Nick Valencia is a CNN correspondent based at the network's global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nick Valencia is a CNN correspondent based out of the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
As a general assignment correspondent, Valencia has been on the frontline of some of the biggest breaking news stories. In 2015, his reports included coverage of the Baltimore riots after the death of Freddie Gray; the historic removal of the confederate flag from South Carolina's Capitol; and the prison escape of the world's most notorious drug trafficker Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, where Valencia was the first American to go inside the tunnel El Chapo used to break out of prison.
Since joining the network, Valencia has extensively covered Mexico's drug war. His reporting took him through a Mexican drug cartel bar in Tijuana, as well as Ciudad Juarez, which at the time was the deadliest city in the world. He has also contributed to CNN's Peabody Award winning coverage of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, and the Arab Spring in 2011.
Valencia is one of the 12 most influential young Latino journalists in America, according to the Huffington Post. In 2014, he was nominated as "Broadcast TV Reporter of the Year" by the Atlanta Press Club for his breaking news reporting. An active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and onetime Atlanta chapter president, he received its inaugural "Sí Se Puede Excellence in Leadership Award." In 2012, Valencia was named one of the "Top 50 Latinos" in the world to follow on Twitter.
Valencia is fluent in both English and Spanish and also reports for CNN en Español, CNN International and HLN.
A graduate of the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, he is the former documentary filmmaker for the National Champion USC football team.
You can find him on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter @CNNValencia