• Follow me on:

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
  • Rookie NYPD officer killed in crash had been planning his wedding

    The family of an off-duty NYPD officer killed in a crash Wednesday had been helping him plan his wedding, but now they’re putting together funeral arrangements. Rookie officer Brian Kessler was headed home from an overnight shift at PSA 8 when his vehicle collided head-on with a Parks Department vehicle at about 8:20 a.m., police said. Kessler, 28, died about an hour later. He’d graduated from the police academy in October, father Dr. Kenneth Kessler shared. Kessler looked at photos from that day […]

  • Family searches for answers 6 months after man’s hit-and-run death in Harlem

    It’s been an agonizing six months for the family of 29-year-old Tyquan Wilkerson. Wilkerson was a father of six. Cell phone video shows him dancing and having fun at a family gathering just two hours before an SUV driver hit him and sped off. “I love him, I miss him very much,” said Irene Wilkerson, the man’s mother. “I think about him every day” PIX11 interviewed the family back in July. His family members still don’t know who was behind […]

  • Wild scene unfolds in Washington Heights as officers use baton, kick suspects resisting arrest

    WASHINGTON HEIGHT — A wild scene unfolded in broad daylight at the corner of Broadway and 169th Street in Washington Heights when police officers repeatedly kicked and struck two people who were resisting arrest. At the beginning of the video you see an officer take out his baton and swinging it at one of the two individuals. That’s when chaos ensues. While one of the individuals is on the ground, two detectives and an off-duty officer appear in order to […]

  • Family demands answers after Paterson man asks police for water, dies within 48 hours

    PATERSON, N.J. — The Facebook Live shows 27-year-old Jameek Lowery as he walked into Paterson Police Headquarters on Saturday morning, sweating profusely, foaming at the mouth and at times incoherent, but clearly asking for help and for water. He died within 48 hours at St. Joseph’s Regional, and now his family is calling the death suspicious. “Why can’t ya’ll give my brother some water,” said Shavante McFadden. “If he’s telling you he’s having a hard time breathing” In the video,  […]

  • Sinkhole causes gas, water lines to rupture at construction site in Queens

    CORONA, Queens — Gas and water lines ruptured at a construction site in Queens Friday afternoon when part of a street collapsed causing a massive sinkhole. It happened just after 2 p.m. in the area of 112th Street and Northern Boulevard. Witnesses say they heard the explosion and saw the air fill with smoke and dust. “It was like everything was just disappearing,” one woman said. “It was scary. Next thing you know, rocks are coming out… flying across the […]

  • Sentencing hearing begins for human trafficking ring that ran like ‘family business’ in Queens

      The Rendon-Reyes family operated their sex trafficking ring for over a decade in the streets of Jackson Heights and now they’ll learn their fate this week after they plead guilty to human trafficking and money laundering. “They forced them to abort, they beat them with baseball bats to ensure they continued to abide by what they were required as it pertains to prostitution,” said Angel Melendez, Special Agent In Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York City. They […]

  • Man shot in the chest while on roof of Brooklyn building, stumbles to bodega for help

    EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — A 34-year-old man was shot Wednesday on the roof of a Brooklyn building, police said. He was hit in the chest while on the roof of a Park Avenue building, officials said. The victim went to a bodega across the street for help. A bystander helped him after he stumbled and fell to the ground. He stood, then fall again, right at the entrance of the deli. Police arrived minutes later and the man was rushed to […]

  • Friends, neighbors remember woman killed in fiery Manhattan crash

    Everyone inside 57-year-old Amy Philipson’s Gerritsen Beach building in Brooklyn knew her; she was kind and always had a bright smile on her face, according to neighbors. Philipson was killed in this fiery wreck on Saturday on the West Side Highway in Tribeca near Vestry Street. “It’s unbelievable. I saw her a few days ago,” said Benjamin Krupnik. “Really shocking ” The driver was caught on camera in Citizen App video, apparently attempting to flee the scene, but was arrested […]

  • 12-year-old boy home for Christmas after being shot by stray bullet in Harlem

    HARLEM, Manhattan — Some may call it a Christmas miracle. The mother of a 12-year-old boy who was shot by a stray bullet Sunday night is just happy to have her son safely back home. “It’s the best feeling ever,” said Tonyekiea Whitehead. “Merry Christmas!” Jaffari Hopwah, 12, was at 115th Street and Lexington Avenue, on his way home, when he was shot in the leg. Surveillance footage shows the boy running into a corner bodega for help. He then […]

  • 64-year-old man dead, 86-year-old man in critical condition in Queens fire

    JAMAICA, Queens — A 64-year-old man is dead and an 86-year-old man is in critical condition after a Sunday fire in Jamaica, officials said. The fire broke out at a building on 150th Street near 97th Avenue around 3 p.m., an FDNY spokesperson said. Flames burned through the building’s first and second floor. It was under control by 4 p.m. The 64-year-old victim has been identified as David Hawkins. Eloise Woods, who lived with Hawkins and took care of him, said […]