José Díaz-Balart (b. 7 November 1960, Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a Cuban-American journalist and television anchorman. He is currently 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. 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 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. As of June 2011, Diaz-Balart has filled in for MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer in the 12pm time slot, hosting the one-hour program MSNBC Live.
For the second time Diaz-Balart made history when he substituted for Brewer on MSNBC Live for the week of June 20 through 24, 2011 in the show’s 12 PM time slot, making him the first U.S. journalist to broadcast both English and Spanish newscasts on two networks simultaneously.
On May 20, 2014 MSNBC announced that Diaz-Balart will begin hosting the 10 AM news hour beginning in mid-June. He will replace Chris Jansing, the newly named NBC News Senior White House Correspondent.
Díaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Gutierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three brothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US representative) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (a former US representative). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro's first wife and therefore Fidel Castro is his uncle and Fidel Castro Jr.(Fidelito) his first cousin.. His uncle, Waldo Diaz-Balart, is a Cuban painter. He is married and has two daughters.
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- Rivera, Adriana (22 June 2011). "Jose Diaz-Balart Makes History By Anchoring News in English AND Spanish Simultaneously!". Latina. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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- The Cuban Americans, New Americans by Miguel González-Pando;Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998; ISBN 978-0-313-29824-0
- Cuba: intrahistoria : una lucha sin tregua By Rafael L. Díaz-Balart;Ediciones Universal, 2006; ISBN 978-1-59388-067-5
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