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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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Author Jamil Jan Kochai and his former second-grade teacher, Susan Lung, were reunited after more than 20 years at a reading for the writer's second book, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, in Davis, California. Jamil Jan Kochai hide caption

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Carlie Brown (left) and Molly Pela exchange wedding vows as their friend, Julie Takahashi, officiates the ceremony. Both women said they rushed to get married after reading Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion in striking down Roe v. Wade, in which he suggested also overturning the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage. Carlie A. Brown hide caption

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Lawmakers gathered at the the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection for the dedication and unveiling ceremony of a statue in honor of Amelia Earhart, one of the world's most celebrated aviators and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, in Washington, Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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An Amelia Earhart statue joins the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall

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Brandi Carlile (right) introduces Joni Mitchell for a special Joni Jam at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park, R.I., on Sunday. Carlin Stiehl for Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Gretchen Van Ness, executive director of LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc, said the hateful messages were discovered early Sunday morning. LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc hide caption

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Ernest Robison said he began crafting a bronze sculpture of his deceased son for his "own comfort." But the resulting statue and the attention it has drawn have inspired Robison and his wife to launch a nonprofit that helps people obtain free or low-cost mobility equipment. Ability Found hide caption

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In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade last Friday, abortion-rights activists continue to fight against laws restricting access to abortion. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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John Hinckley Jr., pictured in November 2003, arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. As of Wednesday, President Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin is no longer under court-mandated legal or mental health supervision. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Coroner says he'll never be the same after being called to the Uvalde shooting scene

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Justice of the Peace Eulalio Diaz, Jr., was called to identify the bodies of the 21 victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary, last week. Vanessa Romo/NPR hide caption

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Celeste Ibarra and her daughter, Aubriella Melchor, who survived the mass shooting on Tuesday, prayed with members of the Journey Riders, Sons of God Motorcycle Club, including Adam Torres (far left) at Murphy USA gas station in Uvalde, Texas. Vanessa Romo/NPR hide caption

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Uvalde shooting survivors seek comfort anywhere, including in the arms of bikers

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