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Vanessa Romo is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She covers breaking news on a wide range of topics, weighing in daily on everything from immigration and the treatment of migrant children, to a war-crimes trial where a witness claimed he was the actual killer, to an alleged sex cult. She has also covered the occasional cat-clinging-to-the-hood-of-a-car story.

Before her stint on the News Desk, Romo spent the early months of the Trump Administration on the Washington Desk covering stories about culture and politics – the voting habits of the post-millennial generation, the rise of Maxine Waters as a septuagenarian pop culture icon and DACA quinceañeras as Trump protests.

In 2016, she was at the core of the team that launched and produced The New York Times' first political podcast, The Run-Up with Michael Barbaro. Prior to that, Romo was a Spencer Education Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism where she began working on a radio documentary about a pilot program in Los Angeles teaching black and Latino students to code switch.

Romo has also traveled extensively through the Member station world in California and Washington. As the education reporter at Southern California Public Radio, she covered the region's K-12 school districts and higher education institutions and won the Education Writers Association first place award as well as a Regional Edward R. Murrow for Hard News Reporting.

Before that, she covered business and labor for Member station KNKX, keeping an eye on global companies including Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft.

A Los Angeles native, she is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where she received a degree in history. She also earned a master's degree in Journalism from NYU. She loves all things camaron-based.

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"We're tracking it. We're following it as closely as we can. It's just a little too soon right now to know where it's going to go or what if anything can be done about that," a U.S. Space Command spokesman told reporters. Guo Wenbin/AP hide caption

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Flowers, balloons and a poster with the Spanish word for "justice" is part of a growing makeshift memorial for Keishla Rodriguez whose lifeless body was found in a lagoon Saturday, at the entrance of where she lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Carlos Giusti/AP hide caption

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A mobile phone customer in Los Angeles looks at an earthquake warning application on an iPhone. An earthquake early warning system operated by the U.S. Geological Survey has been activated in Oregon, California and now Washington. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter on April 20 in the 2020 death of George Floyd. Minnesota Department of Corrections/AP hide caption

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Puerto Rican boxer Felix Verdejo, seen posing before a fight in 2016, allegedly punched his 27-year-old lover in the face, drugged her, then restrained her arms and legs before shooting her and dumping her into a river. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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"Receiving a vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19 is a key step people can take to protect themselves, their friends and family, and our campus communities while helping bring the pandemic to an end," said Dr. Michael Drake, president of the University of California. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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UC And Cal State Systems To Require COVID-19 Vaccinations For In-Person Fall Classes

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People clash with police during a protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday. A human rights group that monitors political repression said at least 1,700 people were arrested across the country in connection with the protests. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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Philonise Floyd (left) and attorney Ben Crump react after a guilty verdict was announced at the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of Floyd's brother George Floyd Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, here in September, praised the witnesses and jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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People gather outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Tuesday before the jury's decision returning guilty verdicts against former police officer Derek Chauvin. Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former President Jimmy Carter appeared together in 2018, marking Mondale's 90th birthday. Star Tribune via Getty Images hide caption

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale Dies At 93

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The U.S. Department of State will add a slew of countries to its "Do Not Travel List" later this week because of coronavirus danger. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell gives the state's rebuttal Monday during closing arguments to the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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