Mahlia is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she’s participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, held a video internship at The San Francisco Chronicle and interned at “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt.” She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, for her undergraduate degree she traveled to the other side of the country to study English and film at Howard University. While at Howard, she interned with the historic WHUT and also took a year off to serve as an AmeriCorps member to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Upward Bound program in order to inspire kids to reach higher. In her journalism career, Mahlia hopes to create compelling stories that change the narrative of minorities in mainstream media. She was the videographer for the "Crossing the Divide" fellowship with GroundTruth.