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Jose Diaz-Balart was named field anchor of CBS News This Morning in April 1997. He joined CBS News as a co-anchor for This Morning when it premiered in August 1996, becoming the first Cuban-American to anchor a network news broadcast.
Previously, Diaz-Balart worked for WTVJ-TV Miami, where he had been the co-anchor of the 12:00 noon and 5:30 PM broadcasts. He joined the station in July 1988 as the weekend co-anchor.
While there, Diaz-Balart was awarded two Emmys and received nominations for two others. He received four Hispanic Excellence in Journalism awards and The Associated Press award for excellence in reporting in 1989.
He was part of the WTVJ team awarded the George Foster Peabody award and the Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University award for its coverage of Hurricane Andrew.
Diaz-Balart is a veteran of international broadcast news, having served as the Washington bureau chief for Telemundo Network News and, prior to that, as its European bureau chief in Madrid, Spain. Previously, he was the Central American bureau chief for Spanish International Network, now Univision, based in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Diaz-Balart was the Florida broadcast editor for UPI in Miami. He began his broadcast career as a reporter at WQSA Radio in Sarasota, Florida.
He was born Nov. 7, 1960 in Fort Lauderdale. He graduated from New College in Sarasota and attended the University of Cambridge in England.