Jawan Strader co-anchors NBC 6 South Florida Today weekdays from 5-7am alongside Pam Giganti, meteorologist Ryan Phillips and traffic reporter, Kelly Blanco. Strader is an award winning journalist with almost 20 years’ experience.
He is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, but has called South Florida home for almost 10 years. His career has taken him from South Bend, Indiana, to Tulsa, Austin, Washington D.C., Cleveland, and Miami. The Indiana University Journalism and Speech Communication graduate most recently worked at the local CBS affiliate where he was a Weekend Anchor, 10PM Anchor and Morning Anchor.
Strader is known for covering some of the biggest stories in South Florida from the field and on the anchor desk. He walked viewers through the intense hurricanes that hit South Florida in recent years. Strader connected with the South Florida Cuban American community in Little Havana in celebration of the transition of power of Fidel Castro. And from the anchor desk, he walked viewers through the terrible shooting deaths of two Miami-Dade police officers minutes after it happened.
Aside from his journalism skills, Strader is known for the hard work he does in the community. He has received numerous awards for his public service including the Award of Distinction
for Media Coverage of Public Education by The Education Fund of Miami-Dade. Strader is also a Motivational Speaker who has inspired students and employees from different businesses
across South Florida to believe in themselves and overcome obstacles. He is a strong believer in mentoring and helping others. Strader credits his mother with laying a strong foundation as a single-parent to make sure he overcame obstacles.
Strader is a big sports fan and can be seen cheering on the Miami Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.