Who is N.J. Burkett?
N.J. Burkett is a veteran journalist and correspondent for WABC-TV. His creative storytelling, production skill sets, and award-winning internationally recognized journalism have given WABC-TV’s coverage of metropolitan New York a unique look.
He became a member of the Eyewitness News staff in 1989. He has covered a wide range of topics, including politics, crime, and aviation mishaps as well as natural disasters, racial tensions, and police misconduct.
N. J. Burkett Was Born in New Jersey
Burkett was born on May 6, 1962, in Orange, New Jersey, United States. He claims that the decision to use the initials “N.J.” was not a reference to his native state, but rather an attempt by his agency and a station president to make him appear less “aristocratic.” N.J. is currently 61 years old.
N. J. Burkett Height
Burkett stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches.
N. J. Burkett Wife
Burkett is married to Margie Rice Burkett, a professional realtor. They held their wedding in 1998. N.J. and his wife celebrated their 25-year wedding anniversary in 2023. The couple has two children together, a son named Newton-Jones Burkett IV and a daughter named Amanda Burkett.
N. J. Burkett Education
Burkett holds a BA in political science and a master’s in international affairs, both from Columbia University.
N. J. Burkett WABC-TV
Burkett joined the Eyewitness News team in 1989. In one of his memorable career highlights, he and his photographer narrowly avoided the collapse of the South Tower that followed the two jets hitting the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Later, their work could be seen on television news programs all throughout the country and the globe, and it is now permanently displayed at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
The historic 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident in Japan happened in 2011, and he was the first of his colleagues to report from Haiti after its earthquake in 2010. He was the only local New York television news correspondent to cover the event.
In New York, N.J. has been one of WABC-TV’s lead reporters for many of the region’s biggest stories, from Superstorm Sandy to the crash of TWA Flight 800, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and landmark police misconduct trials.
In the winter of 2001, N.J. went undercover for several weeks while pretending to be a homeless man in response to complaints from an increasing number of New Yorkers without homes about the safety of the city’s municipal shelters. He spent the night in the most notorious men’s shelter in New York with a covert photographer.
N. J. has won four Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement in 2003 and 2007. He has also won two Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (formerly the RTNDA).
He worked as a correspondent for WFSB-TV, a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1986 to 1989 before joining WABC-TV.
N. J. Burkett Salary and Net Worth
Burkett earns approximately $154,647. He generates his income from his career as a journalist. N.J. has a net worth that ranges between $1 million – $3 million. He has created a stable source of income thanks to his career which spans over 3 decades.