Noticias Telemundo Anchor Jose Diaz-Balart received the 2017 Latinovator Award

Noticias Telemundo and NBC News Anchor José Díaz-Balart received the 2017 Latinovator Award in a ceremony hosted by the NBC4 Southern California reporter and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Mekahlo Medina during the the eighth annual Hispanicize 2017 Week ( In addition to anchoring the daily newscast Noticias Telemundo and NBC NIGHTLY NEWS Saturday's edition, Diaz-Balart hosts Telemundo's Sunday current affairs program "Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart," and is a regular contributor to NBC's "Meet the Press".

Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and over the past three decades has witnessed and reported historic events for prestigious news media around the world. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including four Emmy awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, and the Broadcasting & Cable/Multichannel News 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. He was recently honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Hispanic Federation and the Communications Award by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Established in 2012, the Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other high achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievements are remarkable or inspirational. Recipients are presented individually with their awards at a special general session and discuss their inspirations, challenges, business habits and road to success.

Previous Latinovator recipients include acting legend Rita Moreno, television icon Don Francisco, veteran actor Luis Guzman, journalist Soledad O'Brien, iconic producer Emilio Estefan, news anchor Maria Elena Salinas, famed musician Sheila E., Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sanchez, actor Carlos Ponce, among others.

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