Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is the granddaughter of working-class Italian and Cuban immigrants. When Michelle’s grandparents first arrived in America, they worked arduous overnight shifts and took dangerous jobs in the meatpacking industry to pay the rent and feed their children.
Watching her grandparents and her parents work long hours is how Michelle learned about achieving the American dream.
Michelle graduated second in her class and was editor of the high school paper, “Panther Prints.” She attended Wellesley College with the help of a National Merit Scholarship, and the money she earned from her first job as a waitress at Pizza Hut. She would receive tips for great service from happy customers, and use the money to help pay her tuition. In college, Michelle was elected editor of her college newspaper, “The Wellesley College News,” while also reporting for the New York Times education section.
After graduating from college, Michelle began her career at Univision News, where she worked as a producer. Fluent in Spanish, she covered important issues for Latin American immigrants, and won an Emmy award for a series she produced, about children orphaned by the AIDS crisis. Michelle then spent four years as a general assignment reporter covering crime and hurricanes at WTSP-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Petersburg, Fla.
For over 20 years Michelle Caruso-Cabrera was a lead reporter and anchor at CNBC. She held the title of Chief International Correspondent and traveled the world reporting live from Cuba, Iran, Ukraine, Iraq, Italy, Russia, Venezuela, and Latin America. She reported live from many major global events including the Greek debt crisis, the Brexit vote, the 2008 US financial crisis, not to mention the US elections.
She was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine, and Broadcaster of the Year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
She is an ardent supporter of the Ballet Hispanico of NY, where she has been on the board for 16 years and currently serves as Board Vice President.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a resident of Queens, is running for Congress in the Bronx and Queens (NY-14).