CNN announced today that correspondent Alina Machado (@AlinaCNN) will be based in Miami for the network. Since joining CNN last year, the Miami native has covered the chemical leak that tainted the water supply in parts of West Virginia; George Zimmerman’s trial and his brushes with the law since; and the investigation of the Mississippi ricin letters case, which were sent to officials including President Obama.
“Alina is a strong communicator, as evidenced by her range of stories,” said Terence Burke, vice president of domestic newsgathering for CNN/U.S. “Alina’s move back home to Miami, along with her fluency in Spanish, gives us the opportunity for deeper and broader coverage across multiple platforms.”
Machado comes to CNN from the ABC-TV affiliate WSB-TV2 in Atlanta, and previously from ABC 11 (WTVD) in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she covered John Edwards’ campaign finance fraud case and the deadly tornado outbreak in 2011 that damaged downtown Raleigh. While in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she was a bi-lingual anchor and correspondent for duopoly Telemundo WDJT-TV CBS-58, serving as a general assignment reporter for WDJT CBS-58 in English, while anchoring for Telemundo in Spanish. She has been honored by the AP and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. She made her broadcast journalism debut while studying at the Medill School of Journalism with NBC-TV affiliate WGEM-TV.