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Lynda Baquero is an Emmy award-winning correspondent who has been with the NBC family in a variety of high profile positions since 1995. She is NBC 4 New York’s consumer reporter and member of the I-Team, the station’s investigative unit, reporting on stories to address and resolve consumer complaints as well as delivering news on consumer alerts.
Baquero is host of the popular weekly segment, “Freebie Friday” Every Friday on News 4 at 5pm, viewers can tune in to find out about free deals on events, dining, beauty, pet products and more.
Baquero is also host of the long-running segment, “Visiones.” Each week, Baquero shines a spotlight on what’s happening in the Hispanic community in the tri-state area. She interviews newsmakers, community leaders and celebrities who are helping make a difference. The segment focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, as well as the arts, health and upcoming events. “Visiones” airs every Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. on “Weekend Today in New York.”
Baquero has filed numerous reports for the station both at home and abroad, including many stories on Puerto Rico and its economy, as well as covering President Obama’s visit in 2012. She also reported from Salt Lake City and Atlanta during the Olympic Games, the Mideast as Pope John Paul II traveled to the Holy Land, and Cuba to report on the economy and the state of religion as the country prepared for the Pope’s historic visit. Baquero covered the arrival and devastating aftermath of Hurricane Georges, traveling to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico. Baquero also traveled to Fort Bragg in North Carolina for a series of reports titled “Women in Combat.”
Baquero joined NBC 4 in 1995 from NY1 News where she was a daily news anchor and consumer reporter for three years. At NY1, Baquero was one of two-dozen “video journalists” responsible for researching, writing, shooting and editing her own stories. Prior to NY1, Baquero was at WCBS-TV, New York, for five years. While there she worked in almost every aspect of the newsroom ranging from desk assistant, to researcher, to assignment editor, and finally associate producer of the daily consumer action segment, “Troubleshooter.”
Baquero has also worked as an associate producer of “NELY!” a talk show produced at WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, and for Telemundo where she wrote and co-produced various Spanish-language network specials.
A year after joining NBC 4, Baquero was named co-anchor of the station’s popular weekend editions of “Today in New York.” She held that post for two years before moving to anchor the weekend evening newscasts. She has also served as co-anchor of “News 4 New York at 6PM” with David Ushery and as co-anchor of “NewsChannel 4 at 6PM” with Chuck Scarborough.” She also served as host of the nationally broadcast business program, “Hispanics Today”.
Baquero is the recipient of the 1998 local Emmy Award for "Religious Programming" for her reports on the Pope's visit to Cuba. In 2006 she received her second Emmy award for “Best Evening Newscast” with Chuck Scarborough.
Baquero is dedicated to helping young people achieve their education potential and serves on the Board of Directors at the non-profit group, Let’s Get Ready. She is also an active supporter of El Museo del Barrio. Among numerous honors, Lynda has been named one of El Diario La Prensa’s “Mujeres Destacadas” (Outstanding Women) as well as “A Woman of Valor” by the Consulate General of Israel. She also earned the Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Excellence in English Language Media award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
In 2013, Lynda delivered the Commencement Address at her alma mater, Cathedral High School in Manhattan at their graduation ceremony in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
A graduate of New York University, Baquero holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a native New Yorker and fluent in both Spanish and French. Baquero and her husband reside in Manhattan with their daughters.