Master of Ceremonies 2018

Zoraida

Zoraida Sambolin

Anchor/Reporter, NBC 5 News

Zoraida Sambolin, an Emmy winning journalist, is the Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC 5 News Today. She rejoined the morning team in March of 2013 after spending two years as co-anchor of CNN‘s Early Start.

While at CNN Sambolin covered numerous breaking news stories including the Colorado Theatre shootings, the Boston bombings and the Cleveland kidnappings, and she field-anchored the Newtown Connecticut school massacre. In April of 2012, Sambolin was diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to return to her hometown of Chicago explaining to her colleagues and viewers at CNN that “tomorrow is not promised.”

Sambolin returned to the familiarity of the station where she began her career. She originally joined WMAQ in the summer of 2002 and began reporting for Telemundo the following year. As the first Chicago on-air broadcaster to work at both English and Spanish language stations simultaneously, she broke new ground for Latinos in the No. 3 market in the country.

She has served as host of Un Buen Doctor, a weekly Spanish language medical series airing on cable stations worldwide and has won numerous awards for work on two parenting programs created for cable distribution.

Sambolin volunteers for numerous organizations and has an special interest in raising awareness about breast cancer in underserved communities.
Returning to NBC5 News has been “like coming home,” Sambolin has said. She is happy to return to her morning show seat and the Chicago viewers she missed.

Sambolin lives in Chicago with her husband Ken Williams and her 2 children Nicolas and Sofia.