Ana Cabrera

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ana Cabrera
Born (1982-05-13) May 13, 1982 (age 42)
EducationWashington State University (BA)
SpouseBenjamin Nielsen

Ana Cabrera (born May 13, 1982) is an American television journalist. From 2013 to 2022, she worked as a reporter and anchor for CNN.[1] She is currently at MSNBC as of April 2023.


Cabrera was raised in a Mexican-American family[2] in Denver and then graduated from Washington State University, where she was a standout athlete on the Washington State Cougars track and field team.[3][4] After school, she worked for NBC affiliate KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington.[5]

She returned to her hometown to work as the morning news anchor at KMGH-TV Channel 7 News in Denver where she earned an Emmy Award for in-the-field reporting as part of a news team covering the High Park fire in 2012.[1] The morning team was also awarded the Associated Press TV and Radio Association's Annual Mark Twain Award for Best Morning Show Broadcast in 2013.[1]

In 2013, Cabrera joined CNN as a correspondent in Denver. She served on the CNN Investigative team.[1] In March 2017, she was named anchor of CNN's weekend edition of CNN Newsroom, succeeding Poppy Harlow.[1] She covered stories including the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, the Unite the Right rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, immigration, marijuana legalization, and the 2017 London Bridge attack.[6] In May 2021, she began anchoring a one-hour weekday afternoon slot of CNN Newsroom.[7]

On December 1, 2022, it was reported that Cabrera was expected to leave the network and join NBC News.[8] Two weeks later, Cabrera confirmed the report stating, "My heart is full of gratitude for the incredible opportunities I've had at CNN to serve our viewers and to work alongside extraordinary journalists ... But after nearly a decade at CNN, I'm making the personal decision to explore a new professional chapter. Time to embrace new challenges and opportunities."[9] Her last broadcast on CNN aired on December 22.[10]

On April 10, 2023, Cabrera began as the anchor for the 10 a.m. hour block of MSNBC Reports.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Cabrera is married to Benjamin Nielsen; they have two children.[12]

A runner, she ran and completed the 2022 New York City Marathon in 2:57:11, finishing 525th out of 47,745 finishers overall.[13]

Cabrera is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and serves on the board of directors of Mi Casa Resource Center. She has also served on the board of the American Cancer Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ana Cabrera Named Anchor, CNN Newsroom" (Press release). CNN Press Room. March 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Hispanically Speaking News: "Hispanic Standout: Ana Cabrera CNN’S Newest Weekend Anchor" Archived June 18, 2018, at the Wayback Machine March 18, 2017
  3. ^ "Player Bio: Ana Cabrera :: Track". Washington State University Athletics. April 18, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  4. ^ Hispanic Horizons Magazine: "Ana Cabrera and Jessica Mendoza are Honored, and Now Ana is Covering the Trump Protesters in Denver" by Steve Randela September 3, 2016
  5. ^ CNN: "CNN Profiles – Ana Cabrera – Anchor
  6. ^ WSU: "WSU Murrow College Alumni Profile - Ana Cabrera"
  7. ^ Andy Meek. "'You Never Stop Learning': CNN's Ana Cabrera On Journalism, And Her New Weekday News Hour". Forbes. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  8. ^ Steinberg, Brian (December 1, 2022). "Ana Cabrera Expected to Jump to NBC News From CNN". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (December 15, 2022). "Ana Cabrera Confirms Exit From CNN". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  10. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (December 15, 2022). "CNN anchor Ana Cabrera announces exit, the latest to leave the network". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Welprin, Alex (April 5, 2023). "Former CNN Anchor Joins MSNBC, Launches New Morning Show". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  12. ^ "Ana Cabrera gives birth to daughter". CNN Commentary. January 5, 2016. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ana Cabrera 2022 NYC Marathon Data and Results at". Retrieved May 22, 2024.