Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, television host and occasional professional wrestler of Greek descent. She is known in the United States for her appearances as a TV correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for cohosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
Menounos was born in Medford, Massachusetts, to parents Costas and Litsa Menounos, who worked as janitors in a Boston nightclub. She has one younger brother, Peter. Menounos attended Bostons Emerson College, where she participated in the organization Emerson Independent Video. She graduated from Emerson in 2000.