José Díaz-Balart is a Cuban-American journalist and television anchorman. He is the anchor for Noticiero Telemundo, the network's news program, as well as the network's Washington D.C.-based public affairs Sunday morning program Enfoque. He is also the anchor of NBC's Saturday edition of "Nightly News."
Sometimes described as the Brian Williams of Telemundo, Diaz-Balart delivers news that affects the Latino community.
In August 1996 he made history by becoming the first Cuban-American to host a network news program when he became an anchor for the CBS News program This Morning. He co-hosted Telemundo Network's first morning news and entertainment show, "Esta Mañana," as well as its public affairs show "Cada Día."
Díaz-Balart received two Emmy awards while he was working at WTVJ-TV in Miami, an Associated Press Award and four Hispanic Excellence in Journalism Awards, all in the 1980s. He also received a Du Pont and Peabody as well as the Orchid Award for Best News Anchor in the U.S. in 2006. Media 100 has named him best anchor three times, and Hispanic Business Magazine named him one of the "100 most influential people in the U.S." He was given the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Sciences in 2010.
For the second time Diaz-Balart made history when he substituted for Contessa Brewer on MSNBC Live for the week of June 20 through 24, 2011, in the show’s noon time slot, making him the first U.S. journalist to broadcast both English and Spanish newscasts on two networks simultaneously.
He was honored in 2014 with the Hispanic Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As of 2014, in addition to Telemundo’s “Noticiero” and “Enfoque,” Díaz-Balart to Host MSNBC’s 10 a.m. Hour Live from Miami.
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