María Elena Romero

Social Media Editor

The World

Maria Elena is the Social Media Editor for The World.

Maria Elena is the Social Media Editor for The World. 

She is a multimedia journalist with a dedication to channeling storytelling through social media. She likes reaching and engaging with new audiences and taking chances to experiment.

Maria Elena worked in international development before switching careers to journalism over a decade ago.

Prior to joining The World, Maria Elena covered Latin America as a TV producer for Al Jazeera English, working on breaking news, feature stories and documentaries in most countries in Latin America and all Brazilian states.

She also worked as a senior planning producer for Al Jazeera America in New York. Besides English, she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

In addition to her social media work, Maria Elena was the project manager for the 'Every 30 Seconds' multi-media project — a collaboration between The World and public radio stations across the US, following the stories of young Latino voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Album covers of some of the allbums from artists included in the end-of-year music playlist with recommendations from The World staff. Clockwise, startiing from the top left corner: Adrian Quesada's "Boleros Psicodélicos," Sillvana Estrada's "Marchita," V

A musical journey around the globe 2022, a playlist

Music is part of The World’s DNA and, as it turns out, it is something many of the show’s staff appreciate. This playlist with their recommendations will take you on a journey around the globe.

A musical journey around the globe 2022, a playlist
Cover art for albums of multiple artists included on The World's 2021 music playlist. Clockwise, starting from the top left image: 'Suba' by Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita; 'El Alimento' by Cimafunk; 'Deja' by Bomba Estereo; 'Seeking New Gods' by Gruff Rhys;

Dance with The World, 2021 edition: A playlist

Dance with The World, 2021 edition: A playlist
Swedish musician José González is known for stretching musical boundaries over his 18-year career. 

José González’s 'Local Valley' mixes sounds from West Africa, from the Sahel to Ghanaian highlife

José González’s 'Local Valley' mixes sounds from West Africa, from the Sahel to Ghanaian highlife
A screenshoot of a YouTube video announcing Elvis Costello's new album "Spanish Model."

Elvis Costello’s ‘Spanish Model’ brings back rock-and-roll classics to a Spanish-speaking audience

Elvis Costello’s ‘Spanish Model’ brings back rock-and-roll classics to a Spanish-speaking audience
Enrique Kiki Valera is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer. He’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with eight strings grouped in sets of two.

Kiki Valera on Son cubano and how he developed a unique musical perspective

Kiki Valera on Son cubano and how he developed a unique musical perspective
Multi-generational Haitian band Lakou Mizik has a new album in collaboration with Grammy-winning electronic music artist Joseph Ray titled ‘Leave The Bones.’

Lakou Mizik’s new album highlights Haiti’s creative spirit

Hatian band Lakou Mizik’s “Leave the Bones,” in collaboration with DJ and producer Joseph Ray of Nero, mixes traditional sounds with electronic beats.

Lakou Mizik’s new album highlights Haiti’s creative spirit
Dakota Camacho, dancer and musician, seen in a body of a water unclothed with long hair.

‘I can speak the language of rhyme:’ Dakota Camacho on Guam, family and hip-hop

Seattle-based artist Dakota Camacho went on a quest to understand the complexities of their ancestors’ history, the Chamorro people. In the process, Camacho developed a unique hip-hop style inspired by their ancestors.

‘I can speak the language of rhyme:’ Dakota Camacho on Guam, family and hip-hop
Muslims pray in a mosque during celebrations of Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast celebrated by Muslims worldwide, in Grozny, Russia, on Thursday, May 13, 2021.

The world celebrates Eid — including some of The World’s listeners

We asked The World’s listeners to share what Eid al-Fitr means to them and their families. Here’s what they told us.

The world celebrates Eid — including some of The World’s listeners
The stories of women ostracized by their family and community after being wrongly accused of witchcraft can be heard on a new album called "I've forgotten now who I used to be." 

New album lifts up the voices of ostracized women in northern Ghana’s ‘witch camps’

The stories of these women, who remain vulnerable, can now be heard on an album called "I've forgotten now who I used to be."

New album lifts up the voices of ostracized women in northern Ghana’s ‘witch camps’
MC Fioti during the recording of the remix version of his 2017 hit "Bum Bum Tam Tam," which has become Brazil's COVID-19 vaccine anthem. 

This funk remix became Brazil’s COVID-19 vaccine anthem

Fioti’s revised version of "Bum Bum Tam Tam" keeps the original melody but the lyrics are not all about the booty. Instead, the remix champions COVID-19 vaccination and the Butantan Institute.

This funk remix became Brazil’s COVID-19 vaccine anthem
In this Jan. 29, 2011 file photo, anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt.

Photos: Arab uprisings began with quest for freedom and led to repression, wars

What started as a series of idealistic revolutions turned into dashed dreams of democracy and revival of authoritarian governance. The decade since has seen yet more instability and violence. 

Photos: Arab uprisings began with quest for freedom and led to repression, wars
Album covers on a grey backgound

Tunes that kept The World spinning in 2020: A playlist

Music from artists featured on The World, suggestions from our team and anthems of 2020 — all on our end-of-year playlist.

Tunes that kept The World spinning in 2020: A playlist
Three photos over a blie background announ ce an event

Discussion: Mobilizing Latino voters — perspectives from Texas and Arizona

How are grassroots organizations mobilizing Latinos to go to the polls? What was the impact of Latino voters in the 2020 election in Texas and Arizona?

Discussion: Mobilizing Latino voters — perspectives from Texas and Arizona
A stenciled rat appears to be sneezing.

Banksy unveils new pandemic-inspired art featuring rats in face masks

His latest work, titled “If you don't mask - you don't get,” is set in London's Underground and features spray-painted rats sneezing, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer.

Banksy unveils new pandemic-inspired art featuring rats in face masks
The Dalai Lama speaks while wearing a yellow robe. He is surrounded by two man on red robes in a monastery.

The Dalai Lama makes a bid for music chart stardom

The album "Inner World" has been in the making for five years. It contains mantras and Buddhist teachings from the Dalai Lama set to soothing music.

The Dalai Lama makes a bid for music chart stardom