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Kirstin Cole is a reporter and fill-in anchor for the PIX 11 Morning News. The four time Emmy Award Winner re-joined the station in 2011, having worked here during the original launch of the morning news in 2000 – 2001. In between, she was the consumer investigative reporter and anchor at WCBS-TV for the 10 years between, and also substituted as an anchor on the CBS Morning News.

She originally got her start in journalism at WLNY-TV and News 12 Long Island as an anchor in 1995, and also worked for ABC and Fox affiliates in Columbus, Ohio.

Kirstin has exposed scams and dangerous products and is responsible for getting thousands of dollars back to countless consumers. Frequently going undercover, she has done investigations about unsafe products and abusive consumer practices. Her reporting has exposed salons allowing illegal underage tanning and its links to skin cancer, filthy supermarkets, child discrimination, drunk high rise construction workers, illegal botox, appliance repair rip-offs, nursing home abuses, dangerous daycares and diamond buying scams.

And her lust for adventure has taken her to challenging places in her reporting: submerged in a sinking car and learning how to escape from a plane crash in water all to share survival techniques. She’s reported while rappelling down a building, from horseback, helicopters, an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic, police cars and ambulances, as well as a jail cell, all to tell compelling stories.

As a breaking news reporter, she has covered the attacks of 9-11, floods and tornados, the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, and countless fires and blizzards.

And she is passionately involved in many charitable organizations. She is a 12 year board member of the Achilles Track Club, helping disabled athletes compete in mainstream races. She’s also previously served as a board member for the New York Institute of Technology, a school that has fostered many broadcast journalism careers. She has been a long time supporter of the Edwin Gould Services for Family and Children, helping foster children in New York to find meaningful home lives with parents. She also raises money for the cancer research and treatment through cycling long distances in honor of her many friends and family members afflicted with forms of the disease.

Kirstin has been honored with Emmys, Associated Press Awards, honors from the Society of Silurians (the oldest journalism organization in the United States), The Society of Professional Journalists and the New York Press Club.

Cole is a summa cum laude graduate of Chicago’s Loyola University with a degree in communications and a concentration in journalism. She lives in the New York she loves with her fiancé, daughter and son.


Recent Articles
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    THE BRONX –– A public school substitute teacher was charged Thursday morning on a hate crime charge after he yanked an 8-year-old student’s hijab off her head, police said. Oghenetega Edah, 31, was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court, and he was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and endangering the welfare of a child. The criminal complaint alleges Edah kicked the child’s foot and hit her hand inside a classroom at P.S. 76 before threatening her, saying “if you don’t behave […]

  • Plan pitched to route Amtrak trains to GCT to alleviate pressure on Penn Station

    MANHATTAN –– After months of massive train troubles at Penn Station, an idea to reroute Amtrak trains to Grand Central Terminal is gaining attention. Amtrak, the LIRR and NJ Transit all use Penn Station. During derailments and signal problems, the station is quickly overloaded. Moving some Amtrak trains to Grand Central would take pressure off the overused tracks at the West Side terminal during scheduled summer repairs at Penn Station. Some commuters at Grand Central weren’t keen about Penn Station’s problems […]

  • Chancellor says students are ‘safe’ after immigration agents go to Queens school

    MASPETH, Queens — As immigration officials confirmed on Monday that two agents visited a Queens school last week and inquired about a fourth-grader’s enrollment, NYC Department of Education’s chancellor worked to reassure concerned parents that their children and safe and protected while at school. Two U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials visited P.S. 58 on Thursday, a spokeswoman confirmed one day after the mayor’s office said an immigration agent, without warrant, attempted to search the Maspeth school for a fourth-grade student. Visiting a school […]

  • Amtrak faces wrath of lawmakers, frustrated riders at hearing over Penn Station improvements

    NEW YORK – Amtrak officials faced lawmakers at a hearing Thursday in downtown Manhattan, where they were called upon to explain themselves by assembly members – less than 24 hours after another nightmarish rush hour commute. The panel wanted to hear about the upcoming fixes that are expected to keep hitting commuters with delays all summer long. On Wednesday, Penn Station commuters were again caught in a Groundhog Day scenario with signal problems hitting hard as commuters at Penn Station were stopped in […]

  • Manufacturers to begin driverless car tests on NY roads

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York car manufacturers can now apply to test driverless cars on public highways. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the state will begin accepting applications from companies looking to test or demonstrate autonomous vehicle technology as part of a year-long pilot program authorized by lawmakers this year. The vehicles will have to comply with state and federal safety standards and have a $5 million insurance policy in place. During testing on public highways, a person holding […]

  • Newly proposed traffic signal allows pedestrians to cross all ways

    MANHATTAN –– What’s a scramble you ask? It’s also known as Barnes Dance and it could be coming to an intersection near you. Henry Barnes was the traffic engineer who championed special intersections back in the 1940s in the United States, and here in New York City. It’s basically a total car traffic stop, and a complete pedestrian go. An “all-ways” crossing signal, including walking on the diagonal. And it could be happening soon in in New York to help […]

  • Graffiti vandal wanted for painting homophobic slurs throughout Astoria: cops

    ASTORIA, Queens –– Cops are looking for a man wanted for spraying homophobic graffiti with the name “Obama” throughout the neighborhood of Astoria. The NYPD says the graffiti vandal has struck at least 16 times since December. The man allegedly wrote homophobic slurs, sometimes invoking the last name of former president Barack Obama. He most recently painted the word “F*GS” on the glass door at 27-16 18th St. on May 2. Cops released video of him spraying over the door using black […]

  • Off-duty MTA worker, mother of 6, shot and killed on Brooklyn street

    EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn –– Police say an off-duty MTA worker on her way home was shot and killed on a Brooklyn street late Monday night. Officers responded to a 911 call of a woman shot in front of 1010 Elton St. in East New York around 11:30 p.m. when they found Jacqueline Dicks, 41, unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. EMS responded to the scene and pronounced Dicks dead, police said. Cops say […]

  • AG Jeff Sessions visits Long Island as MS-13 gang violence spikes

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit one of the suburbs on New York’s Long Island that is in the grip of fear from a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13 on Friday morning. The gang has been blamed for the deaths of 11 mostly young people in blue-collar Brentwood and Central Islip since the school year began. Some parents say they are afraid to let their children go to school. Teens say any perceived slight to […]

  • Amtrak warns of more delays, cancellations amid repairs to Penn Station infrastructure

    NEW YORK— Double mishaps at Penn Station in New York City caused massive morning and evening rush hour delays and service disruptions. Tuesday’s problems were caused by a disabled Amtrak train in the morning and power problems in one of the East River tunnels later in the afternoon. Major delays due to maintenance also hit the station a day earlier. Adding insult to injury, Amtrak on Tuesday said it was putting together plans to improve the aging infrastructure at Penn […]