Nicole Chavez is a breaking and trends writer on CNN’s Race and Equality team based in San Antonio, Texas.
Chavez reports about the role that people of color have in the nation’s biggest stories as well as how race relations and inequality impact their lives. She reported extensively about the aftermath of the 2019 Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas – the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern history. She covered how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted people of color since it’s early months and more recently, the surge of anti-Asian attacks across the United States.
Before joining CNN, Chavez was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman in the Texas capital, where she focused her reporting on public safety and covered Pope Francis’ first visit to Mexico.
Chavez started with CNN in 2017 reporting for the network’s digital platforms, focusing on breaking news, people behind the headlines and multicultural communities. She was part of the CNN team nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy in the “Outstanding Breaking News Coverage” category for “A Deadly Weekend in America,” covering the 2019 Walmart shooting in El Paso and a deadly shooting in Dayton, Ohio that happened on the same weekend. She appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources and Anderson Cooper 360 during the special coverage of the El Paso Walmart shooting.
Chavez is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has mentored a number of young journalists of color through various programs she is involved in. Chavez graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism and a Minor in Latin American and Border Studies. She is bilingual and has worked in both English and Spanish-language media outlets. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.