Marino is Diné (Navajo) and grew up in Gallup. His interest in journalism started with the now defunct radio station KQ93 FM.
Marino is an award-winning student reporter/editor with the New Mexico NewsPort, a student journalism lab featuring news reporting by students at UNM where he's studying journalism. He likes to cover tech and social and cultural issues. He's worked in A/V tech for 5 years in Albuquerque and enjoys making and listening to music in his free time.