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Julio Vaqueiro. Photo: Noticias Telemundo

Emmy award-winning journalist Julio Vaqueiro will become the new anchor of "Noticias Telemundo," the network's daily Spanish-language evening newscast, Noticias Telemundo announced Thursday.

The big picture: Vaqueiro replaces José Díaz-Balart, who is returning to MSNBC later this month to host a new show as NBC seeks to add more diverse voices to its English-language news programs.

Details: A native of Mexico, Vaqueiro moves into the role after anchoring Noticias Telemundo's late-night weekday newscast, which airs Monday through Friday at 11:35 PM ET/10:35 CT.

  • The network said Vaqueiro also will contribute reporting across all of Noticias Telemundo's news.
  • Vaqueiro has also contributed to “NBC News X Noticias Telemundo Reports,” a news initiative between the two networks where bilingual reporters collaborate on stories.
  • Vaqueiro joined Telemundo’s national news network in 2017 as co-anchor of the weekend newscast, “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana.” Before that, he was a co-anchor at Telemundo 52, an affiliate in Los Angeles.

What they're saying: "Julio has consistently delivered impactful and rigorous journalism across multiple anchoring roles, and we’re thrilled he will be bringing his integrity, unique voice and commitment to our audience to our flagship newscast," Luis Fernandez, president of Noticias Telemundo, said in a statement.

The intrigue: Díaz-Balart return to MSNBC and Vaqueiro's new role come during the heart of Hispanic Heritage Month.

  • Currently, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC have nine Latino anchors across its broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. That's more than any other English-language media outlet.

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First look: José Díaz-Balart returning to MSNBC for new show

José Díaz-Balart at Telemundo Center in Doral, Fla. Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

José Díaz-Balart, one of the few Latino anchors on U.S. television, is returning to MSNBC later this month to host a new show, the network announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The "Noticias Telemundo" anchor will take over daily the 10am ET hour on MSNBC for a show called "José Díaz-Balart Reports," beginning Sept. 27, as the network seeks to add more diverse voices.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

Photo: Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.