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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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Witness Bill Smock, a Louisville physician in forensic medicine, on Thursday dismissed the idea that fentanyl, which George Floyd was found to have consumed at some point before he died, could be blamed for his death. TV pool via AP hide caption

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Dr. Martin Tobin testifies Thursday in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Tobin told jurors that the way George Floyd was restrained effectively shut down his left lung. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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This undated photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office shows Bryan Riser. A judge on Wednesday, ordered the release of Riser, a former Dallas police officer who was arrested on capital murder charges for allegedly ordering two killings in 2017 after prosecutors agreed that they don't have enough evidence to move forward with the case. Dallas County Sheriff's Office/AP hide caption

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Breahna Giles, a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testified on Wednesday in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. AP hide caption

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Senior Special Agent James Reyerson of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testifies Wednesday at the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. pool via AP hide caption

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The Arkansas state legislature overrode Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of a bill on restricting gender-affirming health care for transgender youth. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Minneapolis Police Inspector Katie Blackwell told jurors on Monday that former officer Derek Chauvin's restraint of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, did not fit the department's training in defensive maneuvers. AP hide caption

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, pictured in 2019, on Monday said the bill banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth would set "new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people." Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, pictured in January, on Friday said the organization unwaveringly supports "fair access to voting." Kevin D. Liles/AP hide caption

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David Ploeger, a retired Minneapolis police sergeant who was Derek Chauvin's shift supervisor, on Thursday told the court that he wasn't informed of the officer's knee on George Floyd's neck until after he was in the hospital, or how long Chauvin had kept Floyd in that position. Court TV via AP hide caption

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Seth Bravinder, a paramedic who responded to the scene of George Floyd's death last year, testifies at the trial of then-officer Derek Chauvin on Thursday. Court TV via AP hide caption

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The victim, who has not been identified, told San Francisco police that Darrell Hunter "used a hand gesture to mimic a gun, and simulated shooting the occupants of the business." Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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