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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!

Follow him on social media: @cbenavidestv
Email him: cbenavides@pix11.com

Recent Articles
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  • Inside New York’s world of underground wrestling

    BROOKLYN — Inside the gym of a youth center at a Brooklyn church, on a chilly Saturday night in October, we entered New York’s world of underground wrestling. “Our secret identities are school teachers, construction workers, some are even lawyers and doctors, dare I say,” said Matt Striker, whose legal name is Matthew Kaye. “They have a passion for doing this, but doing this at this level doesn’t pay the bills. So they have their civilian jobs. We’re almost like […]

  • Family friend to run NYC Marathon in memory of fallen NYPD Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo

    NEW YORK — The New York City Marathon will mark two years since Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was killed in the line of duty, a close family friend will dedicate her run to his memory. “They don’t have a daddy, they don’t have someone to tuck them into bed,” said Lisa Tuozzolo, wife of the fallen officer. “For me that’s the hardest thing” Sgt. Tuozzolo died protecting his brothers in blue, yelling gun twice before being fatally shot by career criminal […]

  • Holiday season is already here — is it too soon?

    NEW YORK — It used to be you had to wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate the holidays, but it seems like year after year the date gets closer and closer. Halloween outfits haven’t even put away and Macy’s on 34th Street has Christmas lights already ouT. The official display will be unveiled on November 15, still well before Thanksgiving. “I haven’t had enough pumpkin, like it’s still November,” said Amber Jackson who thinks it’s too soon to celebrate the […]

  • ‘Candy Converter’ machine in NYC will let you trade in unwanted candy for Reese’s

    WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, Manhattan — If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups and your bag is full tricks and not treats, you’re in luck. A vending machine outside Washington Square Park is giving out Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in exchange for other candy. “I think it’s pretty cool wondering if someone inside there,” a woman dressed as the Atomic Woman told PIX 11. “Chocolate is always better than the sweet stuff.” The vending machine will be out until 9 […]

  • NJ Transit train loses power for almost 2 hours

    NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit commuters lived through a real nightmare after a train lost power in between stations east of Broad Street on Monday night The train lost power around 6:25 p.m., according to an NJ Transit spokesperson. A rescue engine was sent to bring the train to Broad Street. Passengers arrived at the stations a little after 8 p.m., then disembarked to get another train. NJ Transit says EMTs were not called and there were no fights or […]

  • 77-year-old man killed by shot to the head in possible mob hit in Brooklyn

    SHEEPSHEAD BAY, Brooklyn — Crimes scene investigators concentrated on the second floor of a three-story home in Brooklyn after a 77-year-old man was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Vincent Zito was found dead at his Emmons avenue home about 3:15 p.m. on Friday. The New York Daily News reported Zito was a “loan shark” with ties to “organized crime” and said his older brother has ties to the Lucchese crime family. “It wouldn’t be surprising,” said Nicholas […]

  • Long Island barber shop was front for alleged drug ring

    PORT JEFFERSON, NY — The Mancave barber shop in Port Jefferson Station was still open for business Wednesday despite allegations that the shop was a front for a major drug trafficking ring. Juan Lopez Enriquez is the barber, manager and alleged ring leader of the entire operation. “We’ve been seeing a lot of traffic going in and out the front the back and exchange of money bags,” a woman, who asked not to be identified, said. The Suffolk County District […]

  • Brooklyn College professor slammed for Facebook post questioning whether Hispanics are desirable immigrants

    BROOKLYN — Students rallied against a Brooklyn professor Tuesday after his controversial Facebook post from July 9 questioned whether Hispanics are desirable immigrants. The Facebook post by Brooklyn College Professor Rohit Parikh reads in part: “Hispanics are GOOD people… But are they really the population which America needs for the rest of this century when more and more education is required?” Latino student organizations at Brooklyn College, which is 22 percent hispanic, rallied together to protest Professor Parihk and demand […]

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