The Multicultural Media and Correspondents Association awarded MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart the 2022 TV Broadcast Journalist of the Year award.
Díaz-Balart received the award at the 7th annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner held in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night.
In receiving the award, Díaz-Balart—who is Cuban-American—said, “Next month, I will celebrate my 38th year as a television reporter. I am terrible at math, but I just did a rough guesstimate of things and found that I have reported about 9,000 times. 9,000 moments, 9,000 experiences, 9,000 people, life lessons, life experiences.”
He added, “Nothing has been more important—or rewarding—than to be able to shine a light on those who live their lives, oftentimes in the shadows. To listen to—and amplify— the voices of those who are often silent or silenced. May we all always serve as mirrors to our communities, reflecting all the things that make us unique, while also demonstrating the overarching universality of the human condition. That is the leitmotif of my life mission. A mission that has been possible thanks to NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo.”
Díaz-Balart anchors MSNBC’s weekday 10 a.m ET show José Díaz-Balart Reports, a role he has had since September 2021. In addition to that, he also anchors NBC Night News Saturday and frequently substitutes for the weekday and Sunday broadcasts. He also anchors breaking news and special events coverage for Telemundo and hosts monthly specials.
The Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner brings together media owners, policymakers, executives, journalists, and celebrities to celebrate Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) media excellence.
Other 2022 honorees included Washington Post’s national security reporter Ellen Nakashima, actress Jennifer Lewis—and former co-host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and co-founder of YoSy Media, Sybil Wilkes.