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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Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver, pictured in 2019, was suspended last week by the NBA and fined $10 million after an investigation found that he had engaged in what the league called "workplace misconduct and organizational deficiencies." On Wednesday, Sarver announced he plans to sell the teams. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Department of Justice said 47 people devised and carried out a massive scheme to defraud the Federal Child Nutrition Program out of $250 million. Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, has damaged reservoirs and water filtration plants. Puerto Rico's only water agency is scrambling to restore services, but officials say they're waiting for flooded rivers to subside. Alejandro Granadillo/AP hide caption

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Pieper Lewis, left, speaks with Polk County District Judge David M. Porter during her sentencing hearing on Sept. 13. Donations are pouring in to help Lewis, a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim who was ordered by the court to pay $150,000 to the family of a man she stabbed to death after he raped her. Zach Boyden-Holmes/AP hide caption

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Harri Hursti told NPR he's been instructed not to open the box containing the Dominion ImageCast X machine that he bought on eBay for $1,200. Harri Hursti hide caption

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The 84-year-old actor said in an Instagram post Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has begun a six-month course of chemotherapy. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Country music legend Dolly Parton, pictured here in March, announced the launch of "Doggy Parton" on Wednesday. The collection includes pet apparel and accessories, some featuring the singer's face. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ACM hide caption

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Mary Znidarsic-Nicosia and her husband Nicholas Nicosia, pictured at their press conference in Rochester, NY, on Tuesday. The two deny allegations of racism and now blame "cancel culture" for the backlash they have faced after throwing an allegedly bigoted party. Screenshot by NPR/T Davis hide caption

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Gold miners discovered the mummified Steppe Bison now called "Blue Babe." Researchers believe it is more than 55,000 years old. Unfortunately, radiocarbon dating tools can't measure any further back that. University of Alaska Museum of the North hide caption

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