Nick Valencia is a CNN correspondent based at the network's global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nick Valencia is a CNN correspondent based in the network's global headquarters in Atlanta. He regularly appears across HLN, CNN International and CNN en Español.
In 2017, Valencia traveled across the country and into Mexico for a series of in-depth reports on the lives of undocumented immigrants after President Donald Trump was elected. Later in the year, during CNN's hurricane coverage, he helped reunite a son with his father who he feared had died in the storm.
Valencia has extensively covered race-related issues in America, including a rash of police shootings across the country. He has reported from riots in Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Ferguson and Charlotte. Valencia was on-the-ground in places like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez during the height of Mexico's drug war. In 2015, he was the first American inside the tunnel used by drug kingpin El Chapo to escape a Mexican prison.
As a general assignment reporter, Valencia has covered everything from presidential elections and congressional races, to prisoners-of-war, including the return and sentencing of U.S. Army hostage Bowe Bergdahl. Over the years, he has reported from state legislatures across the country on controversial religious freedom bills, as well as the so-called Transgender Bathroom Bill in North Carolina. He's also been on the ground during multiple natural disasters, and covered terrorist attacks, including the Orlando Pulse night club shooting and the murder of nine people inside the historic Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
He started at CNN in 2006 as a teleprompter operator, traveling to Uganda as a one-man-band. Since then, he has been part of three Peabody Awards at CNN. In his five years as a CNN correspondent, he has twice been nominated by The Atlanta Press Club as "Broadcast TV Reporter of the Year." In 2013, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) awarded Valencia its inaugural "Sí Se Puede" Excellence in Leadership award. Also that year, The Huffington Post acknowledged him as one of the most influential Latino journalists in America. He was named one of the "Top 50 Latinos" to follow on Twitter.
A graduate of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, he is the former documentary filmmaker for the National Champion USC football team. Originally from Los Angeles, he currently lives in Atlanta, where from 2010-2014 he served as President of the local chapter for NAHJ.
You can follow his stories on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CNNValencia