José Díaz-Balart: ‘The More Diversity in Our Newsrooms, the Better For Everyone’

By Chris Ariens 

Telemundo and NBC News anchor José Díaz-Balart will be in Chicago Sunday hosting a town hall that will be attended by, among others, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich. The town hall will explore the questions and concerns about the implementation of Pres. Trump’s immigration policy.

“Latinos demand reliable information that helps them make decisions that can affect their world,” Díaz-Balart tells TVNewser. “Sunday’s Town Hall is another example of how we are empowering our community.”

Díaz-Balart will anchor NBC Nightly News from New York Saturday, then make his way to Chicago.

In an interview earlier this week we talked with one of Díaz-Balart’s competitors, Tom Llamas, who anchors the weekend editions of ABC’s World News Tonight. Llamas considers Díaz-Balart a mentor. “I watched him growing up. And I met him when we both worked at the NBC station in Miami,” Llamas said. “We know that [on Saturdays] we look down at the monitors, and we know there’s a friend on the other end. We’re competitors, but José will always be my friend.”

“Tom is a good friend and a great journalist,” Díaz-Balart says in response. “For me it’s a matter of pride to see another Latino leading a network newscast. The more diversity in our newsrooms, the better for everyone.”

Latinos Venciendo el Miedo (Latinos Overcoming Fear) will air Sunday night on Telemundo at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.