Christian Peña is a multimedia journalist for Spectrum News 13. Born and raised in the nation's capital, Christian is passionate about politics, which he reports on alongside business and Hispanic/Latino issues.
Christian obtained his Master of Professional Studies from Georgetown University, where he concentrated in broadcast journalism and digital media. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from American University. During his undergraduate studies, Christian interned for various news organizations including The Hill, CBS News, CNN, and CNBC. In 2020, he was named a Gwen Ifill Fellow at PBS Newshour, where he covered how social media helped students of color address racism during a national reckoning on racial injustice.
After graduating from college, Christian worked for the assignment desk at the NBC News Washington, D.C. Bureau supporting assignment editors in breaking news coverage. He also reported for NBC's Business, Technology & Media Unit where he notably covered Washington, D.C. hotels weighing profit over safety, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on workers across the country. Most recently, he worked for NBC News and MSNBC in Washington, D.C. as an anchor producer for Hallie Jackson at NBC News, and as a researcher for MSNBC's dayside program, Hallie Jackson Reports. A member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Christian has interviewed notable journalists such as Maria Elena Salinas and Teresa Rodriquez of Univision News on the importance of diversity in newsrooms.