By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
Belkys Nerey pops off your screen with a natural appeal that’s refreshingly unnatural for a nightly news anchor. She just seems like someone you might like to know.
And South Floridians have had a good long time getting to know the hometown Hialeah girl. She joined the anchor duo of WSVN-Ch. 7’s dishy Deco Drive pop-culture show in 1997, before graduating six years later to co-anchor the evening and nightly newscasts for the Fox Miami affiliate.
Nerey’s Deco pizazz still resonates in the playful banter she shares with her news co-anchor Craig Stevens. Apparently it’s working. Their 18-years together on the broadcast, a local TV news rarity, has made them South Florida’s longest-running, English-language anchor team.
She still gets to indulge her not-so-serious side, too, hosting her popular, two-minute “Bite With Belkys” cooking segments and her Suncoast Emmy-nominated, half-hour “Bite” specials.
“Cooking doesn’t always have to be serious all the time,” says Nerey, 56. “You don’t have to be afraid of the kitchen. Some people think that they can’t do it, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, you can. If I can do it, you can do it.’”
Born in Havana, the bilingual Nerey has also covered major news stories for the station, with five regional Emmy Awards to her credit. She lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Demetri.
Her responses to our standard set of Quote Unquote questions illustrate that the engaging, breezy flair of her interview style works both ways.
Aside from the weather, what do you enjoy most about South Florida?
Aside from the weather, what do you dislike most about South Florida?
Are you a beach person or a pool person?
Beach all the way!
When in your life are you or have you been the happiest?
When I met my husband. He lived in Chicago and I was in South Florida, and we long-distanced for almost three years before he moved here permanently. Loved that feeling of arriving at O’Hare knowing he’d be there waiting for me. I felt like I was in a rom-com movie.
What do you do when you’re stuck in a traffic jam on I-95?
Office hours! I make calls and catch up with friends and family.
What music are you listening to now?
Yacht Rock on Pandora. I can’t believe I just admitted that, LOL.
Are you a fan, and if so, of what?
Travel. CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK TO IT!
If you had to choose: Beatles or Stones?
Duran, LOL. I’m much too young for those other bands
What are your social media handles?
@belkysnerey — follow me on everything, I’m easy to find.
Apple or Android?
Apple allllll the way.
Who is your real-life hero or heroine?
My Mama! The older I get, the more I realize all the sacrifices she made for me to be who I am today.
What car are you driving now?
Audi SUV — more car than I need but I’ve been known to troll garage sales. Shhhhh.
If you had to choose: Rocky or Raging Bull?
What do you like most about yourself?
What places in South Florida do you recommend to guests visiting from out-of-town?
Vizcaya, South Pointe Park, Wynwood Walls, Bass Museum, PAMM, El Palacio de los Jugos on Flagler in Miami.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I speak soooooo loud. LOL. I wish I knew how to use a ‘spa voice.’
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Keepin’ it real.