Vanessa Ruiz is co-anchor for 12 News' First at 4, while also reporting on the stories that matter to those who live in the Valley of the Sun. Vanessa began her career in early 2001 as an assignment desk editor and later as associate producer for Telemundo Network’s national newscast. Just a few months into her career, September 11th happened, catapulting Vanessa onto an unforgettable and incredible career in broadcasting that continues to this day. She worked her way up, becoming Telemundo International’s youngest news anchor, bringing national and international news stories to the homes of 5 million + U.S .and Latin American viewers both in English & Spanish. Her interviews ranged from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to the presidents of Peru, Ecuador and El Salvador.
In 2005, she accepted the challenge of becoming a reporter for WSVN-FOX Miami, one of the most dynamic and innovative news stations in the country. There, Vanessa covered a wide range of stories, from the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, several hurricanes, the BP oil spill and Super Bowl XLI, among many others.
In 2011, she was recruited by TV Marti to anchor and report on issues impacting Cuba, the Caribbean and South America. While at TV Marti, Vanessa covered stories in Venezuela and Nicaragua, while anchoring the U.S. presidential elections in 2012.
In 2014, Los Angeles called, with Vanessa signing on with KNBC, covering a news market that spanned 41,000 square miles. There, she reported on all kinds of stories coming from the nation’s #2 news market, working at the station’s flagship morning show, “Today in L.A.”
Vanessa has been nominated for several Emmy’s, recognized by The Academy of Television of Arts and Science for special coverage of September 11th, has been awarded the David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting, while getting recognized as one of Florida’s leading Latino’s in journalism.
Vanessa was born in Miami, Florida. As a young child, she was taken to Colombia, South America, where she grew up with her grandparents, while her mother worked hard to provide for her family. Growing up, Vanessa saw first-hand the sacrifices and dedication it takes to achieve great things in life-lessons she always carries with her. After returning to Miami for a few years, Vanessa went to high school in Spain, an experience that taught her about the importance of learning from and accepting other cultures and their traditions.
She graduated with honors from Florida International University with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in International Relations.
From the hurricanes in Florida, to the impact terrorism has had in our world to seeing some of the worst-and best-humanity has to offer, Vanessa considers it a privilege and an honor to be able to communicate, interact and inform the people and viewers she serves.
Completely fluent in English and Spanish, she has been able to successfully navigate two worlds since birth-that of being a proud American while also recognizing and feeling blessed of her Latin heritage.
Vanessa is now proud to call Arizona home, a place where she can give back to the community and enjoy the beautiful terrain and nature the state has to offer.
Her motto in life is simple:
“Have courage. Be kind.”
She has a Yorkie-poo named Croqueta who she showers with love as much as possible!
She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, dancing, reading, spending time with family and friends and all different kinds of food!
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