Puerto Rican born, thirteen-time Emmy® award-winning journalist to co-anchor 5 PM weekday edition of "Noticiero 47 Telemundo" starting in late March
FORT LEE, NJ – (February 24, 2020) – Continuing its commitment to delivering best in class journalism to the Spanish-speaking communities of the Tri-State area, Telemundo 47 / WNJU today announced the addition of veteran journalist David Rodriguez to the station’s news team. Rodriguez will co-anchor the 5 PM weekday edition of “Noticiero 47 Telemundo” and also work as a general assignment reporter, regularly appearing on the 11 PM weekday newscasts. He joins the station on Monday, March 16, with his first on-air appearance expected later that month.
“David is an experienced, hard-working journalist who understands the issues most important to Latino communities. We are thrilled that he will be joining our Telemundo 47 news family and we can’t wait for our viewers to meet him,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
With nearly two decades of experience reporting news for Spanish-language audiences within the country’s most diverse markets, Rodriguez joins Telemundo 47’s news team after eight years as a morning news anchor and general assignment reporter for Telemundo 51/WSCV in South Florida. During this time, he covered many of region’s most memorable stories including the tragic 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the deadly 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University, the 2017 landfall of Hurricane Irma in the Keys and Naples, Florida, as well as the 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections. He has also viewers aboard NOAA’s “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft as it descended in to the eye of Hurricane Dorian and covered international news events such as the 2016 presidential elections in the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez’s commitment to journalistic excellence has been recognized with 13 local Emmy® awards, including for investigative reporting, news specials and on-air talent.
A native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez has extensively chronicled the island’s post-Maria recovery and rebuilding efforts over the past two years as part of Telemundo Station’s coverage pool and Telemundo Network, including for “Noticias Telemundo” and “Un Nuevo Dia”. In 2019, he returned to the island to cover the resignation of former Governor Ricardo Rossello and the subsequent governmental transition. Additionally, Rodriguez and Telemundo 47 news anchor Allan Villafana were two of the mainland’s first broadcast journalists to deliver live updates from Ponce, Puerto Rico following the last month’s devastating earthquakes.
Rodriguez also maintains ties to The Bronx, where he spent most summers as a child and watched Telemundo 47 news and entertainment programming on a near-daily basis. His father resided in the Borough for nearly 30 years, with numerous family members still residing there to this day. Rodriguez has also marched in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.
“This is a homecoming for me. I grew up watching Telemundo 47 and have long admired the station’s anchors and reporters, who represent the very best in journalism. They are visible and approachable in the community, ask the questions that their viewers want answered and deliver journalism that matters in their daily lives. I look forward to joining the station and getting to work in the coming weeks,” added Rodriguez.
Prior to joining Telemundo 51, Rodriguez worked as a reporter and producer on WKAQ-AM, the first radio station established in Puerto Rico. He also worked as a member of Univision Puerto Rico’s television news team. Rodriguez is a member of NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists) and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He later earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Barcelona, earning the degree through a dual program administered with Columbia University.
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About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament.
Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.
Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered more than $2 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format.
As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at Telemundo47.com, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.
John Durso, Jr.