PIX11 NOW: Get PIX11 News and weather on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire and Amazon Alexa
  • Follow me on:

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.


Recent Articles
  • Brooklyn community holds vigil for skateboarding teen killed by hit-and-run driver

    GRAVESEND, Brooklyn — No father should shed tears for the death of a child, but Benjamin Tello had to endure just that on Monday night. His son was killed by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend. “He always was with me in the hospital and then my mom went to the hospital and I lost my mom.  Now I lost my son, I know I am going to be strong because that is the way he wanted to.” Tello shared […]

  • Broken pontoon prompts rescue of 10 people from seaplane in East River

    NEW YORK — Several people are being rescued from a seaplane on the East River Friday evening. It happened around 5:30 p.m. FAA officials say the plane the plane went into the East River when a pontoon broke, causing the plane to lean to the left. All 10 passengers were pulled from the aircraft near East 20th Street. No one was injured. One of those passengers was Bill Lawrence, a comedy writer from Los Angeles. The “Scrubs” writer was able […]

  • Inmate escapes in Manhattan Supreme Court, punches officer

    A prisoner escaped custody at Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday and attacked several officers of the court before he was tackled and subdued. He ran through an inmate-holding area where attorneys meet with their clients and then into a courtroom, shoving defense attorney Brian Kennedy as he entered. “I knew trouble was coming and then when I felt that push in the back I knew that trouble had found me and that it was on its way out into the courtroom,” Kennedy said. […]

  • As Mayweather and McGregor trade low blows at news conferences, some fight fans are turned off

    The sport of boxing was once referred to as the Gentleman’s sport. However, after the sophomoric antics we have seen this week between legendary boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and ultimate fighting icon Conor McGregor to hype their anticipate late August showdown. The fight may have lost a few fans. Some of those left unimpressed this week includes those who lace them up. “They are trying to hurt people’s feelings with words and I think it’s worst than fighting in […]

  • Missing 11-year-old NJ girl, Abbiegail ‘Abbie’ Smith, found dead

    KEANSBURG, N.J. — An 11-year-old girl was found dead Thursday, one day after she was reported missing from her family’s New Jersey apartment, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Abbiegail Smith, also known as Abbie, was found dead at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, officials said at an afternoon news conference. The 11-year-old was last seen in her apartment Wednesday around 7:45 p.m., and was realized to be missing around 8:50 p.m., according to the Keansburg Police Department. Police have not said who […]

  • Deadly military crash in Mississippi continues to impact NY town where plane was based

    NEW WINDSOR, NY — Monday’s deadly crash of a KC130T Marines refueling plane in Mississippi that killed 16 members of the military is having a heavy impact back home. The impact is being felt at Stewart Air National Guard Base and by the community surrounding it. “They are part of our extended family and we are all very distraught over this,” said Maria Spina after the lunchtime crowd had dwindled at the Neptune Diner. Her family has served up members […]

  • New Jersey Marine among 16 killed in military plane crash in Mississippi

    COLTS NECK, N.J. — Dan Baldassare, who hailed from Colts Neck, New Jersey, is one of the 16 killed in the military plane crash in Mississippi. Colts Neck, a town surrounded by two lane roads and parcels of earth to farm, is the type of place where residents are proud to hang old glory off the front door. It also the town where Baldassare first dreamed of joining the military. “He was a patriot and all he wanted to do […]

  • Mayor de Blasio criticized for bolting from NYC to attend G20 summit

    NEW YORK — A decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio that some believe is him once again putting politics ahead of the city has many questioning his sudden trip to Germany. “This goes to the core of who the mayor is. We are looking for a leader who has the right type of judgement at all times especially in these types of situations,” says Mike Paul, a crisis communications specialist. This week, the city has had to endure an uptick […]

  • Tiny $2 million dollar public bathroom opens in Brooklyn park

    BROOKLYN — How much should a public restroom cost? Not$2 million dollars according to New York City Councilman David Greenfield. “The men’s room has two urinals, one toilet, two sinks. The men’s room itself is roughly 120 square feet,” Greenfield said. “Two million bucks, are you kidding me?  That’s wrong.” Spending $2 million for a 400 square-foot bathroom at Gravesend Park is a case of money mismanagement by the city, Greenfield said. The councilman expressed his concerns numerous times to the […]

  • Familial testing to be part of criminal investigations in NY state following slain Queens jogger case

    HOWARD BEACH, Queens — For Phillip Vetrano, there have not been many good days since the murder of his daughter Karina last August — but this Friday was different. “Today is a good day,” Vetrano said. “There hasn’t been many, but today is a good day.” Vetrano, along with with his wife and elected officials, came together near the park where Karina’s body was discovered to applaud the approval of familial DNA testing by the New York State Commission on […]