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 of them because he has done them all.
As an award-winning journalist for PIX11 News, Diaz was honored with Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2014 and 2015 for Best News Series in the region for his investigative reporting of the “Shop and Frisk” scandal as well as for an expose of controversial FAA air traffic controllers in “Below The Radar.”
Diaz is a 7-time recipient of a NATAS Emmy, including a 6-time winner in the New York Emmy Awards.
During 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, earning praise from Jon Stewart who proclaimed on The Daily Show that when it comes to the Taco Mayor interview, “I can never get enough.” In 2014, Diaz was honored with an Emmy for his in-depth profile of former Newark Mayor and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. In 2015, he was honored for Best Political Reporter.
Diaz, who specializes in crime, transportation and politics, 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 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. Sen. 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.
Mario Diaz can be contacted directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.