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Movers and Shakers: Iliana Limón Romero

Movers and Shakers: Iliana Limón Romero

Iliana Limón Romero became the Los Angeles Times’ first female sports editor in 2021, and the only Latina sports editor at a major US newspaper

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Iliana Limón Romero is the assistant managing editor for sports at the Los Angeles Times, a role in which she became the publication’s first female sports editor, and the only Latina sports editor at a major US newspaper.

Limón Romero, who joined the paper as deputy sports editor in 2021, has built bridges both within the Times newsroom and in the larger Southern California sports community. She has led initiatives to cover new spaces in new ways, beefing up the department’s investigative coverage, helping lead the Times’ successful cross-departmental Super Bowl LVI coverage and building major community-facing events that helped the Times reach new audiences.

She has also helped oversee ambitious and acclaimed coverage from its talented sports team. In 2021, the Times was the lone large media entity (over 100,000 circulation) to win the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors “Grand Slam,” placing in the top ten nationally for its Sunday and daily print editions, website, multimedia project, and writing categories.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Limón Romero was the sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel and cofounder of the website Pro Soccer USA before she joined the Los Angeles Times. At the Sentinel, she was on the team that covered the Pulse nightclub shooting and was a Pulitzer finalist for breaking news.

Limón Romero is also the chair of the Association for Women in Sports Media, the cochair of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Sports Task Force, and a recipient of the 2020 recipient of NAHJ’s Dale Award.

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