Former CNN Reporter to Become Queen of Spain


Seeing the tweet “Former CNN reporter to become Queen of Spain” from CNN, I was intrigued.

Naturally, I wondered which CNN reporter. It turns out that Letizia, Princess of Asturias, who becomes queen tomorrow, is the former Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.

Never heard of her? Me either. She didn’t actually report for CNN proper but rather something called CNN+. Wikipedia:

During her studies, Letizia worked for the Asturian daily newspaper La Nueva España and later for the newspaper ABC and the news agency EFE.[12][13] After completing her studies, she spent some time in Guadalajara, Mexico, working at the newspaper Siglo XXI. After returning to Spain, she worked for the Spanish version of the economic channel Bloomberg before moving to the news network CNN+.[13]

In 2000, she moved to TVE, where she started working for the news channel 24 Horas. In 2002, she anchored the weekly news report program Informe Semanal and later the daily morning news program Telediario Matinal on TVE 1.[12][13] In August 2003, a few months before her engagement to Felipe, Letizia was promoted to anchor of the TVE daily evening news program Telediario 2, the most viewed newscast in Spain.

In 2000 Letizia reported from Washington, D.C. on the presidential elections. In September 2001 she broadcast live from Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks in New York and in 2003 she filed reports from Iraq following the war. In 2002 she sent several reports from Galicia in northern Spain following the ecological disaster when the oil tanker Prestige sank.

That’s rather less interesting than CNN’s tweet suggests.

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  1. Still, it’s a promotion I guess

  2. Buffalo Rude says:

    And now I have Moxy Fruvous on the brain.

  3. al-Ameda says:

    Damn, I had my money on Wolf Blitzer.
    I guess the lesson here is, bet on the chalk.

  4. CSK says:

    Geez, Chelsea only got $600 grand a year from them.

  5. Ben Wolf says:

    She sure is pretty.

  6. Just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    James, you do realize that most of the grunts at CNN would throw her under a bus to get that resume, right? Sure, I realize that Spain isn’t as important as the US and being a national news figure is not as important as being an academic, but there is such a thing a scale.

  7. James Joyner says:

    @Just ‘nutha’ ig’rant cracker: “Less interesting” is the wrong criticism. My point really is that “former CNN reporter” is a misleading and inapt descriptor in that she never reported for CNN.

  8. Andy says:

    Well, she did in fact report for CNN+, the Spanish version of CNN, which was half owned by Turner Broadcasting, so there’s some truth to that information. Also, she anchored the most viewed news programme in Spain on TVE, which for our standards is pretty much the furthest you can get as a journalist.