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
Coronavirus News: Woman credits experimental drug hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 recovery
Suzanne Schwing, who was treated with the experimental drug hydroxychloroquine to fight the coronavirus, is sharing her recovery story.
Homeless man arrested after woman punched, shoved onto subway tracks in Brooklyn
A homeless man has been arrested after police say he randomly pushed a woman onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn.
Schools chancellor, first lady address anti-Semitism with public school students
New York City schools are taking steps to tackle anti-Semitism and bias crimes amid the uptick in incidents that include the deadly shootout in Jersey City and the Hanukkah stabbings in Monsey.
Missing dog reunited with family minutes before Christmas
The 11-year-old Shih Tzu named Bella vanished from the family's yard in Ronkonkoma last week. She was reunited with her family two minutes before midnight on Christmas Day.
Details of TWU, MTA 4-year contract deal that avoids potential strike
Details are emerging of the tentative deal after leaders of the MTA and Transport Workers Union Local 100 reached an agreement to avoid a strike.
Long Island teenager recovers from rare polio-like illness
Alec Woodruff suffered from a polio-like illness known as AFM, one of only 600 cases of the disease in the US in the past five years.
500,000 skip bus, subway fare every day, costing city $300 million annually: Transit Authority
According to the Transit Authority, more than half a million people push their way onto buses or breeze past the turnstiles every day.
City Council grills MTA brass over deficits, service upgrades
At one point, Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the agency's looming deficits truly frightening, and the MTA's Chief Financial Officer Robert Forman essentially agreed with him.
MTA bus drivers stall Brooklyn commute with 'safety slowdown' amid contract dispute
Commuters on Friday experienced delays as workers who are prohibited from striking conducted a so-called "safety slowdown."
Exclusive: Widow of fallen FDNY firefighter speaking out, calling for change
Eileen Davidson is pushing for change, saying her husband Michael Davidson didn't have to die in the March 2018 fire on the set of "Motherless Brooklyn."