Rafael Pineda (television journalist)

Julio Rafael Pineda (born December 20, 1937)[1] is a retired Cuban-American television news reporter who spent four decades as anchor for the Spanish language station WXTV, the Univision affiliate in New York City.

Born in Baracoa, Cuba, he immigrated to the United States before his 20th birthday. He began his career at the Spanish-language station WXTV in 1968.[2]

Pineda was the lead news anchor on WXTV until 1988, when he became host of the first Spanish-language local interview program in the tri-state area, Punto y Aparte until it ended a year later, in 1989. He led WXTV to first place among New York's Spanish language newscasts and was the first Spanish-speaking news anchor to interview both political figures and celebrities, such as Bill Clinton and Desi Arnaz.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitionEdit

On June 5, 2005, Pineda was honored by Union City, New Jersey with a star on the Walk of Fame at Union City's Celia Cruz Park.[3]


On October 24, 2013, Pineda announced during the 6 P.M. newscast his plans to retire on Friday, December 20, 2013. He served 41 years total at WXTV, longer than any New York City anchor before Chuck Scarborough reached 42 years with WNBC in 2016.


  1. ^ New York, Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in New York City, 1792–1989
  2. ^ Barmash, Jerry (September 2, 2011). "Iconic WXTV/Channel 41 Anchor Rafael Pineda Says 9/11 Made 'Impact on Me'". Adweek. Retrieved August 3, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Rosero, Jessica. "'La vida es un carnaval' North Hudson celebrates 6th annual Cuban Day Parade" The Hudson Reporter; May 26, 2006