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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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    MANHATTAN — Every day in New York, commuters cram onto city buses for what often is a slow, gridlocked, frustrating trip. But that’s slowly been improving with technology being used along a handful of routes, and it’s being promised a greater deployment to speed things up. The technology has already sped up travel times from five to 30 percent. Now, the Department of Transportation is announcing 10 more bus routes are getting GPS technology, known as Transit Signal Priority or TSP, […]

  • Arrest made in sexual assaults inside Queens park

    FLUSHING, Queens — A man was arrested Friday in connection with two sexual assaults over two straight days at a Queens park, police said. Charles Tobin, 29, of Queens, was taken into custody Thursday inside the same park where he attacked his victims, police said. He faces charges of rape, robbery, criminal sex act, sex abuse and criminal possession of a weapon. The knife-point attacks for which Tobin is accused happened at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 p.m. Wednesday at […]

  • Brooklyn 3D print shop and volunteers changing lives hundreds of miles away

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn –– Printers in Williamsburg are changing lives half a world away in Haiti, building prosthetic limbs for those in need who otherwise could never get them and a group of volunteers from New York and across the globe are making it happen. Johnny Falla is one of the founders of LimbForge, a charitable group linking Doctors Without Borders on the front lines of some of the poorest nations with VooDoo Manufacturing aiming to bring prosthetic care to all. […]

  • Who was NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia?

    THE BRONX — An NYPD officer fatally shot in the Bronx early Wednesday has been identified as Miosotis Familia, a mother and 12-year veteran of the police force. Familia was sitting in marked NYPD command vehicle in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. when a gunman walked up and fired, shooting the officer in the head, police said. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. “It is clear that this was an unprovoked direct attack on police officers […]

  • Cheapest gas prices in 10 years welcome holiday weekend travelers

    NEW JERSEY — It’s shaping up to be a record-breaking weekend, both in the numbers of people expected to hit the road for the long holiday break and for the super low gas prices. We are getting the lowest gas prices in nearly a dozen years. Driving along Route 4 in Englewood, you’ll see Delta is king at $1.99 for regular, squeaking by the others by pennies a gallon. That’s a huge discount off the 10-year average of $3.14 a […]

  • How to prevent the No. 1 cause of death for children under 5 — drowning

    NEW YORK — Each summer, tragedy strikes as children of all ages head to the pool. “It’s still the leading cause of death for children under 5.  The second leading cause of death for children up to the age of 14.  It’s 100 percent preventable,” says Bobby Hazen, the founder of One way to prevent drowning is teaching infants how to swim. Infants ages 2 to 6 months have a natural instinct still in place from the womb when […]

  • Unlock secret savings on prescription medications

    NEW YORK — It’s a growing strain on our bottom line:  more Americans taking ever more prescribed medications and spending more of their income to do it. The toll is evident, as one in 10 of us can’t afford our medications and are simply going without.  It’s what’s inspired one group to use the insider info they gained working in the pharmaceutical business to beat the drug sellers at their own game. Here’s how to unlock your own secret savings, necessary since […]

  • Derailment leads to cancellation of event at new subway station opening

    FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan — MTA Officials were ready to show reporters the new South Ferry Station Tuesday morning. As the media and onlookers gathered, they had to leave to respond to a derailment on the A line in Upper Manhattan. The station opened to commuters around noon on Tuesday, nearly five years and almost $350 million in renovations later. The South Ferry/Whitehall Street station was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, with millions of gallons of seawater sweeping into the then newly […]

  • ‘Playing the waiting game’: Garner family meets with DOJ officials in chokehold case

    NEW YORK — The family of a Staten Island man killed by an apparent police chokehold met with Justice Department officials Wednesday as a federal investigation of the case hangs in the balance. Federal authorities characterized the closed-door sit-down as routine and indicated there would be no major announcements, which was echoed during a news conference with Rev. Al Sharpton and the Garner family following the meeting. “Once again, we’re going to be playing the waiting game. We came here […]

  • NY Senate approves ban on e-cigarette use in bars, restaurants, parks

    NEW YORK —  We’ve come a long way since the first surgeon general warning about smoking in 1964,  and now New York State is on the brink of snuffing out vaping and e-cigarettes. New York City already banned this under their Smoke Free Air Act  — not allowing the use of e-cigarettes in areas such as bars, restaurants, offices, parks, and beaches. The act also restricts retailers from selling tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to anyone under 21. The state […]