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Mario Diaz is a four-time Edward R. Murrow Award recipient for PIX11 News specializing in investigative, political, breaking news, crime, transportation and sports reporting.

In 2014 and 2015, Diaz was the recipient of a Murrow Award for Best News Series in the region for his investigative reporting of the “shop-and-frisk” scandal as well as for an expose on controversial FAA air traffic controllers in “Below The Radar.”

In 2017, Diaz was honored for Excellence in Writing and Sports Reporting for an enterprising series of reports on the fight for a posthumous presidential pardon for boxer Jack Johnson.

Diaz also is an eight-time recipient of a NATAS Emmy and a seven-time winner in the New York Emmy Awards.

One of those honors came as result of an explosive 2012 interview with East Haven, Conn., Mayor Joe Maturo. The mayor told Diaz, “I might have tacos,” as part of his Latino outreach plan. Diaz received national recognition after the interview, earning praise from television host/comedian Jon Stewart.

On The Daily Show, Stewart proclaimed 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 has been the recipient of multiple honors by the New York State Associated Press Association (6), the New York Press Club (5), the New York State Broadcasters Association (4) and the National Association of Black Journalists (2).

Since being recruited to the PIX11 News team in 2011, Diaz has anchored or reported on the 2016 presidential election, the Newtown tragedy, various train derailments (Spuyten Duyvil, Valhalla, Philadelphia and Hoboken), the New York City homeless crisis, the New York Giants Super Bowl championship celebration and Muhammad Ali’s funeral from Louisville, Ky.

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.

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

At the age of 19, Diaz announced his first world championship boxing match doing the Spanish play-by-play for HBO Boxing Pay-Per-View. Diaz has sat ringside announcing more than 150 championship fights including the legendary fights of Evander Holyfield vs Riddick Bowe I & II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis. In the summers of 2001-02, he was a host/play-by-play announcer on 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 where he covered the unprecedented hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005 as well as politics.

In 1999, the New York Times featured Diaz in a profile of the highly competitive sports broadcasting industry.

Prior to relocating to New York City, Diaz worked for two federal election cycles in political management. 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 resides with his wife and son in Westchester County.

Mario Diaz can be contacted directly at mjdiaz@pix11.com.


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