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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.

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    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,” […]

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    Report claims Cuomo cut millions in MTA funding but his office says otherwise

    NEW YORK – There could be more problems for city’s subway, bus and rail system. Governor Cuomo’s executive budget includes a $65 million budget cut in MTA funds, according to a NY Daily News exclusive. The Governor’s office refuted the report, saying there was no reduction but a different budget allocation, according to state budget division spokesperson Morris Peters. “The facts here are simple – state aid to the MTA last year was $4.456 billion, and this year it’s $4.486 – […]

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    1 dead, 1 injured in fire at Old Bridge, NJ home

    OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – One man is dead and another is injured after an early morning blaze consumed a house in Old Bridge. A man, approximately 65-years-old, was killed in the fire, fire officials said. His 90-year-old father Frank, a World War II veteran, survived the blaze by hanging out of his bedroom window. He was saved by a volunteer firefighter who used a truck ladder as he was hanging from the second floor of the burning home. The victim was transported to an area hospital and being […]

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    Bronx mother’s disappearance considered ‘suspicious’ by police: Sources

    THE BRONX — Police are asking the public for help in finding a woman who was reported missing from the Bronx Wednesday. Joan Viau, 52, of Carlisle Place, in the Bronx, was last seen around 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in front of her home. Sources say the woman’s vehicle was found with blood in it and detectives have deemed her disappearance suspicious. Viau is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with brown eyes and salt and pepper hair. She was […]

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    National Organization for Women plan Brooklyn protest following NYPD captain’s rape comments

    NEW YORK — The National Organization for Women is promising to protest outside the 94th precinct in Greenpoint Tuesday against comments from the NYPD’s commanding officer casting some rapes as less troubling than others. While addressing a 62 percent spike in rapes in 2016 at a community meeting last Wednesday, Capt. Peter Rose attributed the spike partially to women on Tinder dates and those raped by co-workers and other acquaintances, and categorized those as not as serious or troubling as stranger rape. A firestorm […]

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    ‘Sacred Baths’ to revitalize your spirit and open your heart

    It’s the New Year, and many of us are looking to change things for the better. What if those changes were as simple as taking a bath? That’s the promise of psychologist and author Paulette Sherman, who helped deal with the demands of a job, a commute, two kids and a breast cancer diagnosis by taking a relaxing dip in her tub. And now she’s sharing the recipes for life’s success found in the warmth of your tub. Using essential […]

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    Police fatally shoot teen in 2nd deadly shooting involving officers in Brooklyn overnight

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – Police fatally shot a teenager armed with a gun who turned on them when cops confronted him outside a Brooklyn club early Wednesday, according to officials. The NYPD says three plainclothes officers – one sergeant and two officers – were on patrol in vicinity of Atlantic and Grand Avenues in Crown Heights around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. They heard gunfire coming from the vicinity of 990 Atlantic Ave. and saw a man firing a gun into B Hive […]

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    Long Island venue prepares to saber bottles of Champagne for New Year’s Eve

    Looking for a party trick to rock your New Years Eve? Instead of popping the bubbly and letting the cork fly, grab a sword and saber that bottle of Champagne! Butch Yamali of The Coral House in Baldwin, Long Island goes through about 1,000 bottles, serving 2,750 guests on New Year’s Eve. He and his beverage team fell in love with the idea after seeing it online. They researched techniques and spent hours sharpening their skills, investing in $400 sabers from […]

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    Popular app can lead to Holiday weight loss success

    Holiday Dieting?! Yes! Here’s a novel idea:  rather than packing on the pounds this holiday, how about keeping them off in the first place? A heavily downloaded app is proving to be the new way to harness science, coaching and food logging all in one winning approach to weight loss. Elaine Bernardi, a mom of three, found herself diagnosed with metabolic disorder and unable to hold weight loss from the popular diet programs. Then she tried A personal weight loss […]

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    Lego robotics help kids build friendships

    Child’s play….or social skills teaching? Yes for both. It looks like kids just building with Lego robotics, but what you’re not seeing is how these children are building friendships and learning the unwritten rules of relationships that can be tougher for some to master. “Many of our kids don’t get invited on playdates, don’t get invited to birthday parties because they are socially awkward,” said Sonia Marshall-Brown. “So what we are trying to do is create meaningful relationships so they […]