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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
  • LI doctor accused of prescribing opioids for cash

    A Long Island doctor is accused of running an illegal prescription operation from the trunk of his car. Just a few hundred dollars is all it took, according to prosecutors, and Dr. George Blatti would write you a prescription for whatever you wanted, from addictive opioids to adderall. He had a makeshift office at this abandoned RadioShack on Franklin Avenue in Franklin Square. “This did not appear to be a traditional medical office and it raised alarms that some individuals […]

  • Pilot dead, several houses damaged after small plane crashes into NJ home; no ground injuries: officials

    COLONIA, N.J. — A pilot was killed when the small plane he was was flying crashed into a New Jersey home Tuesday morning, sparking a fire, officials said. The flight departed from outside Leesburg around 9:50 a.m. and headed for Linden, N.J., according to National Transportation Safety Board officials. It crashed several miles from the Linden Airport. The pilot was cleared for an approach, then lost radar contact and communications with the airport. There is no indication a distress call […]

  • Floating statue of President Trump found in Gowanus Canal

    GOWANUS, Brooklyn — There’s something floating on the Gowanus Canal that has many doing a double take. No one knows how the floating statue of a seemingly angry, green-eyed President Donald Trump appeared in the middle of the murky, dirty waters of the Gowanus Canal. Trump’s torso is surrounded by snakes. Many consider the floating statue of the president something of an art installation- “They put a suit jacket on him, a shirt, a red tie,” said Mike Heyner, who […]

  • El Chapo attorney speaks for first time since Culiacán violence

    MANHATTAN — Famed attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, sat down exclusively with PIX11 News for his first live interview since a gun battle broke out in the streets of Culiacan, Mexico last Thursday after Mexican authorities captured and released Ovidio Guzman-Lopez, one of “El Chapo’s” sons. Mr. Lichtman revealed that he is also representing Ovidio and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, “El Chapo’s” other son. “I was concerned not just for the clients,” said Mr. Lichtman, of the […]

  • Full Interview: El Chapo attorney reacts to Culiacán violence

    Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, spoke exclusively to PIX11 News on the Facebook show, ‘Cafecito With Cristian’ on Wednesday. It was his first live, on-camera interview since eight people were killed and over 20 were injured in Culiacán, Mexico last Thursday. Lichtman confirmed that he now also represents El Chapo’s sons Ovidio Guzman Lopez and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman.

  • Large, rusty bolt falls from elevated subway tracks in Queens, smashes into car roof

    LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — Philip Garcia was in Queens driving to the Home Depot when a rusty bolt fell onto the roof of his car from the elevated subway tracks above. It fell from the tracks above, where the N and W trains run, near the corner of Jackson Avenue and Queens Plaza South. If it was just a few inches closer to the driver seat, it could have killed him.

  • Rutgers University student sexually assaulted in dorm room

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. — A man is wanted in connection with sexual assault of a freshman at the Livingston campus of Rutgers University. The incident was reported Sunday morning at 7:40 a.m. The victim told police the suspect gained entry into her unsecured dorm room and made unwanted sexual contact with the victim while she was sleeping. When the victim woke up, the perpetrator immediately fled the area on foot. The suspect is said to be 20 years old, male, approximately […]

  • Vigil held for victims of Brooklyn social club shooting

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A community in mourning gathered on the corner of Utica Avenue and Pacific Street in Crown Heights,  where over the weekend four people were killed inside the Triple A Aces catering hall, which police are calling an illegal gambling den. “We’re not going to normalize violence,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Every time we come out like this we are saying we won’t accept the violence” Elected officials, along with community leaders lit candles and […]

  • Two teens killed when car plunges off overpass, bursts into flames in Rockland County: police

    PEARL RIVER, N.Y. — Two teens were killed and a third was seriously injured Sunday when their car plunged off an overpass in Rockland County, crashing onto train tracks below and then catching on fire, Orangetown Police said. According to authorities, the Porsche that the three teens were traveling in fell from an overpass on Route 304, near Crooked Hill Road, and overturned onto the New Jersey Transit rail tracks below, in the Hamlet of Pearl River, during an accident […]

  • Local protesters join nationwide rallies calling for President Trump’s impeachment

    MIDTOWN — As calls for President Donald Trump’s impeachment grow, Sunday saw rallies in New York and across the country demanding the president be removed from office. Hundreds of pro-impeachment protesters showed up in Times Square Sunday to send the president and his supporters a clear message. “The country wants him to go, but thing is…people have to actually get out in the streets and make this demand visible,” one protester told PIX11 News Sunday. “Impeachment is important to send […]

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