Jawan Strader is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 20-years of journalism experience. Strader co-anchors NBC 6 News, weeknights at 5, 6 and 11:00 P.M. with Jackie Nespral.
He is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, but has called South Florida home for over a decade. His career has taken him from South Bend, Indiana, to Tulsa, Austin, Washington D.C., Cleveland, and Miami. The Indiana University Journalism and Speech Communications graduate joined WTVJ NBC 6 in 2012. Before joining WTVJ he worked at the local CBS affiliate where he was a Weekend Anchor, 10 P.M. 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.
Most importantly, Strader is a proud father and husband. He loves spending time with his family and wife Yolanda.