N.J. Burkett Biography
N.J. Burkett (full name – Newton Jones Burkett) is an American Emmy Award-winning Reporter and Correspondent working for WABC in New York City as a Correspondent. He joined the station in July 1989.
N.J. Burkett Age / Birthday
Burkett was born on May 6, 1962, in the City of Orange, New Jersey, United States. As a result, he is 60 years old as of 2022 and celebrates his birthday on May 6 every year.
N.J. Burkett Height / Measurements
Burkett is of average body stature and stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m).
N.J. Burkett Partner / Wife
Burkett is married to Margie Rice Burkett, a realtor at Douglas Elliman East Norwich. They tied the knot in the year 1998 at a simple wedding ceremony held in the United States.
N.J. Burkett Kids / Children
Burkett and his wife Margie Rice are proud parents to their 2 children, Amanda Burkett (daughter) and Newton-Jones Burkett IV (son). Newton-Jones is 24 years old as of 2022 having been born in the year 1998. Amanda is 22 years old as of 2022 having been born in the year 2000. Burkett likes spending his spare time with his children and wife. The family lives in Huntington, New York.
N.J. Burkett Family / Relatives
Burkett is of white ethnicity and grew up in New Jersey. He manages to keep information regarding his parents away from the limelight. Additionally, he shares no information regarding whether he has any siblings or not. We will update this information once it’s available.
N.J. Burkett Education
Burkett attended Columbia University in 1980 and then graduated 4 years later with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science and Government. In 1985, he joined he obtained a Master of International Affairs, Arms Control, International Media, and Communications from the same university.
N.J. Burkett Career
Burkett serves at WABC as a correspondent. His unique production and storytelling skills, as well as award-winning international coverage, have added a unique dimension to the station’s report on metropolitan New York. Over the years with the station, he covered diplomacy and war, aviation disasters, race relations, politics and crime, police misconduct, and natural disasters.
Burkett together with his photographer narrowly escaped the collapse of the South Tower, after the 2 jets hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The work of Burkett and his photographer appeared on TV news broadcasts around the country, as well as across the globe, and is on permanent exhibit at the Newseum in Washington D.C.
In the year 2003, Burkett went to cover the Iraq war and he spent 3 months there, following the subsequent military build-up. He has also reported on the terrorist bombings in London and Madrid and the war between Hezbollah and Israel in Southern Lebanon. Burkett has covered Yasir Arafat’s (Palestinian leader) death, the Israeli-Hamas War in Gaza, 3 Israeli national elections,
In the year 2011, Burkett was the only local New York correspondent to cover the nuclear accident, the aftermath of the historic 9.0 earthquake, and the tsunami, from Japan. In 2010, Burkett was the 1st journalist to cover the earthquake in Haiti. He was among the ABC7NY’s lead reporters for numerous biggest stories such as Superstorm Sandy, landmark police misconduct trials, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the crash of TWA Flight 800.
In the year 2001, Burkett investigated and uncovered the numerous homeless New York people that complained that New York City’s municipal shelters were unsafe. Before Burkett joined WABC – ABC7NY, he served at WFSB-TV (CBS) in Hartford, Connecticut as a correspondent for 3 years (1986-1989).
N.J. Burkett Awards and Honors
Burkett holds a number of the most prestigious awards in TV news in America. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) honored Burkett with 2 coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards. Burkett also holds 4 Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement in 2007 and 2003. He has also been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards.
Burkett and his ABC News colleagues won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award. These awards were for their coverage of the 9/11 attacks. Montclair State University recognized Burkett with the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award in the year 2008 for his “major contributions to the broadcasting field.” He serves at NATAS – the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as the First Vice Chairman. He formerly served at the Academy’s flagship chapter in New York as a Trustee and President.
N.J. Burkett Salary
Burkett receives an annual income ranging between $30,000 and $90,000.
N.J. Burkett Net Worth
Through Burkett’s career as a Reporter and Correspondent, he has been able to accumulate a net worth that ranges between $1 Million and $ 5 Million.
N.J. Burkett Surgery
On March 11, 2018, Burkett explained his disappearance from TV through a post on his official Facebook Page where he posted his pic and captioned it that he was recovering from elective surgery. He stated that he would not be on air for quite a while until he regains his strength and the pain subsided. Burkett ultimately recovered and returned to the newscast.
N.J. Burkett Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Burkett is active on his social media accounts. He has about 27K followers on his Facebook Page, about 15K followers on his Twitter account, and around 9300 followers on his Instagram account.
N.J. Burkett WABC – ABC7NY
Burkett works at WABC – ABC7NY where he works with his fellow colleagues who are anchors, reporters, and meteorologists and they include;
- Crystal Cranmore
- Naveen Dhaliwal
- Josh Einiger
- Lauren Glassberg
- Toni Yates
- Darla Miles
- Mike Marza
- CeFaan Kim
- Dan Krauth
- Chanteé Lans
- Heather O’Rourke
- Stacey Sager