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Sergio Hernandez is an accomplished journalist and developer who currently serves as CNN’s data editor, based in New York City.
With his unique skill set, Hernandez excels in utilizing data and code to lead investigative reporting projects and craft compelling public interest stories. He combines text, multimedia, graphics, and interactive news applications to deliver impactful journalism.
Prior to joining CNN, Hernandez held various roles in prestigious media organizations. He worked as a reporter for Mashable’s global news team, served as the business and technology editor for The Week magazine, and contributed as a staff writer for The Daily.
During his time as a reporting intern and contributor for ProPublica from 2011 to 2014, Hernandez made significant contributions to several investigative projects. His work shed light on prosecutorial misconduct in New York City, racial inequalities in presidential pardons, wealth disparities in education access, and flaws within America’s death investigation system. His writings have been featured in notable publications such as the Village Voice, Gawker, and BuzzFeed.
In recognition of his exceptional work, Hernandez was honored with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article in 2014. His investigative project titled “Sex, Lies and H.I.V.: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime” documented the criminal prosecution of individuals living with HIV over the course of a year.
Originally from Los Angeles, Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, where he pursued a double major in journalism and psychology.
Hernandez joined CNN in 2016 as a data and interactives producer for CNN Digital at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. From 2017 to 2020, he served as a data reporter for CNN’s investigations unit, further showcasing his expertise in data-driven journalism.