Wil Cruz is a veteran journalist who has worked in newspapers, digital and broadcast for local and national media for the last 20 years.
As a reporter and editor, Cruz has covered the NYPD, the FDNY and education for Newsday, the New York Daily News and DNAinfo. He also managed the assignment desk at NY1 News, where he supervised more than 20 journalists who covered hyperlocal news in the city’s five boroughs.
He is currently an executive editor at ABC News, where he works with the news practices team to uphold journalistic standards on all of its platforms. Before that, he was a senior editor for ABCNews.com.
An advocate of increasing diversity in newsrooms, Cruz is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He has mentored POC journalists — as well as students from all backgrounds and experiences — and helped them find opportunities in newsrooms.
A native New Yorker, Cruz grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has lived in Brooklyn and Queens, and graduated from the City College of New York.