Best TV News Anchor - 2013
An outline of Jackie Nespral's perfectly coiffed bob might as well be the logo for NBC 6's news department. Just a year shy of her 20th anniversary at the station, Nespral is one of Miami's few longtime, on-air veterans left after a series of shakeups, firings, and retirements. She has anchored through a studio relocation, numerous co-anchors, and just about every major news story in South Florida over the past two decades. Perhaps she owes her longevity in this town to her Miami roots. She got her start in television as a model on Sábado Gigante, was an Orange Bowl queen, and has degrees from the University of Miami and Florida International University. She escaped for a few years in the early '90s to become the first Hispanic news anchor on American broadcast TV by hosting the weekend edition of Today. Ultimately, though, Miami pulled her back, and she's been here ever since. We all know what the J in WTVJ really stands for.