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Jackie Nespral

Jackie Nespral

Jackie Nespral was born in Florida to Cuban parents in 1966 and grew up in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  She graduated from St. Brendan High School in 1984 and later from the University of Miami with degrees in Psychology and Communications, and Florida International University with a degree in Print and Broadcast Journalism.

She kick started her career in the Spanish-language Univision’s Sabado Gigante show and then moved on to host the Noticias y Mas program.  Nespral also worked as a reporter in TV Marti and Dynamic Cablevision, the latter being a CNN affiliate.

In 1991, Nespral moved to New York City where joined The Today Show as a co-host, becoming the first Hispanic American network television news anchor. After several years of success, she moved back to Miami and took on the role of anchorwoman for WTVJ-TV (NBC) where she continues to anchor the evening newscast.

Jackie Nespral is also a board director member for the March of Dimes organization and the University of Miami. She has earned four Emmy Awards, an Easter Seals award and an honorable mention from the American Women in Radio and TV organization, and has also been awarded the key to Miami.

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