Vanessa Ramirez is a traffic reporter on Today in AZ, helping viewers start their mornings weekdays 4:30-7 a.m. She hosts the Today in AZ Facebook Live After Show at 7:30 a.m., and provides up-to-the-minute traffic reports throughout the show, as well as drive times in real-time on the AZ Speed Feed.
She is part of the team that won a 2018 Rocky Mountain Emmy for Best Morning Newscast. Vanessa joined 12 News in February 2017.
In addition to being a part of the 12 News team, Vanessa serves as the In-Game Host for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a role she’s held for the past 11 seasons. She also hosts Cox’s 4’s Su Vida, spotlighting the Hispanic community, culture, food, and lifestyle topics. Earlier in her career, Ramirez served as a midday radio personality on Mega 104.3.
After losing her father to non-smokers lung cancer in 2011, Vanessa founded the Frank Ramirez Breathe to Believe fundraising event. So far, she has raised more than $85,000 for cancer research, awareness and support.
She is also active with the American Cancer Society. An advocate of the American Cancer CAN group, Ramirez traveled to Washington D.C. to discuss cancer issues and bills with Congress, receiving the American Cancer Society’s Rising Star Woman of the Year Award for 2017. She is also a committee member of the American Cancer Society Arizona Chapter.
A Phoenix native, Vanessa grew up in the West Valley and graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Communications.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and exploring new restaurants and food festivals, and working out.