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Vanessa Romo is a dedicated reporter for NPR’s News Desk. Her journalistic portfolio encompasses a wide spectrum of breaking news, where she provides daily insights into critical subjects, ranging from immigration and the treatment of migrant children to a riveting war-crimes trial with a witness who claimed to be the actual killer. She’s even delved into stories as unique as a cat clinging to the hood of a car.
Prior to her role on the News Desk, Vanessa Romo’s reporting journey led her to the Washington Desk during the early months of the Trump Administration. Here, she covered culture and politics, exploring intriguing topics like the voting habits of the post-millennial generation, the ascent of Maxine Waters as a pop culture icon in her septuagenarian years, and the narratives of DACA quinceañeras amid Trump protests.
In 2016, she played a pivotal role in launching and producing The New York Times’ first political podcast, “The Run-Up,” alongside Michael Barbaro. Vanessa Romo’s dedication to journalism also led her to a Spencer Education Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. During this time, she began work on a compelling radio documentary about a pilot program in Los Angeles, teaching black and Latino students the art of code-switching.
Vanessa has undertaken extensive travels through the Member station world in California and Washington. Her role as an education reporter at Southern California Public Radio involved covering the region’s K-12 school districts and higher education institutions. Her hard work paid off with accolades, including the Education Writers Association’s first-place award and a Regional Edward R. Murrow for Hard News Reporting.
Before these achievements, she served as a business and labor reporter for Member station KNKX. In this capacity, she monitored global corporations such as Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, and Microsoft, bringing their stories to light.
A native of Los Angeles, Vanessa Romo is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, holding a degree in history. She furthered her education with a master’s degree in Journalism from NYU. Beyond her passion for journalism, Vanessa has a deep love for all things camaron-based.