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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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U.S. Intelligence: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Operation To Kill Jamal Khashoggi

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Shattered glass is on the ground following a rocket attack in Irbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on Feb. 15. On Thursday, the U.S. launched airstrikes targeting Iranian-backed groups in eastern Syria in response to recent attacks against Americans in Iraq. Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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United Airlines Flight 328 approaching Denver International Airport, after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver. The FAA issued an order on Tuesday grounding all aircraft powered by the same Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engine until they've been inspected. Hayden Smith/AP hide caption

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Signs calling for "Justice for Daniel Prude" were plastered to the exterior walls of City Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 8, the seventh consecutive night of protests following the release of bodycam footage showing the March arrest that preceded his death. Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images hide caption

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A vehicle rests on its side after a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods along a road in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles County on Tuesday. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and underwent surgery, authorities and his agent said. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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The bill, which was signed on Thursday, would prohibit abortion as soon as cardiac activity can be detected with an ultrasound, except in cases of rape, incest or when a mother's life is in danger. Jeffrey Collins/AP hide caption

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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he initially believed he'd hit a deer the night of the crash. It wasn't until the next day, when he drove back to the scene of the incident, that he discovered the body of 55-year-old Joe Boever, whom he'd fatally struck. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported on Wednesday that 332 local water systems across the state, 276 issued boil-water notices to make tap water safe to drink. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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A man walks his dog downtown after a snowstorm this week in Fort Worth, Texas. The winter storm has brought historic cold weather and power outages to more than two dozen states, with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images hide caption

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