Leyla Santiago Biography
Leyla Santiago is a Mexican-American Emmy award-winning News/Reporter and Correspondent working for CNN. She has been working with the network since October 2016.
Leyla Santiago Age
Santiago is 42 years old as of 2022. She was born on July 12, 1980, in Mexico.
Leyla Santiago Height
Santiago stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Leyla Santiago Family
Santiago was born and raised by her parents whose names are unknown. She was brought up alongside her twin siblings a brother and a sister whose names are also unknown.
Leyla Santiago Husband
Santiago is married to Zac Gooch, a videographer based in Mexico City. They first met in Raleigh, North Carolina when Santiago was serving at an NBC affiliate, WRAL-TV. The couple traveled to Cuba to explore the changing relationship between America and the island nation. The trip yielded an award-winning documentary called Iside Cuba.
Leyla Santiago’s Net Worth
Santiago has an estimated net worth of between $500,000-$900,000which she has earned through her successful career as a News/Reporter and Correspondent.
Leyla Santiago Salary
She earns an annual salary ranging from $50,000 – $ 100,000.
Leyla Santiago Education
Santiago enrolled at Florida Campus, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
Leyla Santiago Career
Santiago works for CNN based in Miami, serving as a correspondent. Previously, she was based in Mexico City and Washington, D.C. Her coverage on CNN includes the Covid-19 pandemic, politics,f natural disasters, immigration, and the relationship between the United States and Latin America. Additionally, Leyla was nominated for a Peabody Award and her team won an Edward R. Murrow award. After the coverage of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Moreover, she was one of the first to reach some of the most remote parts of the island after the hurricane. Officials added more cases to the list of hurricane-related deaths after her investigation exposed inaccuracies in the government’s low death toll.
In addition to that, Santiago was the first journalist to broadcast live from Sanibel Island during the coverage of Hurricane Ian in Florida. Furthermore, her reports gave voice to devastated low-income communities and brought light to the aftermath of the hurricane. She also joined CNN’s political team to report from the campaign trail in 2020.
Moreover, Lyla covered Senator Elizabeth Warren and the presidential bids of Congressman Beto O’Rourke. She also focused on the issues that mattered most to communities across the country. Additionally, Lyla also captured the campaigns’ courtship of voters.
Leyla Santiago Mexico
Lyla spent almost a month traveling through Mexico in April 2018, with a caravan of migrants thrust into the national spotlight after President Trump tweeted about the group. She also explained the complexities of U.S. immigration laws and introduced viewers to the families of the caravan.
On top of that, Santiago has received the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont award for the documentary, “The Journey Alone.”That is about the surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico crossing the U.S. southern border in 2014. In addition to that, in 2019, she was named to Crain’s NewsPro’s 12 to Watch in TV News.
Prior to joining CNN, Santiago reported for WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, serving as an anchor. Before that, she was a reporter for KBAK/KBFX in Bakersfield, California. Moreover, Santiago spent one year working for KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska, serving as a reporter.
Lyla came to KTUU from NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she served as a reporter. Santiago began her career as an Assignment Editor for WCJB TV20 in Gainesville, Florida, United States from April 2005-March 2006.
Leyla Santiago Social Media Platforms
She is active on her social media accounts and is often seen posting on her Instagram, and Twitter. She has over 5K followers on Instagram and over 18K followers on her Twitter accounts.