ORLANDO, Fla. - Channel Nine Eyewitness News announced an exciting change that will pair Jorge Estevez and Nancy Alvarez together on the news desk.
Alvarez and Estevez will co-anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news on WFTV on Sunday evenings. On sister station WRDQ, they will deliver the 10 p.m. news Sunday through Thursday.
WFTV General Manager Shawn Bartelt enthusiastically endorsed the new team. “Both are great anchor-reporters,” said Bartelt. “We want two watchable anchors who have great chemistry.”
Alvarez and Estevez have both served at Channel Nine as anchor-reporters, pitching and producing compelling investigations when not delivering the news. Estevez recently won two Emmys for his work on “Tornado Touchdown- Real Stories of Survival.” Alvarez, whose investigative reporting earned her several Emmy nominations, has worked in Central Florida since 2000. They have filled in on newscasts together in the past, and their chemistry is what prompted the station’s decision to pair them permanently.
“They’re close friends, and it shows on television,” said News Director Matt Parcell, adding, “They present the news in a personable way.”
The change will make them the first Hispanic team to anchor an English language newscast in the market.