Emmy Award-winning journalist Jackie Nespral became the first Hispanic ever to anchor a network news program when she was tapped for NBC's Weekend Today show in 1992.
After commuting between Miami and New York for three years, she chose to continue her career in South Florida with NBC6. She currently anchors “NBC 6 News” at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm alongside NBC6 anchor Jawan Strader and chief meteorologist John Morales. Jackie is also the host of Impact, a locally produced half-hour show dedicated to politics and current events, which airs Sundays at 9:30am.
While with NBC news, Nespral became known for her interviews with prominent figures, ranging from national and international leaders to celebrities. She has extensive experience covering stories such as the first US presidential visit in Havana, Papal visits to Cuba, presidential inaugurations, presidential debates, hurricanes, and the World Series and NBA championships among others. Her work has been recognized with six Emmy® awards and a Silver Circle Award for her work of over 25 years in the industry.
Prior to Joining NBC news, Nespral was the anchor of the one-hour live national newscast of “Noticias y Más” at the Univision network in 1991. She also worked as a reporter and weekend anchor for “Televisión Marti” and Dynamic Cablevision, a CNN affiliate in Miami.
A South Florida native, Nespral has remained a familiar face throughout the community. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami where she also served as the first Hispanic woman past president of the University of Miami Alumni Association. She is on the board and actively involved in Amigos For Kids.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes, the Columbia Women’s Center, South Miami Hospital's Child Development Center and the School of Communications at The University of Miami. In addition, she gained a unique perspective of the community by serving as the Orange Bowl Queen in 1985-86. She was also tapped for the highest honor achieved at the University of Miami, the Iron Arrow.
Nespral received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in Communications from the University of Miami. She also completed two years of post-graduate studies in print and broadcast journalism at Florida International University.
Nespral and husband Armando are proud parents of daughters Carolina, Frances, Isabella and son Armando Jr.