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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
  • Investigators search wooded section of Staten Island in connection to missing NJ woman

    TOTTENVILLE, Staten Island — Investigators searching for a missing New Jersey woman returned to Staten Island on Wednesday. Stephanie Parze, 25, has been missing since Oct. 30. She was last seen on an outing with her mother, sisters and friends in New Brunswick. “We had the best night. It was like the perfect night. Everybody had such a great time,” Parze’s mother previously told PIX11. “She’s my life. She’s my baby and she’s my oldest daughter, we’re so close.” People […]

  • Couple involved in Queens murder-suicide had recently separated, husband had history of abuse

    OZONE PARK, Queens — The 27-year-old bartender stabbed to death by her husband was estranged from him and no longer lived with him. Donne Dojoy went back to their home Friday night to see her 33-year-old husband. It’s not clear why she went there, but she was was found fatally stabbed inside around 7:30 p.m. Police say a man believed to be the victim’s husband was found hanging from a tree in a nearby wooded area. His name was not […]

  • Woman yelled at by ‘Kidz Bop Karen’ speaks out

    A case of apparent road rage caught on camera has gone viral: the internet calling the woman ‘Kidz Bop Karen’ after she said the kids couldn’t hear her cursing because they were listening to ‘Kidz Bop.’ By now, millions have seen a viral video that happened on 39th Street and the West Side Highway. Now, the woman on the receiving end is speaking to PIX11. “I tried to tell her that she’s not setting a good example there was a […]

  • NYPD investigating Borough Park assaults as anti-Semitic hate crimes: police

    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — The NYPD says their hate crimes unit is investigating a string of attacks in Brooklyn over the weekend as potential anti-Semitic crimes. The first three apparent attack happened the night of Friday, Nov. 1, with an additional incident occurring Saturday night, all in the Borough Park neighborhood, the NYPD confirmed. In the first incident, near 14th Avenue and 51st Street, a group hopped out of their vehicle and allegedly assaulted a man walking by, then ran […]

  • A Second U Foundation gives the formerly incarcerated a second chance

    Adjusting to life after being behind bars can feel like an insurmountable challenge. “I filled out applications to every corporate health club in manhattan,” said Hector Guadalupe. “Nobody wanted to hire me. Couldn’t get second interviews. As soon as people were figuring out that I had a past, I couldn’t get hired anywhere.” Guadalupe is a Williamsburg native. After losing both parents at the age of 12, he turned to the streets to survive. At 23 he was convicted on […]

  • Cousin suspected of stabbing man to death in Brooklyn building: sources

    MIDWOOD, Brooklyn — A 54-year-old man was stabbed to death in Midwood and police suspect his cousin for the attack, sources said. Ramon Marrero, 54, was found unconscious and unresponsive with stab wounds to his torso on Sunday morning inside an Ocean Avenue building near Avenue H, police said. NYPD officers guarded the door of the 1st floor apartment through the day Sunday. The victim lived with his mother. A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, heard a dispute […]

  • Anti-police protesters ‘want violence against police officers and the end of all law enforcement,’ union head says

    NEW YORK — The actions of anti-police protestors in New York were condemned by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch. Protestors were out over two recent controversial incidents involving the NYPD and New Yorkers in subway stations. They’re also upset over planned stepped up patrols in subway stations. Protestors marched through the streets with a banner reading “don’t let these pigs touch us.” At least two police vehicles had graffiti painted on them. One […]

  • Trump visits New York for Saturday MMA fight at MSG, protests flood Manhattan

    MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — Politics can be a bruising business. But President Donald Trump got a firsthand look at a different kind of blood sport Saturday night. Trump returned to his hometown of New York City to attend a high-profile UFC match at Madison Square Garden. Trump has long been tight with Dana White, the UFC president. The pay-per-view spectacle was expected to draw numerous celebrities, including wrestler-turned-actor The Rock. It was Trump’s second sporting event in a week — and the […]

  • Man charged in death of 19-year-old whose body was found in NJ parking garage

    HACKENSACK, N.J. — A man has been arrested on manslaughter charges in the death of a woman, 19, whose body was found in a car parked in a Hackensack parking garage, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced Saturday. New Jersey authorities said they were investigating the “suspicious death” of  woman the woman after police were called to a parking garage near an apartment building complex along Prospect Avenue and Beech Street just after 2 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, officers […]

  • Day of the Dead has everything to do with the afterlife, love and those colorful skulls you’ve seen around

    Families are spreading bulks of marigold petals, lighting up candles for their loved ones and some are even wearing colorful skull makeup. It’s Día de los Muertos. The Mexican holiday, also known as Day of the Dead, extends over the first two days of November and has nothing to do with Halloween. It’s an ode to the afterlife and a reminder that death is nothing to be afraid of. If you enjoyed Disney’s animated film “Coco,” here are the many […]

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