About 

  • Leyla Santiago is a correspondent for CNN based in Washington, D.C. She joined the network in 2016 and was previously based in Mexico City.

    Prior to joining CNN, Santiago was an anchor and reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she and her team won the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont award for the documentary 'The Journey Alone,' about the surge in illegal immigration of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico. Santiago traveled to the Rio Grande Valley, traced the path of the children and investigated how the crisis impacted North Carolina. Most recently, Santiago extensively covered the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which garnered a Peabody Award nomination as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for CNN. She was one of the first to reach some of the most remote parts of the island and following her investigation into the death toll, t