Latinovators

Jose Diaz-Balart
Noticiero Telemundo, Host


José Díaz-Balart is the host of "MSNBC Live with José Díaz-Balart" weekdays from 9-11 a.m. ET in addition to anchoring two programs on Telemundo, “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” and “Noticiero Telemundo.”

Díaz-Balart began his career in 1984 and has since become one of the most respected voices in Hispanic journalism in the United States. Over the past 30 years, he has witnessed and reported historic events for prestigious news media such as NBC News and Telemundo. His achievements include being the only journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.

Díaz-Balart has received numerous accolades for his work, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, and the Broadcasting & Cable/Multichannel News 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. Most recently he was honored with the 2014 Life Achievement Award by the Hispanic Federation and the Communications Award by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Follow him on Twitter @jdbalart.

Laurie Hernandez
U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold and silver medalist

 

16-year-old rising star, Laurie Hernandez is an U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold and silver medalist who began taking gymnastics at age 5 after she became bored with dance class. She’s captivated the hearts of millions of viewers with her charismatic personality and smile. Born in New Brunswick, NJ to Anthony and Wanda Hernandez; she is of Puerto Rican descent. Nicknamed the “Human Emoji” she recently competed on and won Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. She’s also coined as a sponsored athlete for Crest and Orgullosa and is working to connect and inspire Latinas nationwide.