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Cristian Benavides joined PIX11 News in July of 2018. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner and no stranger to New York City.

He comes to WPIX after spending nearly three years at the Telemundo affiliate in New York, WNJU, where he also contributed his reporting to WNBC.

He won a New York Emmy for his on-the-ground coverage during the 2016 Ecuador earthquake, which killed nearly 700 people and left thousands homeless. He also anchored a 30-minute nationally broadcast special, on the ground, three months after the earthquake struck.

More recently, he went back to broadcast from Ecuador during that country’s presidential elections.

His other notable coverage includes Hurricane Matthew from Florida and the Woman’s FIFA World Cup from Vancouver, as well reporting on the border crisis in 2015 from Brownsville, Texas, for Telemundo and NBC stations.

He began his journalism career as an anchor/reporter for the Univision affiliate in Tampa, Fla. Then he moved on to Telemundo where he worked as an anchor/reporter at their Washington D.C. and Phoenix affiliates. He joined WNJU in January of 2016.

He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in broadcasting. During his senior year, he was a White House intern. He is currently a Stabile Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School.

Also, he loves tacos and a good story!

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Recent Articles
  • City hands out pamphlets with cartoons showing kids what to do if ICE shows up at their door during community meeting

    QUEENS — A community meeting was held in Sunset Park because it’s the area that has been targeted the most since those ICE raids started over the weekend. No one was taken into custody, because activists, elected officials and community leaders say they have been getting out their message. “Please don’t panic. Stay calm,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez. “And learn the information important to protect yourself and your families.” During the meeting an informational pamphlet was given out with cartoons […]

  • Celebrities join rally against Puerto Rico governor

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan’s Union Square on Wednesday. They waved Puerto Rican flags and followed him to a drumbeat, chanting in Spanish, “Viva Puerto Rico libre,” which translates to “Love live free Puerto Rico.” A leaked series of chat messages has compounded outrage over corruption. The messages show the […]

  • ICE tactic exposed: Video from Brooklyn shows how agents try to detain people

    SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — Cell phone video obtained by PIX11 News shows what activists say is the moment Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents knocked on the door of a Sunset Park man early Tuesday. During the exchange, the man refuses to open his door. “That’s next door you’re talking about,” he can be heard saying “Maybe you can tell me a little bit about next door,” an apparent agent replies. “Who lives next door?” “I’m not going to say no […]

  • Sunset Park residents scared to leave their homes during ICE raids

    The streets of Sunset Park in Brooklyn are unusually quiet; they have been ever since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up on Saturday in at least two locations looking to detain immigrants without legal status. “There is a sense of fear and anguish by many in our community,” said Reverend Juan Carlos Ruiz of The Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd. PIX11 met a street vendor who says he’s lived in this country for decades. His two young children […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Man shares what made ICE agents leave when they knocked on his door in Brooklyn

    SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — It was 7 a.m. Saturday at a residential building near the corner of Sixth Avenue and 56th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents knocked on his door. ICE sweeps were expected to start Sunday, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said ICE agents were in Sunset Park and Harlem on Saturday. “I told them I couldn’t open the door because the man they were looking for no longer lived here,” the […]

  • 6-year-old girl among three dead in Queens house fire that was intentionally set: sources

    EAST ELMHURST, Queens —  A 6-year-old girl is among the three people killed, with two others injured critically, when sources say a man intentionally set a Queens house on fire Wednesday afternoon. The call came in just after 4 p.m. for a fire in a single-family home on 93rd Street in East Elmhurst after a first-floor tenant heard the smoke detector and dialed 911, officials said. Two of the residents had already evacuated, the FDNY described them as “very critically […]

  • Muslim man saves only kosher eatery on Long Island’s East End

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY —  When it comes to kosher eateries on Long Island’s East End, Beach Bakery & Grand Cafe in Westhampton Beach is the only game in town. “It’s the only kosher establishment within a 75-mile radius,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier. So when the bakery went up for sale a few months ago, some customers worried the establishment would shut down. That’s until Rashid Sulheri, the new owner of this kosher establishment, stepped in. Some people were worried, but […]

  • Amtrak fire causes delays at Penn Station

    MANHATTAN — A nightmare scenario played out for NJ Transit commuters this afternoon. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time as NJ Transit service was shut down right in the middle of rush hour. “it’s very frustrating. I wanna go home,” said one commuter. Chaos erupted at the NJ Transit hub inside Penn Station after all Northeast Corridor traffic between Penn station and Trenton was suspended around 4 o’clock Monday for about two hours, right in the middle of the […]

  • 5-year-old boy stabbed in the back by stranger in the Bronx: police

    WEST FARMS, the Bronx — A young boy was seriously injured after a man believed to be a stranger stabbed him in the Bronx early Sunday, police said. Authorities said that around 1 a.m. Sunday, a man walked up to a 5-year-old boy near 180th Street and Daly Avenue, in the West Farms section of the Bronx, and stabbed him in the back. The child, who was with his mother when he was attacked, was transported to a local hospital […]

  • Suspect in deadly Bronx brawl turns himself in; victim’s father has message of forgiveness for attacker

    THE BRONX — A grieving father forgave the man who allegedly punched his son in the Bronx, knocking him to the ground where he later died. Jimmy Rosario was charged with assault Tuesday in connection to the June 16 death. He allegedly hit Troy Scott, a 40-year-old father of two, after a fight inside the Kennedy Fried Chicken at East 169th Street and Prospect Avenue spilled into the street. “The kid who did this, he don’t know what kind of […]

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