A New York-native, Kristen Maldonado has always been captivated by the world of entertainment: whether it be on the stage or screen herself, or learning about what goes into an actor’s movie role or a musician’s hit song.
Kristen has worked at MTV for 5 years and is currently the Manager of Social Media for MTV’s TRL where she works on digital content and social media around the newly relaunched daily live show. Previously Kristen has grown from a production assistant to a coordinator to a manager across both MTV and MTV2 shows, working on series including Girl Code, Catfish, Faking It, True Life, the Teen Mom franchises, Awkward, Ridiculousness, and Wild ‘N Out, and tentpoles like the Movie Awards and Video Music Awards, just to name a few. She also hosted MTV’s All The Feels, an online recap show for Faking It featuring interviews with various cast members that give a deeper look into each episode of the show. Additionally, Kristen enjoys discussing pop culture, television, movies, and more on her YouTube channel.
What draws Kristen to entertainment journalism is the chance to learn more about the celebrities, television shows, movies, music, and books that she geeks out over, and then share that information with other passionate fans. She has a diverse journalistic background, having worked in radio, podcasts, writing, television, and online video, both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. Kristen has experience in covering red carpet events and film festivals, like Tribeca Film Festival. She has also had the pleasure of interviewing various celebrities, including Canadian singer-songwriter Fefe Dobson, Glee’s Dianna Agron, How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, actor Adrien Brody, and Orange Is The New Black’s Taylor Schilling, among others.
Before landing her job at MTV, Kristen interned for TheCelebrityCafe.com, celebrity blogger and TV personality Micah Jesse, News 12 Long Island, Marvel Entertainment, and Viacom, working on TeenNick.com and Nicktoons.com. She also wrote for Fan TV, an entertainment app that makes it easier for viewers to find and watch their favorite television shows and movies.