Meet Constance Jones, the NBC 6 news anchor making Miami mornings matter.
NBC 6 news anchor Constance Jones PHOTO BY ANTON KIRINDONGO
Constance Jones (@constancejonestv) is a two-time-Emmy-nominated journalist with a passion for social good. Her love for media began in newsprint before she was scouted for TV anchor-reporter positions at WPLG Local 10 News Miami, WLRN National Public Radio South Florida and WRIC 8 News in Richmond, Va. In 2021, she returned to her beloved Miami to join NBC 6 as a news anchor. Today, with co-host Kris Anderson, she is the face of Miami’s mornings, infusing reporting with topics that move the needle on education and community giving. In addition to talking the talk, Jones also walks the walk, and in her spare time volunteers for mentorship programs, runs marathons for a cause and attends cultural events with her husband, acclaimed artist Troy Simmons. We chat with Jones on how she so gracefully does it all.
As a seasoned news anchor, what do you bring to your viewers that is uniquely you?
South Florida is one of the most culturally diverse areas in our country. When I moved here over 15 years ago, I immediately felt like I was home. My mixed heritage has allowed me to view my stories from a variety of perspectives. I am the daughter of an immigrant and the daughter of an Army Ranger. I have been proudly pounding the pavement as a journalist in this town for years, and it is simply an honor to be here to serve the community every morning on NBC 6 Today.
You are a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. as well as the German Society (German American Business Chamber). How do these organizations align with your personal and professional goals?
Each of these organizations are extremely important and personal to me. They have opened doors for stories and have allowed me to stay abreast of current issues affecting our community. I encourage people to get involved! It allows them to meet more people across the area, learn new perspectives and support important local initiatives.
Miami is a city with culturally and socioeconomic-ranging constituents. How does your background factor into your ability to speak across these (perceived) boundaries?
I grew up in a frugal family. Not necessarily poor, but my mom was able to stretch a dollar until it cried out for mercy! Miami is a unique mix of those who have a lot and those who are striving for more. I carry that with me in every story I tell, hoping to inspire and encourage people—it’s not about where you started but where you end up.
Your weekday wake-up is 2AM in order to greet NBC 6 viewers on time and alert. What are your secrets to keeping fresh?
I value my sleep; I try to get to bed by 6:30PM every night. I stick to a primarily plant-based diet, and I go to the gym several times a week. I am not a fan of naps. I prefer getting a good block of sleep each night.