Journalists often become public personalities due to the nature of their work which requires them to cover public personalities and events, especially on TV or radio. But in October 2018, Cecilia Vega became extra popular when she became the victim of one of President Trump’s abrasive comments during a press conference when he declared that she doesn’t think.
It was a comment that drew criticism from fellow journalists and notable personalities in American media but ultimately sparked curiosity among those who weren’t familiar with the ABC News journalist, desiring to know who Cecilia Vega is and why the President would make such comments about her.
In this article, we answer those questions about who she is, including her background and career journey. Read on to learn more.
Biography of Cecilia Vega
Cecilia Vega was born on the 7th of January, 1977 in San Francisco, California. Much of her childhood background remains unknown, including her parents’ identity but she was raised in the Bay Area, where she began the journey that has led her to become one of America’s top journalists.
Her academic journey began at Salesian High School where she graduated in 1995 and she attended the American University School of Communication, graduating in 1999, before starting her professional journalism career at San Francisco Chronicle.
Cecilia Vega began her career in journalism writing for the San Francisco Chronicle before she ventured into broadcast journalism. Her journey in broadcast journalism began like most journalists in America, in a local affiliate station. She began working for an ABC network affiliate station, KGO-TV, which is based in San Francisco in 2009.
Cecilia’s time at the station lasted for three years, a period which she used in learning the ropes of the profession, and building her reputation as a talented journalist. During her time at the station, she covered a different range of stories in the San Francisco area, ranging from politics to business to sports, and the quality of her work shined through.
While many journalists would look back on their time at an affiliate station as a foundational period in their career, Cecilia’s excellence at KGO-TV was also a period in which she became a star when she was won an Emmy award for her coverage of a news story in 2010. Having peaked at the local level, it was time for Cecilia Vega to move on to the national level and she did so via her parent company, joining ABC News in 2011 as a Los Angeles based correspondent.
Out of Los Angeles, Cecilia Vega covered a range of national and international news stories, which sometimes took her on trips across the world, to Rome, Japan, and London where she covered global news stories like the selection of a new Pope, the Fukushima disaster and the Olympics.
Her career as a correspondent for ABC News has involved a number of interesting and fascinating incidents such as the election and inauguration of President Obama in 2012, the Ebola threats in the US, and the infamous hacking of Sony. Over the course of her career, the biggest and most interesting incident has been the personal insult that was directed to her by President Donald Trump in 2018.
On the 1st of October, 2018, during a press conference, she was a victim of the President’s abrasive nature when he said ‘I know You’re Not Thinking. You Never Do’, when she asked a question.
Apart from the disappointing moment in her career, Cecilia Vega has grown in skill since she joined ABC News, moving from being a correspondent to being an anchor on World News Tonight Saturday. She was an anchor for the network between 2015 and 2017, after which she became the network’s Senior White House Correspondent.
Net Worth and Salary
Having spent over eight years working for one of the top national news networks in the country, Cecilia Vega’s career has not only grown in prestige but also in financial wealth.
Working at the national level has resulted in her earning at the top half of the Journalism pay scale, which in her case, is a reported $360 thousand per year. With her salary, combined with other investments, she has been able to build an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Other Facts About Cecilia Vega
Other fascinating moments in Cecilia Vega’s career include petting whales in the Gulf of California, interviewing Sylvester Stallone and Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto. She also once rode in a submarine.
Her awards cabinet include awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, The New York Times, Hearst Corporation and a couple more others.
She has a body height of 5 feet 4 inches and weighs 50 kg.
She is married to Ricardo Jimenez, who is a California Highway Patrol Officer.