Alicia Jacobsen Menendez (born July 2, 1983)[1] is an American television commentator, host, and writer.[2] She is currently contributing editor at Bustlehost of the Latina to Latina podcast. She is also a former correspondent on the PBS show Amanpour & Company. She was formerly the host of "Come Here and Say That"[3] on Fusion,[4] the cable network launched by ABC News and Univision in October 2013. Prior to that she was a Host and Producer at HuffPost Live, the streaming video network of The Huffington Post.[5]

Alicia Menendez
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Menendez in 2017
Alicia Jacobsen Menendez

(1983-07-02) July 2, 1983 (age 36)
EducationHarvard University (A.B.)
OccupationTV commentator, writer
Carlos Prío Odio (m. 2015)
Parent(s)Robert Menendez
Jane Jacobsen

Early life and educationEdit

Menendez grew up in Union City, New Jersey,[6] the daughter of United States Senator Robert Menendez[7] and Jane Jacobsen.[1] Her father is of Cuban ancestry and her mother is of German, Norwegian, and Irish ancestry.[1] She graduated from Harvard College in 2005.[6] She was raised Catholic.[8]


Described by Fast Company as "thoughtful, smart, and seemingly unflusterable",[5] Menendez is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Prior to joining HuffPost Live, Menendez co-hosted "Power Play" on Sirius XM's Cristina Radio, and served as a contributor to[9] In 2011, Menendez and Adriana Maestas founded, a website that offers a Latino take on politics and media. In 2012, was acquired by[2] Menendez co-founded Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, Jake Brewer, and Jehmu Greene. Define American focuses on immigration reform.[10] She served as Senior Advisor at NDN, a center-left think tank and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Menendez is a veteran of Rock the Vote and Democracia USA. She also spent time as a television segment producer and on-air contributor for RNN TV in New York.[11] Menendez is a former correspondent for the show Amanpour & Company on PBS. She joined MSNBC in October 2019.

At Harvard University, Menendez's senior honors thesis on women's social capital drew the attention of U.S. News & World Report and The New York Times. In 2005, The Harvard Crimson named Menendez one of the 15 most interesting members of the class of 2005 and she was selected to deliver her undergraduate commencement address.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Menendez currently resides in Miami.[5] She announced on July 10, 2014 during a segment on "Alicia Menendez Tonight" on Fusion about Comic Con[clarification needed] that she was engaged. On February 15, 2015 she married Carlos Prío Odio at Coral Gables United Church of Christ in Coral Gables, Fla. Odio's maternal grandfather, Carlos Prío Socarrás, was the president of Cuba from 1948 to 1952.[12]

Further readingEdit

  • Roig-Franzia, Manuel (November 5, 2013). "The rise of Alicia Menendez, a voice for the millennials". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Nash Holdings.


  1. ^ a b c PewResearch Hispanic Center: Tell Us Your Story, A Conversation About Identity – IV. Alicia Menendez: My Gringa Mother June 1, 2012
  2. ^ a b Kelley, Maritza. "Changing the Conversation". Latino Magazine. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "TVNewser - Jobs in TV News".
  5. ^ a b c Kirchner,Lauren. "12 Hours of Huffing: A HuffPost Live Viewing Diary". Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Pena, Stacy. "Alicia Menendez". Girls Leadership Institute. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Kornblut, Anne E.; Peters Jeremy W. (November 7, 2006). "Lieberman Prevails Against Lamont in Connecticut – New York Times". Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  8. ^ Huffington Post: "The Future Of The Church Is In Their Hands" hosted by Alicia Menendez Originally aired on March 7, 2013 | Minute 5:00 | "...just a few years before I made my confirmation...and I made my communion a few years before that, when you grow up in the church, when you grow up going to catechism classes..."
  9. ^ "New Cutting Edge Political Show on Cristina Radio". nbclatino.tumblrcom. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Our Team". Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Alicia Menendez Joins the NDN Team". NDN. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  12. ^ "Public-Service Driven, and Into Each Other's Arms". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2015.