N.J .Burkett  | ABC7 WABC News Team
N.J. Burkett joined the Eyewitness News team in 1989. His distinctive storytelling, production skills and award-winning international reporting have added a unique dimension to WABC-TV's coverage of metropolitan New York.

He has reported on everything from war and diplomacy to crime and politics; from aviation disasters to natural disasters, race relations and police misconduct.

On September 11, 2001, after the two jets struck the World Trade Center, N.J. and his photographer narrowly escaped the subsequent collapse of the South Tower. Their work was later seen on television news broadcasts across the nation and around the world and is on permanent exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

N.J. spent nearly three months covering the war in Iraq in 2003, and the military build-up that preceded it. He covered the terrorist bombings in Madrid (2004) and London (2005), as well as the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon (2006), the Israeli-Hamas War in Gaza (2009-10) as well as three Israeli national elections and the death of Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat (2004). N.J. witnessed the historic Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip (2005) and chronicled the Palestinian popular uprising, known as the Intifadeh, in a series of overseas assignments from 2000-2004.

He was the only local New York television news correspondent to report from Japan after the historic 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in 2011, and the first among his colleagues to report from Haiti after the earthquake there, in 2010.

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. When a growing number of homeless New Yorkers complained that the city's municipal shelters were unsafe, N.J. went undercover for several weeks in the winter of 2001, disguised as a homeless man. He and an undercover photographer slept in New York's most notorious men's shelter.

N. J.'s work has been honored with several of the most prestigious awards in American television news. He is a two-time winner of the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (formerly the RTNDA) and a four-time Emmy Award winner, including the Emmy for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement in 2003 and 2007. N.J. has received fifteen Emmy Nominations.

He shared the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award with his colleagues at ABC News for his reporting on the September 11th terrorist attacks. In 2008, he was presented with the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award by Montclair State University for his "significant contributions to the field of broadcasting."

N.J. is the First Vice Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and a former Trustee and past President of the Academy's flagship chapter in New York.

His full name is Newton Jones Burkett. Before joining WABC-TV, N. J. was a correspondent for WFSB-TV, the CBS station in Hartford, CT., from 1986-1989. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master's in International Affairs, both from Columbia University.

N.J's Stories
Robot to help patrol Times Square subway station
The K5 Autonomous Security Robot is equipped with cameras to send live video and other intelligence back to the Police Department.
Former NYC Buildings Commissioner Eric Ulrich indicted on bribery charges
Ulrich is named in five separate indictments spanning two years, while he was a New York City councilman, an advisor to Mayor Adams and city Buildings Commissioner.
Office workers return to NYC in higher numbers but fall short of pre-pandemic levels
A recent survey showed that we are back to just 64% of people working in office compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Brutal attack of woman with her own cane caught on video by MTA transit worker
The entire incident took place in full view of the station agent who was safely locked behind bulletproof glass.
Officials sound alarm on growing mail theft 'epidemic' plaguing New York City
According to the U.S. Postal Service, there have been more 25,000 mail theft incidents in the first half of fiscal year 2023.
Toll hikes now in effect on MTA bridges and tunnels. What you need to know for the morning commute
It now costs more to take MTA bridges and tunnels after toll increases recently approved by the agency went into effect Sunday.
Red flags suggest possible COVID-19 resurgence in NYC, doctor says
Testing is still available and recommended for anyone who may have been exposed to someone who's contracted COVID-19.
MTA Board approves subway, bus fare hikes; will discuss congestion pricing
It is the first fare hike since 2019 and the first increase in the base subway and bus fare since 2015.
NYPD Commissioner Sewell tours crime-ravaged Staten Island neighborhood
NJ Burkett visited one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods with NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who walked the streets of the Stapleton, where there has been a surge in gun violence.
MTA moves forward with plans to install platform doors in three subway stations
The three stations set to be outfitted with these gates include the 7 train at Times Square, the L train at 3rd Avenue and the E train at Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue in Queens.