Cecilia Vega Is Breaking Barriers As a Latina in Journalism

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At a time when representation and plurality of voices are more urgent than ever, the arrival of Latina journalist Cecilia Vega in Washington is a game-changer.

In recent years, and in the midst of one of the darkest episodes in U.S. politics, it was precisely women journalists who fought the battle against disinformation.

For Emmy Award-winning ABC News anchor Cecilia Vega, these past four years were the training preview for her new professional chapter as the network’s chief White House correspondent.

Vega has covered President Donald Trump since his first press conference after winning the 2016 election. Since then, she has been one of the best-known faces in media coverage of national politics.

With no mincing words and top-notch professionalism, Cecilia Vega has been an indispensable voice in the most important moments of the past few years, including two Supreme Court nominations, the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Mueller report, and more.

For the past several months, Vega has been on the trail of family separation and the former administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the journalist has broken barriers by becoming the first Latina chief White House correspondent for a major English-language news network.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in, to be honest. I think my real takeaway is it’s great to be the first; you just can’t be the last,” Vega told ABC7 News Race and Culture Reporter Julian Glover.

Her appointment comes at a time when women lead White House coverage for several of the nation’s largest news outlets, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and PBS.

“There are a lot of times I can remember in the last four years in this White House looking around the briefing room, feeling like the only one. I just hope that that’s one of the last times that anybody covering the White House has to feel that way,” Vega said.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Vega is the daughter of blue-collar immigrants. She graduated from Salesian High School and was the first in her immediate family to graduate from college.

Before joining ABC News in 2011, Vega worked at ABC7 News as a general assignment reporter. Prior to that, she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Before covering the Trump administration, she logged more than 239,000 miles and spent more than 500 days on the campaign trail covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid while anchoring the Saturday edition of “World News Tonight.”

Her work can be seen across all ABC News platforms, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” and “20/20.”

She has currently relocated to Washington for her new role and lives with her husband Ricardo and their Boston Terrier, Jalisco.