Maria Menounos was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts.

Menounos is a through-and-through Greek,1 the daughter of first-generation immigrants.2 She has spoken about how connected she is with her family and their cultural traditions,3 so it’s natural that she has retained her adherence to the Greek Orthodox faith.4 And as a child, she attended the┬áDormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts.5

She appears to be at least marginally religious. Her Twitter feed contains the occasional “God bless” and “Pray for” so and so.6 For example, when a family member was in the hospital, Menounos tweeted:

Big hug from the hospital!!! …geno…my prayers are with u-stay strong. God bless7

Her father, a diabetic, has had more than a few health scares. Menounos recounted one particularly scary incident when she and her family thought it was the end, but her father recovered, saying:

I was ready to die and stay there. But God told me I still had a lot more work to do.8

So, it appears her family (and thus Menounos herself) are faithful members of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Toeing the line of journalistic integrity

Menounos is a journalist–of sorts–and attempts to stay unbiased. There are no official endorsements or campaign contributions from the Menounos camp, however, she seems to show her affinity to the liberal/Democrat side of things more than others of her ilk.┬áMenounos is, to this day, the only journalist to have interviewed the Obama family in its entirety–kids and all.9 The interview took place before Obama was elected in 2008 and some say Menounos’ portrayal of the Obamas as regular, everyday Americans went a long way in getting him elected, though Obama said he regretted doing the interview for the sake of his kids.10 But Menounos was happy about it, saying:

When I met them, my overwhelming feeling was, ‘This could be my family.’ This could be any one of our families. They were so grounded and normal and down to earth, that’s what stuck with me the most.11

Plus, check out this photo of her at Mitt Romney’s 2012 concession speech. She doesn’t look disappointed that Romney lost. And she tweets supportive things from Obama, such as this retweet from the Huffington Post:

Pres. Obama: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law…”12

Beyond that, Menounos hosts a TV show highlighting the environmentally-friendly exploits of Hollywood celebrities,13 which seems like an endorsement of the liberal, “green” worldview to me.

Ultimately, without explicitly saying it, Menounos appears to be left of center. What do you guys think?

  1. Maria Menounos – Biography. IMDb. []
  2. Connected with Family. Guideposts. []
  3. Connected with Family. Guideposts. []
  4. Celebrity Religion – Greek Orthodox (Celebrities): M. Who’s Dated Who. []
  5. Maria Menounos is glowing in Greece as she celebrates a friend’s birthday with her family. Daily Mail. []
  6. maria menounos (mariamenounos) on Twitter. Twitter. []
  7. maria menounos (mariamenounos) on Twitter. Twitter. []
  8. Connected with Family. Guideposts. []
  9. Access Exclusive: Maria Menounos & The Obama Family, Pt. 1. Access Hollywood. []
  10. Maria Menounos Reflects on the Obama Family Interview. Boston. []
  11. Maria Menounos Says Criticism Over Obama Family Interview Was Due To Jealousy. Fox News. []
  12. maria menounos (mariamenounos) on Twitter. Twitter. []
  13. Green Celebrities – Alicia Silverstone Gloria Reuben Maria Menounos. The Daily Green. []