Hena Cuevas

Knight International Journalism Fellow, Peru

Hena Cuevas is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who led a project in Peru to create the nation's first broadcast journalism training system.

Hena Cuevas is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based producer/reporter who has extensive experience working in the United States and Latin America. She has worked for ABC News (20/20, GMA), the NewsHour (PBS), Univision and Yahoo! International. She’s also served as a U.S.-based reporter for stations in Spain, Chile, Venezuela, Panama and Bolivia.

Cuevas was a producer and correspondent in CNN’s Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus. Among the major news events she covered: the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the first anniversary of the Columbine shootings. She also worked for CNN’s Spanish-language network CNN EN ESPAÑOL, serving as assignment desk editor and anchor in Atlanta. Cuevas’ experience as a reporter in Latin America has included coverage of the relief efforts after Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua and Guatemala and the handover of the Panama Canal in 1999.

She has received numerous awards and nominations including the Emmy, the Golden Mike, the Imagen Award and the Genesis Award. A Fulbright scholar, Cuevas has a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University, and a master's in international communication from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a media trainer for programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in Bolivia, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Recently, she conducted media training in Panama as an independent contractor.

Cuevas was born and raised in Panama City, Panama.