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How many people can say they have been ringside from Las Vegas to Macau to call world title fights featuring the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson.... in Spanish?

Or have been a political strategist in two federal election cycles including the most historic presidential election in U.S. history?

Or have exposed the FAA for placing air traffic controllers back in federal towers or control centers -- with little or no accountability -- after they were listed as a contributing factor in a deadly crash?

Whether the subject is boxing, politics, or investigative journalism, Mario Diaz is uniquely qualified to speak about all off them because he has done them all.

As an award-winning journalist for PIX11 News, Diaz was honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award for the region in 2014 as well as a New York Press Club Award for his intrepid series of reports surrounding the “Shop and Frisk” scandal in New York City.

Additionally, Diaz has been awarded multiple NATAS New York Emmys ranging from continuing coverage to political reporting. In a racially explosive 2012 interview, East Haven, Conn., Mayor Joe Maturo told Diaz, “I might have tacos’’ as part of his Latino outreach plan. Diaz received national recognition after the interview including an Emmy for his coverage of the "Taco Mayor" scandal. In 2014, Diaz also was honored with an Emmy for his in-depth profile of then-Newark mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

As a reporter specializing in crime and politics, Diaz has broken exclusive reports that resulted in investigations at the state and federal levels. Diaz’s first report on PIX11 News prompted the Miller Coors Brewing Company to pull its Puerto Rican Day Parade advertising campaign after the company received national criticism for placing offensive ads throughout the city.

Since being recruited to the PIX11 News Team in 2011, Diaz also has anchored the Newtown tragedy and the Giants Super Bowl championship celebration.

Prior to relocating to New York City, Diaz worked in political management on the national level. In 2008, he served as the Southeast Regional Communications Director for U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential bid, representing the largest region of the campaign.

Diaz’s career began with an internship in broadcast journalism at age 17. During his junior year at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he was signed to a sports anchor contract by the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, where he captured a NATAS Southwest Emmy for reporting.

At 19, he announced his first world championship fight in Spanish for HBO Boxing Pay-Per-View. Diaz has announced more than 150 championship fights with personal favorites including Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe I & II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ike Quartey, and Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis.

In 1999, Diaz was the focus of a New York Times feature regarding his entry into the highly competitive sports broadcasting industry. In the summers of 2001-02, he hosted ESPN’s boxing series Tuesday Night Fights. In 2002, Diaz transitioned to news as a weekday anchor for the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Diaz resides with his wife and son in Westchester County.

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