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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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Lee Elder watches the flight of his ball as he tees off in the first round of play at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., on April 10, 1975. Elder broke racial barriers as the first Black golfer to play in the Masters and paved the way for Tiger Woods and others to follow. AP hide caption

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Flowers and candles surround a photograph of Heather Heyer on the spot where she was killed and 19 others injured when a car slammed into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski presents a closing argument to the jury during the trial of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan on Monday at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia. The three men are charged in the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Debris litters the street at a crime scene on Sunday in Waukesha, Wis., after a person in an SUV slammed into pedestrians at a Christmas parade. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images hide caption

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Defense attorney Jason B. Sheffield presents a closing argument to the jury during the trial of Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan, at the Glynn County Courthouse, on Monday, in Brunswick, Ga. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Travis McMichael testified in his murder trial in the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. He, along with his father, Greg McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, are charged in the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Stephen B. Morton/Pool / Getty Images hide caption

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Muhammad Aziz, center, stands outside the courthouse with members of his family after his conviction in the killing of Malcolm X was vacated on Thursday in New York. A Manhattan judge dismissed the convictions of Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, after prosecutors and the lawyers said a renewed investigation found new evidence that the men were not involved with the killing. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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