Omar Fernando Jimenez is a Latino-African-American journalist born in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. He is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
Jimenez is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Here are 13 more things about him:
- His father Omar Jimenez Sr. is Latino while his mother Jayne Middlebroos is African-American.
- He grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA. When he attended Kennesaw Mountain High School, he worked for the school’s television station KMTV and played varsity basketball for three years.
- He is 6’11 tall.
- From 2011 to 2015, he attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, USA where he earned his degree in broadcast journalism. While in the university, he was a member of the varsity basketball team as a guard and he acted in several plays and rapped under the name OJ Tropicana.
- He worked for NBC News as a Republican National Convention runner in August 2012 and as a news intern for the same network from February 2013 to June 2013. In August 2013, he was featured rapping in the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” segment “Battle of the Instant Rappers.”
- He co-hosted the 2013 and 2014 editions of the world championships for the arcade game “Big Buck Hunter.” He was as an international news intern for CNN from June 2013 to September 2013 and an affiliate desk intern for the same company from June 2014 to September 2014.
- His on-air career started when he worked as a general assignment reporter for WGEM TV in Quincy, Illinois from March 2014 to June 2014. In May 2014, he received the National Mark of Excellence Award for general TV news reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and won third place in the National Television Broadcast New Competition by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation both in May 2014 and June 2014.
- From July 2015 to July 2017, he worked as a news reporter for WBAL-TV, an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
- In August 2017, he was a national correspondent for CNN Newsource.
- In August 2019, he joined the CNN Worldwide team as a national correspondent.
- On May 29, 2020, he and his crew were arrested while he was giving a live television report in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, covering the third day of protests against the death of George Floyd. He and his crew were released after being detained for about an hour.
- On August 5, 2021, he received the 2021 First Amendment Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for his coverage of the public protests of Floyd’s death at the hands of police in May 2020.
- He was 27 years old when he and five other CNN correspondents received the Outstanding Breaking News Coverage award at the 42nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards on September 28, 2021 for their coverage of Floyd’s death in May 2020.