Patricia Janiot is a senior anchor for CNN en Español. Janiot joined CNN in 1992 and anchors Emmy-winning evening newscast Panorama Mundial, showing international events from a different perspective.
She has traveled to Latin America to report live-on-key world events, such as vast number of historic presidential elections, summits and presidential tours, regional crisis and papal tours. She has also reported live from the site of important events such as the terrorist attacks of New York and London; the death and funeral of John Paul II reported from the Vatican; from Kuwait in the wake of the U.S. war in Iraq; the U.S. invasion in Iraq from Kuwait; the presidential elections in Israel; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Gaza Strip, as well as several political conventions and presidential elections in the U.S.
She has interviewed the vast majority of Latin American heads of state over the past 27 years, such as: Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, General Augusto Pinochet, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, among others. She has covered numerous live historic events from Atlanta, such as the hostage crisis in Peru, the funeral of Princess Diana, the intervention in Kosovo, the Iraq war, papal elections, the rescue of the Chilean miners, the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, natural tragedies and popular uprisings in the Americas.
Janiot has received numerous journalism accolades, among them a Golden Mike Award in 1990 for best newscast by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, an Emmy Award nomination, and Colombia's Simon Bolivar award for investigative journalism. Janiot was also named to the Hispanic Media 100 in 2001, an annual recognition of 100 of the most influential Spanish-language journalists and news media executives in the United States, and a 2002 Spanish-language Television Industry Award (INTE) for "Best Female News Personality."
In addition, she serves as the president of the non-profit organization “Colombianitos”, dedicated to helping children who have been affected by the war in Colombia. She is also the general director for “Innovamérica”, the first regional award to highlight the best initiatives in the science and technology category, business and industry, the environment, and the community development and design.
For all these humanitarian efforts, she has earned the “Champions of Change” award, a recognition given by the White House to Hispanic leaders in the United States who have helped their countries and communities of origin, and doing so have bettered this region as a whole. Later in 2013, the UN granted Janiot the Women Together Award in recognition to her career in journalism as senior anchor for CNN en Español and to her work as foundation president of the Colombianitos foundation. Also, in Colombia, she has received several acknowledgments from organizations such as “Mujer del año” (Woman of the year) and Mujeres de Éxito (Woman of success); in Bucaramanga, she received the Manuela Beltran´s merit order.
In October of 2014, Patricia received an Emmy™ award for Panorama Mundial in the category of Best Spanish Newscast, and a nomination for the same award in the category of Best TV Personality.
Born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Janiot earned a journalism and mass communications degree from Universidad de la Sabana in Bogotá. She also studied broadcasting, radio and television production at Colegio Superior de Telecomunicaciones in Bogotá and holds a degree in English from Cambridge University. Janiot speaks English and Spanish fluently.