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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
  • Day care worker charged after girl, 5, found alone in Queens supermarket

    FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens – Police have charged the day care worker who allegedly left a 5-year-old girl without a guardian, leaving the child to wander alone Wednesday night. Cops say Trimeka V. Crum, 35, dropped off Essiah Miller Love, 5, at her home on Central Ave. Wednesday night and didn’t wait for anyone to take custody of the child. The girl then walked about a block away to Three Brothers Meat Market where she was found asking for food by supermarket employees around […]

  • De Blasio to unveil plan on combating homelessness

    MASPETH, Queens – Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to unveil his plan to fight homelessness this afternoon. The New York Times reports the Mayor is expected to announce adding 90 new shelters to the 275 already in place, and make them part of a system that helps transition families to more stable homes while keeping them in neighborhoods close to their children’s schools. To say New York has a homeless problem would be an understatement. New Yorkers readily see the […]

  • Residents clash over proposed construction of Bayonne mosque

    BAYONNE, N.J. – With a resounding “no,” the Bayonne Zoning Board blocked Muslims from having a prayer center to call their own.  It took five hearings with input from town residents and beyond. At times, members of the board admonished speakers for their anti-Muslim rhetoric.  But in the end, the board was one vote shy of approving the conversion of an Eastside warehouse to a mosque and community center for the Bayonne Muslims. A normally dry meeting over the conversion […]

  • Grandmother killed, firefighter wounded in Staten Island house fire

    GREAT KILLS, Staten Island – A grandmother was killed and a firefighter injured when a fire broke out at a cluttered Staten Island home early Monday. A fire was reported around 4 a.m. at a two-story home on Driggs Street in the Great Kills section of the borough, FDNY says. The fire was under control by 7 a.m. An adult was killed in the blaze, and a firefighter suffered minor injury, fire officials said. The victim’s daughter and grandmother were at the scene, and […]

  • Dozens of businesses still without water service after massive Brooklyn Heights main break

    BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – Crews are working to restore water service in Brooklyn Heights Friday morning after a massive main break during Thursday afternoon commute. More than 30 businesses along Montague Street have no water as of 6 a.m. Friday. The 12-inch main sent water flowing into streets and onto the platform of the Court Street subway station. The R train is running through the stop, but have not allowed passenger access. Officials say water should be restored by Friday afternoon.

  • NYPD: Hate crimes increase 55 percent in NYC since 2016

    NEW YORK – Hate crimes in New York City have spiked 55 percent when compared to the numbers during this time in 2016. The NYPD says the uptick was driven by a 94 percent surge in crimes that discriminate against Jewish people. Those crimes include swastikas turning up on the subways. Police have also responded to a bomb threat at Manhattan’s Anti-Defamation League. Since then police have increased patrols at Jewish centers locally and nationally.

  • Patients struggling with debilitating diseases find hope in medical marijuana, but face monetary hurdles

    NEW YORK – Tashana Small, a single mother of two is going through her daily routine.  Keeping her teenage son fed, and ministering to her 27-year-old daughter as she has seizure after seizure.  Two weeks ago Iashana was virtually seizure free.  Not from any pharmaceutical, but because she’d been getting a dose of plant medicine: cannabis. Tashana explains her daughter’s affliction. “Anyone with Lennox Gasault can have 50 to 100 seizures a day,” she said. That means anything from a grand […]

  • Archdiocese of NY plans to mortgage land behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral to pay off sex abuse victims

    NEW YORK – The Archdiocese of New York has a plan to pay sex abuse victims. It wants to mortgage land behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral for $100 million. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic archdiocese says the mortgage would be for one year to start paying 144 people who had previously complained of abuse. Church officials also are fielding new claims from 26 additional alleged victims. They have yet to determine how many people eventually will come forward. Spokesman Joseph […]

  • Descendants of first free black settlers in NYC keeping memory alive with quilts

    ROSEVILLE, Staten Island – Take a walk back in time and experience the living history that is Sandy Ground, Staten Island, the country’s oldest free black settlement Sylvia D’Alessandro is PIX11’s tour guide today.  D’Alessandro is also one of the descendants of the original settlers of this Roseville neighborhood.  She starts by going back to the beginning. “Slavery was made illegal in 1827; this community was founded in 1828,” she said. Founded by two brothers, the first to buy land as […]

  • Remembering NYC’s unsung heroes who helped slaves find freedom

    MANHATTAN –These were some of the biggest black American heroes of the big city of Manhattan in the 19th century. All were free, most risking their lives to save others. “In Manhattan nearly 40 percent of every household had an enslaved black person working for them,” historian Reginald Poe said. It’s something the New York of today likely couldn’t imagine. “New York was the center of the abolitionist movement but yet it was mired in slavery as much as the South,” […]