Rafael Romo is Senior Latin American Affairs Editor of CNN Worldwide. He is based out of Atlanta and reports to Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President of international newsgathering for CNN Worldwide. Romo is charged with tracking the top stories across Latin America for the global audiences of CNN across its multiple platforms.
A native of Mexico, Romo is an Emmy-award winning, bilingual journalist with 20 years of experience as an anchor, correspondent, manager of news coverage and journalism professor. He comes to CNN from Chicago, where he worked for CBS as general assignment reporter and as correspondent and anchor for Univision. He is fluent in Spanish and English and has reported in both languages throughout his career.
Since joining CNN in 2009 Rafael has covered various significant events such as the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. He also travelled to Jamaica to cover the violent riots after a manhunt for the alleged leader of a drug gang, to Peru to cover the arrest of Joran var der Sloot and to Brazil for coverage around the World Cup and of massive floods that left thousands of people homeless.
As part of Freedom Project, a CNN initiative focusing on ending modern-day slavery, Romo conducted a special investigation about the human trafficking of young girls from Mexico to the United States for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Romo has interviewed leaders such as Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Vicente Fox and has covered natural disasters such as Hurricane Mitch in Central America. Romo witnessed the last two visits of Pope John Paul II to Mexico and reported from within the community of San Salvador Atenco in the middle of an angry, machete-wielding mob fighting a governments decision to build an airport.
He held the post of Executive Producer at Univision Radio during the 2008 presidential elections. He also worked as international correspondent for the news magazine Aqui y Ahora where he reported on Mexicos 2009 flu pandemic.
Romo was recently inducted to the Alumni Hall of Fame at the Arizona State Universitys Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He started his career in Journalism in 1990 as a reporter for KPHX Radio 1480 AM in Phoenix, Arizona. Romo has a bachelors degree in Broadcasting from Arizona State University.
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