Cristina won a duPont Award in 2017 for co-producing a documentary about the role of fentanyl in the opiate epidemic. She was nominated for two Emmys in 2015 in the categories of Outstanding Investigative Documentary and Outstanding Research for the documentary Pimp City.  

She was also awarded a GLAAD award in 2015 as well as the top investigative prize from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2015 and 2016.  During her time at Yale, she was awarded the Gordon Journalism Fellowship, the Bates Fellowship, the Les Aspin Fellowship, the Leitner Award, and the Cowles Fellowship.