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Elaine Cagas Quijano is an American television reporter. Formerly with CNN, she is now a correspondent and anchor with CBS News.

Elaine Cagas Quijano
Elaine Cagas Quijano

1973/1974 (age 45–46)[1]
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Early life and educationEdit

Quijano is a Filipino American.[2][3] She grew up in the Skokie and Morton Grove suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.[3] She received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1995 from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[4][5]


Quijano began her career as an intern at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois, in 1994, and later became a reporter/producer/anchor there.[3][4] In 1998, Quijano left WCIA to become a general assignment reporter for WFTS-TV in Tampa, Florida.[3][4]

Quijano was a correspondent for CNN Newsource, an affiliate of CNN, starting in December 2000.[4] She covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and traveled to Kuwait City shortly before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.[4] She remained in Kuwait for about a month.[3] Quijano also covered the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the Beltway sniper attacks.[3] In 2004, Quijano joined CNN/US as a Washington, D.C.-based general assignment correspondent.[3][5] She covered the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush and campaign of vice presidential candidate John Edwards.[4] In 2006, she was named a White House correspondent for CNN.[4] In that role, Quijano covered major stories of the George W. Bush administration, including the War on Terror, the unsuccessful bid for comprehensive immigration reform, and the 2008 financial crisis.[4]

Quijano left CNN on December 23, 2009,[6] and joined CBS News in early 2010 as a general assignment reporter.[4][5][7]

At CBS News, Quijano is based in New York City; she has covered Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and the 2014 World Cup.[4] Quijano is an anchor for CBSN, the digital streaming network for CBS. Quijano also anchors the Sunday edition of CBS Weekend News. Her work has appeared on CBS This Morning and The CBS Evening News.[4]

In 2009, Quijano was the convocation speaker at the UIUC College of Media, her alma mater.[8]

In 2016, Quijano was named by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) as the moderator for the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, October 4, at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia;[9] Quijano thereby became the first Asian American to moderate a U.S. debate for national elected office in the general election,[2] and the youngest journalist to moderate a debate since 1988.[10] It was also the first time a digital network anchor had been selected to moderate a national debate.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Shabad, Rebecca (October 4, 2016). "Who is Elaine Quijano, moderator of the vice presidential debate?". Further, at 42 years of age, Quijano will be the youngest debate moderator since then-CNN anchor and correspondent Judy Woodruff moderated a debate in 1988, when she was 41, according to Variety.
  2. ^ a b Callum Borchers, Unpacking Donald Trump's history with this fall's debate moderators, Washington Post (September 5, 2016).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g De Castro, Cynthia (August 20, 2008). "Elaine Quijano: Her Journey to the White House" (PDF). Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. The Asian Journal MDWK MAGAZINECS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Elaine Quijano". CBS News. September 2, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Elaine Quijano '95 JOURN, Alumni Notes, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign College of Media (January 5, 2010).
  6. ^ Ariens, Chris (December 23, 2009). "Elaine Quijano Leaving CNN for CBS". AdWeek.
  7. ^ Lisa de Moraes (May 2, 2010). "Reena Ninan & Elaine Quijano Anchor Renamed 'CBS Weekend News'". Deadline.
  8. ^ College of Media Graduation - Pt 2, UI-7 Cable Television (May 17, 2009).
  9. ^ "CPD Announces 2016 Debate Moderators" (Press release). Commission on Presidential Debates. September 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 2, 2016). "CBSN's Elaine Quijano Boosts Profile With Vice Presidential Debate Moderator Slot". Retrieved October 5, 2016.

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