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José Díaz-Balart Joins MSNBC as Anchor, Launching ‘MSNBC Reports’ Weekdays at 10 A.M.

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Internationally recognized journalist José Díaz-Balart joins MSNBC as anchor of MSNBC’s “José Díaz-Balart Reports.” His program premieres on Sept. 27 and will air weekdays at 10 a.m. ET. Díaz-Balart will continue to be based in Miami.

With the announcement, Díaz-Balart becomes the only anchor to host national news programs on both cable and broadcast television in English and Spanish. He will continue to anchor “NBC Nightly News Saturday” on NBC News and take on a broader role at Noticias Telemundo, where he will anchor monthly specials and breaking news events. He will also anchor special coverage across multiple platforms, including Peacock. Given his expanded responsibilities across the networks, Díaz-Balart will move on from his current role as anchor of Telemundo’s nightly newscast “Noticias Telemundo” at the end of the month.

“I’m privileged to anchor MSNBC’s 10 a.m. hour to report on the issues that matter to all communities across America,” said Díaz-Balart. “It has been my honor to serve as the anchor of ‘Noticias Telemundo’ where we rigorously cover the most important news for the Latino community. I look forward to this unique role where I can reach different audiences in English and Spanish across the NBCUniversal News Group and Telemundo.”

“José is one of the most trusted names in news, and I’ve been a longtime admirer of his work,” said Rashida Jones, president of MSNBC. “I had the pleasure of working with José in the past, most recently for the presidential debates. His expertise in politics, passion for his craft, and commitment to getting the story right come through every time he’s on air. I’m excited for him to bring that back to the network on a daily basis.”

“It’s an extraordinary privilege for any newsroom to have José among its ranks,” said Luis Fernandez, president of Noticias Telemundo. “Throughout his career he has shown an unwavering commitment to covering stories and issues that impact the Latino community in the United States. His expanded role across the three networks is a testament to his many talents and a recognition of his position as one of the most distinguished journalists on television.”

A groundbreaking pioneer in the news industry, Díaz-Balart was the first journalist to anchor two different evening newscasts on separate broadcast networks in English and Spanish when he took over the Saturday edition of “NBC Nightly News” in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he served as an anchor on MSNBC dayside. 

Díaz-Balart began his journalism career in 1983. He has reported on some of the most consequential news stories in recent history, including presidential elections in the United States and Latin America, and moderated U.S. presidential debates. He has interviewed every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan in addition to hundreds of newsmakers, political leaders and thought leaders.

He joined Noticias Telemundo in 2000, where he has anchored multiple programs, including “Esta Mañana,” “Hoy en el Mundo,” and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.” In 2009, he took over as the main anchor for “Noticias Telemundo.”

An award-winning anchor with a career that has spanned more than 35 years, Díaz-Balart has received numerous accolades including four Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hispanic Federation and the Broadcast & Cable/Multichannel News Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. He was also appointed as the inaugural Georgetown University Politics Visiting Fellow.

Díaz-Balart will take the helm of the 10 a.m. slot on MSNBC as Hallie Jackson shifts to the 3 p.m. hour currently hosted by Ayman Mohyeldin. Mohyeldin will premiere a new show during MSNBC weekend primetime on Sept. 18.

Díaz-Balart’s appointment comes at a time when MSNBC (M-Su 6am-6am) continues to dominate CNN as the #2 network across all of cable for five years in a row, jumping from the #34 cable network in 2015 to the #2 cable network in 2020. MSNBC dayside (M-F 9am-4pm) has grown more than FOX News and CNN combined since 2015 (+270% vs. CNN’s +111% and FOX News’ +8%). MSNBC dayside has added viewers every year for the last six years.