Ray Villeda joined the NBC 4 New York news team in June of 2015 following an award-winning tenure at KXAS, the NBC station in Dallas-Fort Worth. It was here that Villeda was recognized with two Emmys for on-camera live reports, and for general assignment stories.
At KXAS, Ray’s assignments took him across the nation, covering major stories such as Hurricane Sandy, the Ebola outbreak from Dallas to Atlanta, and the border crisis. Fluent in Spanish, Villeda was able to secure firsthand accounts from families who had made the trek over the Texas-Mexico border.
Prior to joining KXAS, Ray worked for WFSB, the CBS station in Hartford, Connecticut. While at WFSB, Villeda was recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists for his coverage of a major power plant explosion. He was the first reporter on the scene after the fatal blast, providing live, detailed reports throughout the response and recovery periods.
Villeda was born in Queens and lived in Brooklyn for many years. Villeda is a proud graduate of Ithaca College, and made his television news debut on Syracuse’s NBC3 (WSTM-TV).
Currently residing in Manhattan, Villeda is a passionate runner who, on a nice day, can frequently be found traversing Central Park or the West Side Highway. He is hoping to eventually run the New York City Marathon.