On Friday, Alexa Valiente, an Emmy winning ABC News producer who had covered the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2017, died. Her sudden death at 27 was a surprise but the network announced she had been facing some unknown health problems.
Valiente began her career as an intern, was on the digital show integration team and worked on “Nightline,” “20/20” and “Popcorn with Peter Travers.”
ABC News chief James Goldston said “Always a friendly face in the halls, she had an upbeat spirit, a curious and brilliant mind and a real passion to see the world. She will be deeply missed.”1 And Katie Nelson, executive producer for ABC News Content said, “Fierce, funny and adventurous, that girl was a force who could light up a room.”1
Allie Yang, an associate producer, remembered Valiente as the lovingly referred to ‘DJ Lexi Lex on the Dex,’ saying, “Every Friday afternoon, with just enough people still in the office to enjoy it, Alexa would treat the staff to ‘Flashback Friday’ — a weekly jam session at her desk where she’d play classics from Backstreet Boys, Usher and Britney Spears to sing and dance along to.”1
Valiente, who is survived by her parents, Mante and Connie, her sister, Jessica, and brother, Justin is remembered by her colleagues as a “smart and dedicated journalist, a thoughtful and attentive friend, and an avid traveler who lived life to the fullest.”1