Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz

Bio

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As a frontline reporter for PIX 11 News at 5, Mario Diaz covers crime and politics, as well as developing stories throughout the tri-state area.  Diaz was recruited to the PIX 11 News Team in 2011.

Diaz’s first report on PIX 11 News prompted the Miller Coors Brewing Company to pull its Puerto Rican Day Parade campaign after the company received pressure for placing offensive ads throughout the city. Following that initial story, Diaz has broken several prominent stories, including arrests involving members of the clergy, the New York City Police Department and Con Edison.

Diaz received national recognition in January 2012 after East Haven, Conn., Mayor Joe Maturo told Diaz, “I might have tacos’’ as part of his Latino outreach.  Diaz’ in-depth coverage of the racially insensitive “Taco Mayor,’’ as well as his exposure of the city of Yonkers withholding federal funds from its fire department, and his live reporting with the Coast Guard during Irene, have led to various NATAS Emmy nominations.

Aside from reporting, Diaz also is a fill-in anchor for PIX11 News at 5 and 10. He co-anchored breaking news coverage of the Newtown tragedy, as well as the New York Giants Super Bowl championship parade.

Diaz began his Emmy award-winning broadcasting career as a senior in high school before enrolling at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. During his junior year he was signed to a sports anchor contract with the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas. At 19, he announced his first world championship fight in Spanish for HBO Boxing Pay-Per-View.  In 1999, he 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 Diaz was an announcer and host for ESPN’s Tuesday Night Fights series.

In the fall of 2002, Diaz transitioned to news as a weekday anchor at the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, where he covered the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, unprecedented hurricane seasons, and the 2004 election.

In 2008, Diaz ventured into political management on the national level. He served as the Southeast Regional Communications Director for Senator John McCain’s presidential bid, representing the largest region of the campaign.

Diaz, who has family ties to Long Island, resides with his wife and son in Westchester County.

Mario Diaz can be contacted at mjdiaz@pix11.com or engaged on twitter @mariopix11.

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