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Vanessa Ruiz Staying Authentic to Who She Is

Vanessa Ruiz is an Emmy-nominated journalist who has worked in Miami, Los Angeles, South America and Europe for over a decade joined Arizona’s local 12 news station in July

Since joining the local news station in July 2015, Ruiz has faced an unusual amount of criticism for pronouncing certain words of Latino or Hispanic origin “in Spanish”—or as she puts it, “the way they are meant to be pronounced” and how “some of Arizona’s first, original settlers intended.”

Ruiz is an Emmy-nominated journalist who’s worked as a news anchor for over a decade in cities like Miami and Los Angeles without issue—but upon arriving in the land of Janet Brewers and Joe Arpaios, her natural idiosyncrasies suddenly became “un-American.”