Vanessa Romo Vanessa Romo is a reporter for NPR's News Desk.
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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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The "performative activism" by Americans Jacob Hoyle and Curtis McDowald on Friday was the latest criticism over allowing a man accused of sexual assault to attend the Olympics. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption

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A Field Support Robot was used to retrieve rugby balls on day three of the Tokyo Olympics. Over the weekend, the robot will help during track and field events. Dan Mullan/Getty Images hide caption

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British gymnastics beat out Italy for the Olympic bronze on Tuesday, in a huge upset. The win represents the first team medal for Britain in the sport in nearly a century. Cao Can/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Nine families are involved in the lawsuit against now-bankrupt Remington Arms. They claim the gun-maker is liable for the deaths of six adults and 20 children as the manufacturer and marketer of the Bushmaster assault-style rifle used in the 2012 massacre. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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Megan Rapinoe says she uses a variety of CBD products as part of the "all-natural recovery system" that has become part of her daily routine. Michael Wyke/AP hide caption

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Tunisia's President Kais Saied leads a security meeting with members of the army and police forces in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday. Troops surrounded the parliament building and blocked its speaker Rached Ghannouchi from entering Monday after the president suspended the legislature and fired the prime minister following nationwide protests. Slim Abid/AP hide caption

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Frito-Lays workers at the Topeka, Kan., plant — one of 30 manufacturing plants the company operates in the U.S. — rejected a contract offer from the company earlier this month. They say they want better pay and working conditions. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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DACA counted some 636,000 active recipients — sometimes known as DREAMers — at the end of last year. Callaghan OHare/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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A new study says on average someone would have to earn $24.90 per hour to rent a modest two-bedroom home on no more than 30% of their pay. That's far more than the federal minimum wage. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Cubalex, a U.S.-based organization of human rights lawyers, estimates about 148 anti-government protesters have been arrested, detained or disappeared since Sunday. Eliana Aponte/AP hide caption

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The Boy Scouts of America has reached a settlement with scores of men who say they were abused while they were in scouting. The deal has been presented to a federal court hearing the Boy Scouts' bankruptcy case. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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