Marisabel Rodríguez Oropeza (born 23 November 1964) is a Venezuelan journalist, publicist and radio announcer. She is best known for having been the second wife of current Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.
Rodríguez was born in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela, South America.
In 1999, Rodríguez was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly, in the process which wrote the present constitution of Venezuela. She was elected with the second highest margin in the elections. She was then elected president of the Constituent Social Rights Commission and president of Fundación del Niño, a state-funded organization that works helping and supporting children throughout the country. For almost two decades, Marisabel has been working in the area of social communications, especially public relations and as editor of the social section of El Impulso, one of the most important journals in midwest Venezuela.
Rodríguez is an announcer and radio producer. She produced a magazine for children, "El Club de los Exploradores". She has anchored for television stations including Telecentro and Niños Cantores Televisión in her hometown of Barquisimeto. She has also produced the informative radio program "Líder en la Noticia".
In 2007, she publicly denounced the constitutional reforms proposed by her ex-husband, Hugo Chávez Frías, the president of Venezuela
In 2008 Chavez supporters denounced a supposed plan to kill Rodriguez in order to create national outrage in Venezuela and destabilize the Chavez regime. A delegate from the government party named Gerson Pérez accused parliament members Luis Tascón and Ismael García, along a supposed paramilitaries and American-looking people in a "secret reunion". Pérez accused Tascón of being a counterrevolutionary and a traitor. Tascón defended himself from the accusations and said that he was being unjustly accused because of his recent denunciation of corruption in the Chávez regime.