging like this would be illegal in the u.s. the indonesian government is doing some things to fight smoking, they called for an expansion of smoke free zones, restriction of cigarette ads. but more than a year later, none of those measures has been implemented.

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