WPIX Hires Reporter Mario Diaz

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By Jerry Barmash

Veteran reporter Mario Diaz has joined WPIX.

Diaz, who has roots in the New York area, brings more than 20 years of broadcast journalism to the PIX 11 News at Ten.

He began his award-winning broadcast career prior to his freshman year at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  In 1992, at the age of 19, Diaz announced his first World Championship Boxing match in Spanish for HBO Pay-Per-View.

In 1999, he was the focus of a New York Times feature surrounding his successful penetration of the highly competitive sports broadcasting industry. Diaz continues his relationship with HBO, and has worked as a blow-by-blow announcer and host for ESPN.

Diaz has also served as an anchor for WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida where he helped launch two newscasts and a Spanish-language webcast, and KNTV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

In 2008, Diaz stepped away from daily newsroom operations for a ringside seat to history as the Southeast Regional Communications Director for Senator John McCain in his campaign for President.