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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 that she loves with her husband, daughter and son.

Recent Articles
  • MTA to test fare cuts at LIRR stations across Brooklyn and Queens

    NEW YORK, N.Y. —  LIRR riders in underserved areas of Brooklyn and Queens may soon see a fare cut to Atlantic Terminal, according to the MTA. If approved in a vote Wednesday, a pilot program of 6 to 12 months could go into effect as early as June. The discount would be for commuters from stations in Queens Village, Hollis, St. Albans, Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Jamaica, East New York and Nostrand Avenue. The stations targeted are in a so-called […]

  • Man arrested in UWS bank assault that left 87-year-old brain dead

    UPPER WEST SIDE — Authorities have made an arrest in the violent attack at an Upper West Side bank that left an 87-year-old man in critical condition. Matthew Lee, 50, was taken into custody Wednesday night for the allegedly assaulting and robbing Young Kun Kim. Police say Lee approached Kim inside the Citibank on Broadway and West 96th Street on Sunday and punched him in the head before stealing money from the victim. Kim, a former CUNY professor loved by those […]

  • Over 170,000 without power after powerful storm hits tri-state

    NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of residents woke up with no power Wednesday after a powerful storm hit the tri-state area the evening before. The storm brought damaging winds, hail, and tornados, resulting in at least five deaths caused by downed trees. The strong winds also brought down power lines and left over 170,000 customers without power. Con Edison has nearly 3,000 customers without power in New York City and Westchester County as of 12:30 p.m. The utility said the […]

  • Advocates demand more Vision Zero speed cameras near NYC schools

    NEW YORK — Deaths due to car crashes have been steadily declining since the start of the Vision Zero program in 2014, but more than 200 people are dying on city streets every year in crashes that some insist can be prevented. Now, local advocates are focusing on getting speed cameras near schools. Amy Cohen and Judy Kottick met with PIX11 reporter Kirstin Cole, standing side by side, each holding a picture of their child, who was killed in a […]

  • When can I legally bet on sports? All your gambling questions answered:

    NEW JERSEY — You can bet on it: Sports gambling is about to expand, big time, in the United States. Right now, the only place you can legally bet on sports is Nevada. But on Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited legalized sports gambling anywhere but Nevada. So what does this court decision mean, exactly? Now that there is no longer a federal law against sports gambling, each state is free to pass laws that govern […]

  • Behind the scenes: Surviving a helicopter crash

    NEW YORK — All five passengers aboard a sightseeing helicopter tour on March 11, meant to capture the iconic sights of New York, are dead. The pilot, who was not only experienced but in a different harness than the rest, survived after making an emergency landing in the East River. Why could one get out safely, but none of the others? PIX11’s Kirstin Cole took a deeper dive to find out. How to get out alive PIX11 went to Survival Systems […]

  • Man allegedly used popular dog-walking app to lure teen, demand sex; additional victims sought

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — A man accused of using a popular dog-walking app to lure a teenager to his home to demand sex is behind bars, and now being investigated for possibly using Craigslist and flyers posted near schools to trick other victims, officials with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said Friday. Charles Johnson, 39, faces a first-degree sex abuse charge after allegedly using Rover.com, a popular pet-care hiring app, to lure a teenage woman to his Mount Vernon […]

  • Bomb-seeking body scanners tested at WTC PATH station

    MANHATTAN — The Port Authority is testing new security scanners at the World Trade Center PATH station Thursday and Friday in order to evaluate its latest potential resource to detect firearms, explosives and other weapons. The so-called Evolv Edge, a “high-tech body scanning unit” meant to detect detect firearms, explosives and other weapons, will be tested Thursday and Friday at the WTC PATH site from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Public participation in the testing is completely voluntary, […]

  • Bronx ‘spiritual healer’ accused of sexual assault; one victim had miscarriage: police

    FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A so-called “spiritual healer” is behind bars Wednesday after five people came to police to report that he sexually assaulted them and caused one of the victims to suffer a miscarriage. Cristian Robles, 32, is accused of attacking the victims between March 27 and April 13 at his home on Ryder Avenue near East 181st Street in Fordham Heights, police said. The five victims include three men and two women, according to police. All five went […]

  • Professor dead, man found hiding in closet with tools in Ditmas Park home: Police

    DITMAS PARK, Brooklyn — An investigation is underway Tuesday after police say a professor was found dead in his Ditmas Park home and a man was found hiding in a closet with a smattering of tools, including a hammer. Police discovered the body of Jeremy Safran, 66, while responding to reports of a burglary in progress at a home on Stratford Road near Hinckley Place just before 6 p.m. Monday, officials said. Safran was found in the basement with trauma to his head […]