Renowned New York-based consumer journalist Arnold Diaz passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Diaz’s journalistic prowess spanned multiple outlets, but he gained significant recognition for his “Shame on You” consumer-investigative segments on CBS2. Diaz was honored as a “New York Staple” by the New York Post, which reported his passing on Thursday. Throughout his career, Diaz secured nearly 50 Emmy awards. His reporting credentials also include associations with FOX 5, PIX11, ABC7 and ABC News’ “20/20” program.
“One of his final reports for PIX11 addressed Spectrum wires dangling from a NYCHA development in Long Island City. These wires posed threats, with wind pushing them against residents’ windows, leading to breakages,” the Post detailed.
“I’ve been lucky to have had a dream job, standing up for the little guy, sticking it to the bad guys,” Diaz expressed upon his retirement from PIX11. “But most satisfying are the viewers who have thanked me for paying attention to their problems. Thank you for watching,” Diaz said.
A former associate from PIX11, meteorologist “Mr. G,” described Diaz as “a class act,” emphasizing his consistent demeanor both on and off the screen.
Born in Brooklyn, Diaz pursued his academic interests, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from Florida State University. He furthered his education with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. His personal life was enriched by his wife, three children and two grandchildren.
Diaz’s battle was against multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. This cancer is notably more prevalent in men. Mayo Clinic provides insights into the nature of this cancer, explaining that “in myeloma, the cancer cells build up in the bone marrow and crowd out the healthy blood cells. This leads to tiredness and not being able to fight infections.”
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