Nova graduated from City University of New York-City College with a Bachelor's degree in English Language and literature. She went on to attend CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, receiving a Master's degree in business journalism. 
Prior to joining CNBC in December 2017, she was an editorial intern at MONEY. She reported in the South Bronx for two years for two local newspapers. Her work has also appeared on WNYC and in The New York Post.