The Private life of Maurielle Lue

By Anitisia King

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When you see Maurielle Lue you can’t tell she’s still fighting the aftereffects of Covid, she’s still spot on and always smiling.

Covid has been very hard on her. Having caught the virus herself, reporting on the continued devastation of Covid took an emotional toll on her.

After a near death experience with Covid she found one positive effect. I asked what that was, she said “An improved dating scene! I think the isolation made people vulnerable and emotionally open which has led to great conversations, that was kind of cool.” Leave it to her to find the silver lining in this global tragedy. But that's who she is, always smiling and determined to find the good in every situation.

I remember when I first saw Maurielle Lue on Television. Two things immediately came to mind, who is this young black woman and she’s really good at her job.

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As time went on, she became my favorite newscaster. She reports the news responsibly and with great integrity, she’s compassionate and takes her position very seriously.

I recently got the chance to speak with her and the following is a bit our conversation.

Hello Maurielle Lue, thank you for your time. My first question is, are you from Detroit?

ML: No, I’m from Atlanta,

AK: What brought you to Detroit?

ML: Detroit is full of opportunities; Detroit has always been one of America’s great cities and it was just a matter of time before it came back. I wanted to be here to see that and help tell Detroit’s comeback story.


AK: At what point did you know you wanted to be a broadcast journalist?

ML: I was young, I realized I wanted to be like the ladies on the news, very young maybe 6 or 7.

My Dad and I would watch the news together and then discuss what we just watched, looking back, that was my foundation for the career I have now.

AK: Tell me about your first broadcasting job?

ML: My first on-air job happened when I was 15, anchoring and reporting for Brookwood Upclose, a syndicated series focusing on local events and issues impacting Atlanta’s youth.

AK: How was that experience? And what came next?

ML: It was amazing, I knew I was in the right place and doing my passion work. After that I produced a documentary on a local shelter for troubled youth.

AK: Is that the documentary you won your first major award for?

ML: Yes, I won my first international journalism award for that project.

After graduating with honors from Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication. Her first TV job was in West Virginia where she worked at the NBC station WVVA reporting, anchoring and producing.

She came into her own reporting on the Mass shooting at Virginia Tech. She was sharing the spotlight with people she once watched on television with her Dad. At that time, you could see Maurielle Lue was destined for greatness.

At age 23, she left the West Virginia market and went to a major market. The news director in Cleveland saw her tape and recognized her potential. He offered her a job. “He has been a mentor of mine ever since,” she says.

AK: How was Cleveland?

ML: I worked on some incredible stories, including the “Cleveland Strangler,” who was convicted of killing a dozen women and hiding their bodies inside his home.

I was also in Cleveland when Lebron James left Cleveland for Miami, fans were so angry they burned their No. 23 jerseys, my reports were featured on ESPN.

But my favorite memory from Cleveland was covering the first presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

The election of the first African American President covering that was an incredible experience for me, that also was the first political campaign I ever covered.

Marielle Lue has been in Detroit for nine years now and she’s easily one of the most influential anchors in this market, she has a loyal fan base and people trust her.

While this star continues to rise, everything hasn’t been perfect. In 2018 her friend and coworker Jessica Starr took her own life. I asked Maurielle Lue how that affected her.

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ML: The pain I felt was enormous, I felt a lot of guilt around not realizing my friend was hurting. I still have a hard time with to this day.

I keep in touch with her Mom and the ladies and I at the station wear a pin to honor her, she was a beautiful soul.

AK: We know your Covid story, how are you doing now?

ML: I’m still dealing with bouts of brain fog, but I’m getting better.

AK: When you were in the hospital the love and support you received caused the hospital to give you an alias, is that correct?

ML: Yes, the hospital gave me the alias “Sunflower." The outpouring of love was so touching. It really helped me get through some very hard days. I really needed and appreciated it, but it was a bit overwhelming for the hospital lol.

AK: So, what’s next for you?

ML: I plan to do more work to bring awareness to mental health care; I want to do more producing and reporting the news for the people of Detroit.

As an African American woman, she brings a unique voice to the anchor desk, coupled with her talent and drive her future is limitless. Still among the youngest anchors in the county we still haven’t seen the best of Maurielle Lue.

“I feel a responsibility to minority communities, we place higher expectations on our more visible members, I take that responsibility seriously and with great pride. I’m determined to make my family, my community and that little Black Girl at home that may be watching proud of me.”

You can watch Maurielle Lue daily on the Nine and every weekend of Fox 2 Detroit