David Cruz is a 20-year veteran of New Jersey news.
He began his journalism career in 1992 as a general assignment reporter with Cablevision’s North Hudson News, a nightly TV newscast covering north Hudson County’s communities.
In 1994, he joined the Hudson Reporter newspaper group as Managing Editor and columnist, where his weekly “Latin Beat” column became the most widely read in Hudson County. He helped launch and was the primary reporter for the newspaper’s Union City and West New York editions. In 1995, he was named Editor in Chief, overseeing an expansion of news coverage and introducing a number of regular features that focused on hyper-local coverage.
In 2001, he joined WBGO-FM (Jazz 88.3) as anchor of the midday newscast and general assignment reporter. At WBGO he won a number of awards for reporting and producing, including a national “Best Interview” Award from the Public Radio News Directors and numerous awards for reporting and producing from the Associated Press, the New York and New Jersey associations of Black Journalists. Cruz also created and served as the first host on the award-winning “Newark Today” call in show with Mayor Cory Booker. The show played an integral role in the first season of the Sundance Channel’s Peabody Award-winning “Brick City” documentary. At WBGO he also hosted a number of special broadcasts, including a roundtable on the after effects of Hurricane Katrina and live election night coverage.
Cruz has also served as a substitute host on WNYC Radio’s Peabody Award-winning “Brian Lehrer Show” and “Soundcheck.” He has also contributed feature stories to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Latino USA.”
He is an avid jazz fan, covering festivals in Montreal, Barcelona and St. Martin. Cruz was also part of the team that helped re-launch the famed Stone Pony rock & roll venue in Asbury Park in 2000. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University and a life-long resident of Jersey City, NJ.