About Me

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“Angie Romero is one of the few people who have remained constant collaborators in my life. Beyond her skills as a journalist and overall dedication to telling our stories, she’s a brilliant human being who brings value to everything she touches. ” — Mimi Valdés, Chief Creative Officer of Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER, Oscar-nominated producer and former Editor in Chief of VIBE and Latina magazines

“Angie is probably one of the smartest, most loyal, strategic and proactive persons I have had the pleasure to work with. Warm, kind and extremely easy to deal with, all on top of being the best writer. Her creativity and seniority within the music industry allow her to be best in class on all she does. I was lucky enough to bring her to Spotify and she quickly made us realize it was one of the best things that happened to its Latin music team. She brought us all to the next level. Overall, an amazing person and professional.” — Rocio Guerrero, former Head of Global Cultures at Spotify and newly appointed Global Head of Latin Music, Amazon 

“Angie is a gifted storyteller, one who brings something special to everything she does. I feel fortunate to have a front-row seat for her life and career!” — Christy Haubegger, Founder, Latina magazine, former Executive at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and current Chief Inclusion Officer at WarnerMedia

“I remember the day we were introduced to Angie, we were just starting out in this new chapter of music, really trying to find our way in. We only had our songs to speak for us and we really wanted to get a message across. I remember Angie made us feel hopeful, she loved our music and believed in us from the beginning, took meetings with us before anyone would pick up the phone. She saw something in us from the start, gave us the time of day and helped us find an avenue to get a message across that now millions of people connect with. Thank you Angie for seeing something special in us from the very start. Guess we weren’t wrong. God is good.” — Latin artists Mau y Ricky

“Angie Romero. Those two words sum it all up: consummate entertainment journalist, a paragon of professionalism and one of the sweetest people I know. The secret to her success is simple: people like talking to her.” — literary agent Manie Barron

“Like a younger, Latina Barbara Walters.” — Eva Mendes

“El alma de Angie es Latina, el sentido de Angie es Latino.” — Juanes

Angie Romero is a seasoned journalist and Latin cultural expert with a combined 15+ years of experience in the media, tech, entertainment, and women’s lifestyle spaces. She is currently a Senior Editor on the Music Culture & Editorial team at Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, focused on the curation of Latin music. In this role, she curates playlists across a wide range of genres and moods & moments specifically for a US Latin audience. Playlist brands such as Café con Leche go beyond borders and amplify the streaming service’s role as the undisputed choice for Latin music lovers, no matter where in the world they are. One of the most exciting aspects of her job is the ability to help break new artists (and help users discover new voices) via a collaborative programming approach across a global team of editors. Angie also drives curation efforts around big cultural moments such as Día de Los Muertos and Hispanic Heritage Month. She leads a team effort for greater equity & inclusion of women in Latin music and has served as co-host and co-producer of the Viva Latino Podcast, among other special content initiatives aimed at serving this audience in new and innovative ways. 

Angie’s latest venture in the podcast space, The Hermanas Project, is a sisterhood of  extraordinary women of color and allies through which inspiring stories of creativity and courage are shared, meaningful conversations are had, and ideas are spread with the goal of inspiring younger generations to live out their dreams.

Angie’s professional journey began in the world of music journalism at VIBE magazine as an assistant music editor under her mentor, Mimi Valdés. It was the mid-2000’s — a pivotal time for urban music culture. At VIBE, Angie got the chance to work with some of the best writers, editors, and photographers in the biz. She wrote reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee’s first profile in an American magazine, and captured the birth of a musical movement which is now an undeniable global force. Wherever she’s worked since, she has documented Latin culture’s place in the mainstream, from “Conga” to “Livin’ la Vida Loca” to “Despacito” and beyond.

Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Variety, The Washington Post, ABC News, Latina, Marie Claire, Glamour, Univision, Miami New Times, USA Weekend, VIBE,  Nexos (American Airlines magazine) and Complex, among other media outlets. She has appeared on national English and Spanish television; been a guest on National Public Radio (NPR); participated at major conferences as both a moderator and a panelist; and covered awards shows and festivals in the U.S. as well as abroad.

She currently serves as a creative advisor for EcoBrow, a beauty company founded by celebrity makeup artist Marco Ochoa combining his love for iconic eyebrows with his philosophy of clean, natural beauty. In this role, Angie created a compelling brand story for EcoBrow, which led to the biggest milestone in the company’s history: securing distribution at Sephora.

In 2015, Angie joined the extended Billboard family as a contributor, collaborating with veteran journalist Leila Cobo in building the ultimate digital destination for all things Latin music.

Prior to her role as a Billboard contributor, she served as Variety Latino‘s editor-in-chief. Leveraging Variety’s prestige and access in Hollywood and Univision’s unique understanding of the Hispanic consumer, she assembled and led the team that launched the brand from the ground up in February 2014. Four months after launch, VarietyLatino.com reached the 1 million monthly unique visitors milestone. Beyond the site — which counted Reuters, Yahoo!, and MSN as content syndication partners — Variety Latino offered a Hollywood-themed segment for the Univision television network’s top-rated newsmagazine “Primer Impacto,” and biweekly syndicated segments on Univision’s national affiliates. Variety Latino also created original video programming for Delta Airlines, which Angie co-produced.

During her time at Variety Latino, Angie created the Variety Latino Rising Star of the Year Award, to recognize the next generation of Latino Hollywood stars, such as Jane The Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez. The award was integrated into the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, airing on the CW. Also in 2014, Angie launched the “Power of Latinos,” a groundbreaking survey spotlighting the most successful Latino film and TV actors in Hollywood. The special appeared in the print and digital versions of Variety, to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. Rather than focus solely on their professional accomplishments, the survey went one step further, and looked at how influential and appealing these A-listers are within their own community. For this task, Angie worked with celebrity branding authority Jeetendr Sehdev — who conducted a similar survey for Variety showing that YouTube stars are more popular than mainstream celebrities among American teens.

Prior to Variety Latino, she was the Director of Content & Editorial Communications for BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), the global leader in music rights management. There, she managed the editorial coverage of industry-related news, events and features for bmi.com; BMI’s digital publication, MusicWorld Online; and the company’s various social media platforms.

Previously, she was the Senior Editor, Entertainment & Culture for Fusion, the English-language, multi-platform joint venture between ABC and Univision. She produced engaging pop culture/celebrity-driven content, launching creative franchises (What’s In Your Suitcase, The Shoe Diaries, Being Becky G, Culturegeist, Como Se Dice) that were unique to Fusion and brought people to the site. Part of her job, as in the past, was to build new relationships and nurture existing ones with publicists, agents, and managers representing top talent in film, music and TV. Her direct relationships with celebrities such as Pitbull and Juanes allowed her to book exclusive interviews, helping establish Fusion as a legitimate player in the entertainment scene. In December 2012 and into 2013, Angie extensively covered the death of superstar Jenni Rivera, whom she had the chance to interview in person at Sundance that same year.

Prior to that, she was Latina Magazine’s deputy editor. Throughout her time there, she wrote, planned, assigned and edited various sections of the magazine. She produced editorial packages and features dedicated to Latin culture in the United States and abroad, including the cover stories and celebrity profiles. In a hybrid print/digital role, Angie also worked with Latina’s online edit team to build the brand’s presence on social media sites and create multi-platform stories that generated traffic to the site.

She was responsible for securing Latina’s most critical cover of 2008, a controversial cover story in which Jessica Alba cleared up rumors that she was ashamed of her Mexican heritage—something she had not done before. The conceptual cover was nominated in the Best Celebrity Cover category of the 2008 National Magazine Awards and opened the door to the actress doing Hispanic press, something she had shied away from doing in the past.

In 2009, she led a team effort behind a special, themed issue titled “Viva Mexico!,” which celebrated the people, beauty, and culture of Mexico and the rich history and contributions of Mexican Americans (in response to the negativity in the mainstream media). Angie worked with a diverse group of freelancers and scholars to create an issue that truly honored its theme. It was the magazine’s first-ever conceptual cover without a celebrity.

In 2011, Angie was part of the team that produced Latina‘s milestone 15th anniversary issue. That the magazine has stood the test of time is a testament to the vision of founder Christy Haubegger, who created the magazine to celebrate the culture, honor the past and enrich the future of Latina women in the United States. This special anniversary issue was the magazine’s most ambitious project to date, encompassing several key elements beyond the print medium itself, including two high-profile parties and a TV special with Access Hollywood. Fifteen of the most iconic and groundbreaking Latinas of the past 15 years graced the cover.

Angie is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean descent, and speaks fluent Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. She has had her own weekly blog on Latina.com called “Get Cultured,” covering the best of Latin arts and culture in America. In 2008, she also served as the female voice of “Single-ish: Sex, Love & Life,” Glamour.com’s co-ed dating blog.

In 2013, Angie was called upon by Condé Nast to help launch the digital destination for Glam Belleza Latina, a new publication dedicated to celebrating the passion Latinas have for all things beauty.

Angie has interviewed Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Marc Anthony, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Zoe Saldana, Jenni Rivera, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Juanes, Dolores Huerta, and Gloria & Emilio Estefan, to name a few.

Prior to her work as a journalist, Angie spent time at Microsoft learning about the world of digital advertising as part of the MSN sales force.

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