Award-winning journalist Jose Diaz-Balart is stepping down as host of his MSNBC morning program “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart” and picking up a new role as Saturday anchor at NBC Nightly News all while continuing his duties as anchor at Telemundo Network.
“This is a significant moment for the broadcast and a true testament to Jose’s many talents,” said Janelle Rodriguez, SVP of Editorial at NBC News. “We are thrilled that he’ll officially join our top-notch lineup with Lester Holt on weeknights and Kate Snow on Sundays.”
This new role puts Diaz-Balart in the position of being the first journalist to deliver the news in both English and Spanish, on two main television networks.
“He will now hold the historic distinction of occupying preeminent anchor positions on two major broadcast networks in two languages,” Rodriguez said.
But this is not the first time Diaz-Balart makes it in the history books, in 1996 he became the first Cuban-American to host the CBS Morning News.
Excited about his new venture the ex-WTVJ alum took to his various social media platforms to share the news with his followers and to express his gratitude about joining NBC Nightly News:
The 55 year-old news anchor already part of the Nightly News rotating cast of anchors since November 2015 starts his official day as permanent Saturday host on August 6th at 6pm
You can also catch Jose Diaz-Balart on the Telemundo Network News Monday thru Friday at 6:30pm and on Sunday at 12 noon on the public affairs program Enfoque.
Telemundo and NBC Universal are both owned by Comcast Corp.