N. J. Burkett Biography
N. J. Burkett works as a correspondent for WABC-TV, America’s largest ABC television station. He joined the Eyewitness News team in July 1989 after working as a journalist for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1986.
How old is N. J. Burkett? – Age
He is 59 years old as of 6 May 2021. He was born in 1962 in the City of Orange, New Jersey, United States.
What is Nj Burkett’s real name?
He was born Newton Jones Burkett, III. He claims that he chose the initials “N.J.” as a result of his agency and a station president’s efforts to make him appear less “aristocratic,” rather than as a tribute to his native state.
Is N. J. Burkett Married? – Family
He is married to Margie Rice Burkett. The couple married in 1988 and has two children; Newton-Jones Burkett IV born in 1998, and Amanda Burkett born in 2000.
How much does Nj Burkett make? – Salary
He earns an annual salary of $100,00.
N. J. Burkett Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
N. J. Burkett 9/11
Burkett recounted the morning of September 11, 2001, during Sussex County’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. He and cameraman Marty Glembotzky of WABC television in New York City “sped the 80 blocks downtown when we heard” that an airliner had crashed into one of the Twin Towers. The second tower was then hit by a second plane. While he had been on at least one television talk show and narrated films about the events of 9/11, this was Burkett’s first time attending one as a speaker.
N. J. Burkett Career
From war and diplomacy to crime and politics, from aviation mishaps to natural disasters, race relations, and police misbehavior, he has covered it all. After the two aircraft hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, N.J. and his photographer narrowly avoided the South Tower’s ensuing collapse. Their art has since been featured on national and international television news broadcasts and is on permanent display at the Newseum in Washington, DC. N.J. covered the war in Iraq in 2003 for nearly three months, as well as the military build-up that preceded it.
He covered the terrorist bombings in Madrid (2004) and London (2005), as well as the wars between Israel and Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon (2006), the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza (2009-10) and the death of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat (2004). In a succession of international jobs from 2000 to 2004, N.J. observed the historic Israeli evacuation from Gaza (2005) and chronicled the Palestinian popular revolt, known as the Intifadeh.
He was the sole local New York television news correspondent to cover the historic 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, and the first among his colleagues to cover the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. N.J. has covered many of the region’s greatest stories for WABC-TV in New York, from Superstorm Sandy to the TWA Flight 800 crash, the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and landmark police misconduct prosecutions. In the winter of 2001, after a growing number of homeless New Yorkers complained that the city’s municipal shelters were hazardous, N.J. went undercover as a homeless guy for several weeks.
He stayed in New York’s most notorious men’s shelter with an undercover photographer. Several of the most important honors in American television news have been given to N. J.’s work. He is a two-time winner of the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (previously the RTNDA) prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and a four-time Emmy Award winner, including the Emmy for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement in 2003 and 2007. N.J. has been nominated for fifteen Emmy Awards.
For his coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks, he shared the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award with his ABC News colleagues. He received the Allen Award in 2008. Montclair State University honored him with the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2008 for his “major contributions to the world of broadcasting.”
N.J. is the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ First Vice Chairman, as well as a former Trustee and President of the Academy’s flagship branch in New York.
N. J. worked as a correspondent for WFSB-TV, a CBS station in Hartford, CT, from 1986 to 1989 before joining WABC-TV. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s in International Affairs.