Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU today announced the addition of two more journalists to its growing news roster. Cristian Benavides and Luis Gerardo Núñez have been named Reporters for Noticiero Telemundo 47 at 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM. Both will work alongside News Anchors Jorge Ramos and Yaima Crespo, Sports Anchor Veronica Contreras and Meteorologist Pedro Montoro. Benavides and Núñez will make their on-air debut in early February.
“Cristian and Luis are hard-hitting news reporters. They dig beneath the surface and ask hard questions. I am very happy that they’re part of our team and excited for our viewers to receive their outstanding storytelling and work,” said Karen Mendez, Vice President of News, Telemundo 47. “We serve one of the most unique and diverse markets in the United States and today’s announcement indicates our commitment to hiring the best journalists in the country to help us deliver the quality journalism that our viewers deserve.”
Benavides, who has been a part of the Telemundo family since 2014, joins Telemundo 47 from sister station Telemundo Phoenix / KTAZ, where he worked as a reporter for the station’s local weekday newscasts. Before this, Benavides worked for Telemundo Washington / WZDC as a political analyst and at Univision Tampa Bay / WVEA as news reporter from 2012 to 2014. An award-winning journalist, Benavides has been recognized with an Associated Press award and two Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter Emmy® awards for “Outstanding Politics/Government-News Series” and “Outstanding Specialty Assignment Report-News Single Story, Series or Feature.” Benavides, who is a former BBC Mundo and White House intern, earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Miami.
With vast experience working in the third and fifth-largest Hispanic markets in the country, Núñez joins Telemundo 47 after working as a reporter for Telemundo 39 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXTX and Telemundo 51 Miami / WSCV since 2013. Before joining Telemundo, Núñez worked as a reporter for MundoMax 8 / WGEN. Núñez earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Universidad Monteávila in Venezuela. He also earned his master’s degree in Communications from Florida International University.
In the past couple of years, Telemundo 47 has experienced a transformation. The station, which celebrated its 50 year commitment to the community last year, has recently expanded its news roster by adding eight News Anchors and Reporters, including Benavides and Nuñez, since 2014. Thanks to an investment made by NBCUniversal in all of its Telemundo-owned stations, Telemundo 47 also features a revamped newsroom and news set and launched a new weekday half-hour local newscast at 5:30 PM in 2014. To support the boost in news, Telemundo 47 has hired newsroom staff and rolled out new on-screen graphics and visual designs, and launched a new Telemundo Respondeconsumer investigative unit that is charged with standing up for consumers. Since its launch in 2014,Telemundo Responde has recovered more than $4 million for consumers all across the United States and Puerto Rico, including the New York Tri-State area.
Telemundo 47 also recently launched newly redesigned digital platforms that include an enhanced weather experience, up-to-the-minute severe weather push alerts and a new easy to access “Breaking News” bar on its desktop, mobile and app platforms, to help viewers stay ahead of the news when they are on-the-go. To access Telemundo 47’s newly redesigned digital platforms and more news and information viewers can visit www.Telemundo47.com or download the free Telemundo 47’s app on iTunes and Google Play stores.