I'm Juana. I'm a Baltimore-based journalist currently working as a national political reporter for the Associated Press in the Washington D.C. bureau. I’m covering the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
This is my third presidential campaign. Before joining the AP, I worked at CNN where I launched the CNN Politics app, which focused on telling political stories using data, and guiding the editorial strategy through the inauguration. I also reported on federal agencies and ethics issues in the Trump administration, and frequently appeared on CNN’s domestic and international news shows.
I also just completed a semester as a fellow at Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service, where I led a discussion group on the intersection of race and politics.
Before joining CNN, I was the Political Editor at Mashable, where I overhauled the site's coverage of US politics across all platforms. I managed a team of reporters covering Congress, the White House and the 2016 presidential race. I got my start in Washington D.C. as a reporter at POLITICO covering the 2012 presidential race, including the sexual harassment scandal that felled Herman Cain's presidential career. I've also covered Congress, defense and veterans issues for POLITICO and NPR.
I grew up in Kansas City, studied journalism at the University of Missouri and one day hope to open my own brewery. When I'm not in a newsroom, you can find me teaching barre classes or exploring any city's food and craft beverage scene.