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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White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas made numerous political blunders during his brief tenure, including a lengthy interview with Russian state media that ran just days before the U.S. presidential election. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts. In an exclusive interview with NBC News' Lester Holt he said key agencies from the Trump administration are reaching out to facilitate the transition of power. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Ken Jennings, a 74-time champion of the popular quiz show, will be the first interim guest for the late Alex Trebek, and the show will try other guest hosts before naming a permanent replacement. Jeopardy! via AP hide caption

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured receiving a coronavirus test on Oct. 30, apologized to residents on Monday for attending a birthday party with too many guests. "I need to preach and practice, not just preach," he said. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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