Cecilia Vega

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Cecilia Vega
Born (1977-01-07) January 7, 1977 (age 42)
ShowABC World News Tonight
NetworkABC News
CountryUnited States

Cecilia Marcellina Vega (born January 7, 1977) is an American journalist, currently serving as senior White House correspondent for ABC News. She joined the network in 2011 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Prior to her White House assignment, she had rotated with Tom Llamas as anchor of the weekend editions of ABC World News Tonight.[1] Vega joined ABC News from KGO-TV in San Francisco, where she was part of a team awarded an Emmy in 2010. Before working in broadcast journalism, she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Television career[edit]


Vega reported for the ABC network affiliate station KGO in San Francisco covering a wide variety of stories for the region during her three years with the station.[2]

ABC News[edit]

Vega joined ABC News in 2011 as a correspondent based in Los Angeles.[3][4] During her time as a correspondent Vega covered a wide range of stories which took her around the world. These assignments included traveling to Japan, Rome and London covering the Fukushima power plant disaster, selection of a new Pope and the Olympics. She has taken a submarine to the bottom of the Arctic and petted whales in the Gulf of California. From Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto to Sylvester Stallone Vega has interviewed a variety of major newsmakers. In 2012, Vega covered the elections and inauguration of President Barack Obama.[5] Other major national stories Vega covered include Ebola cases in the United States, the 2014 midterm election,[6] the Sony computer hacking and fallout and allegations against Bill Cosby.[2]

On March 2, 2015, she was named anchor of ABC News' World News Tonight Saturday.[7] She held that role until January 2017, at which time she was named senior White House correspondent.

On October 1, 2018, Vega received widespread media attention when she was insulted by US President Donald Trump while he called on her to ask him questions at a press conference.[8]


Vega is the recipient of many awards, including a local Emmy in 2010.[9] She received awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the East Bay Press Club, the Hearst Corporation and The New York Times.

Personal life[edit]

Vega was a member of the class of 1995 at Salesian High School in Richmond, California,[10] and of the class of 1999 at the American University School of Communication.[11] She is married to California Highway Patrol officer Ricardo Jiménez.[12]


  1. ^ ABC News. "ABC News Announces Cecilia Vega & Tom Llamas as "World News Tonight" Weekend Anchors". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  2. ^ a b "Cecilia Vega". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  3. ^ "KGO's Cecilia Vega Named ABC News Correspondent". Adweek.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ "Cecilia Vega Named ABC News Correspondent". Adweek.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  5. ^ "Presidential Election 2012 TV Coverage — Network-By-Network Plans - Deadline". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  6. ^ "ABC News". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  7. ^ Jordan Chariton (2015-03-02). "ABC News Names Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas 'World News Tonight' Weekend Anchors". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  8. ^ Hafner, Josh (October 1, 2018). "Trump insults female reporter: 'You're not thinking. You never do'". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "39th Annual Northern California Area EMMY Awards 2009-2010" (PDF). Emmysf.tv. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  10. ^ "Media Mania", Salesian Magazine, Winter 2015, p. 2.
  11. ^ "SOC Alumna Reports Breaking News for ABC", American University, April 90, 2015.
  12. ^ Williams, Kale (June 11, 2015). "CHP officer honored for dangerous Bay Bridge rescue". San Francisco Chronicle.