Jackie Nespral

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Jackie Nespral
Born (1967-04-21) April 21, 1967 (age 49)
Florida, U.S.
Education University of Miami (B.A.)
Occupation Journalist
Employer NBC News
Home town Miami, Florida
Spouse(s) Dr. Armando Hassun Jr.
Children Frances, Armando Jr., Carolina, Isabella
Relatives Jose, Frank (brothers)

Jackie Nespral (born April 21, 1967) is an American television anchor for WTVJ-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Miami.

Early years and education[edit]

Nespral was born in Florida.[1] She grew up in the Little Havana area of Miami, attended St. Brendan High School and graduated in the class of 1984.

Nespral began her entertainment and television career as a college student at the University of Miami, where she was elected Orange Bowl Queen in Miami in 1985 and 1986 and was also inducted into UM's Iron Arrow Honor Society.

She graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in psychology and communications. Following her graduation from the University of Miami, Nespral went on to complete a degree in print and broadcast journalism at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Television career[edit]

Univision, Television Marti and CNN[edit]

Nespral began her career in television as a spokesmodel for Sabado Gigante on Univision. She then joined Univision's TV Mujer (or TV Woman) on its final season. After the cancellation of TV Mujer, she was chosen as one of the anchors, in 1990, of Univision's national news show, Noticias y Mas ("News and More").

She also worked for the Cuban-American channel, Television Marti, and at CNN's Miami affiliate, Dynamic Cablevision.[1]

The Today Show[edit]

Nespral moved to New York City in 1991, where she became the first Hispanic American network television news anchor as the weekend co-host of NBC's Today with Scott Simon.


In 1994, Nespral returned to Miami, where she was assigned as anchorwoman for WTVJ-TV, the NBC O&O station in Miami. She currently anchors the 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, and 11pm newscasts for the station.[1]


Nespral is a board director member for the March of Dimes organization and the University of Miami. She is also involved with the Columbia Women's Center, the Child Development Center and the Amigos For Kids organizations.[1]

Nespral has earned four Emmy Awards, an Easter Seals award and an honorable mention from the American Women in Radio and Television organization during her television news career. She has also received the key to Miami and a Resolution of Tribute from the University of Miami.

She is married to Dr. Armando Hassun Jr. with whom she has three daughters (Frances, Carolina, and Isabella) and one son (Armando, Jr.).[1] She has two brothers (Jose and Frank).


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Us: Jackie Nespral". NBC Miami. September 29, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011.