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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
  • Residents face deadly storm damage as thousands still without power across NY, NJ

    NEW JERSEY — Over 100,000 customers continue to live without power days after the nor’easter storm hammered the tri-state area. Downed trees and a snapped telephone pole are just part of the damage. The aftermath of the storm also proved to be not just dangerous, but fatal. A driver was found dead inside a flaming car parked near live power lines in New Jersey on Thursday, the morning after a nor’easter wreaked havoc across the region, knocking down trees and wires […]

  • Park Slope crash: Children killed ID’d; Tony Award-winning actress hurt

    PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — Two young children killed in a crash that injured three others, including a pregnant Tony Award-winning mother, were identified Tuesday, as the investigation continues into the driver’s claim she suffered a medical condition at the time of the wreck. Friends Ruthie Ann Blumenstein and Lauren Lew were walking with their two young children near Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope when police say a 2016 Volvo S60 Sedan crashed into them, along with a fifth person, around 12:40 […]

  • 2 children dead, pregnant woman and 2 others injured after being struck by driver in Park Slope

    PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — Two children are dead and three adults, including a pregnant woman, were injured after being struck by a driver, who witnesses say attempted to flee, in Brooklyn on Monday. The pedestrians were struck by a 2016 Volvo S60 Sedan at the intersection of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope around 12:40 p.m., according to police. A PIX11 reporter on scene witnessed a pregnant woman and two children in a stroller get off a bus when they were […]

  • Power outages lingering in parts of NY

    NEW YORK — Residents in the areas of New York hit hardest by a powerful coastal storm could be without power into the early part of next week. The storm brought flooding and heavy winds that brought down trees, with Westchester and Putnam counties particularly impacted by the loss of electricity. 39,437 residents are still in the dark in Westchester County and 41,529 are without power in Putnam County, according to reports by Con Edison and NYSEG. Gov. Andrew Cuomo […]

  • Concerns raised about secret alcohol in kombucha, drink long lauded as health tonic

    NEW YORK — Kombucha is a wildly popular drink that has devotees believing it can help asthma, high blood pressure and prostate problems, even cancer. About $600 million a year is being spent on it, with yearly growth of 25 percent expected. Now it’s being called out for problems because of its alcohol content. Kombucha has been around for thousands of years and is a non-alcoholic tea brewed from yeast and bacteria. The claim to fame for most of these […]

  • Student in custody after reported social media threat to NJ’s Dumont High School

    DUMONT, N.J. — A New Jersey high school student was taken into custody after a reported social media threat that prompted a lockdown and a SWAT team response. Dumont police told The Record on Monday that a threat was made on social media by a 15-year-old Dumont High School sophomore and seen by another student. Chief Michael Conner said a gun was found at the student’s home. It wasn’t clear whether the weapon belonged to the student. The Bergen County […]

  • Ghetto Film School gives young filmmakers chance at stardom

    NEW YORK — Aspiring young filmmakers are getting their chance at stardom thanks to New York charities and the Cigna Foundation. The mission was simple: to address health disparities seen in some of New York’s poorest neighborhoods. Cigna wanted to do more than just write a check, so they joined forces with the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx to harness the ideas of young filmmakers. Students pitched a panel of professionals with their vision for how they would showcase […]

  • Schools in NJ town reopen after death of student with flu

    ELIZABETH, N.J. — All schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey reopened Tuesday after a child in the town possibly died from the flu Sunday. Daniela Genaro, a student who attended Nicholas LaCorte – Peterstown School No. 3, died Sunday after being diagnosed with the flu. Her death is under investigation by New Jersey’s Department of Health to determine if the virus was the child’s primary cause of death. Over the weekend, Elizabeth Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer posted letters to parents informing them […]

  • All schools in NJ town closed over ‘security threat’; Instagram video eyed

    NUTLEY, N.J. — All schools in Nutley are closed Friday due to a “security threat,” authorities said. The district made the announcement shortly after midnight when administrators became aware of a security threat. The Nutley Police Department said it is actively investigating a video posted to Instagram. The video posted included threatening song lyrics from the Foster the People song, “Pumped Up Kicks,” which talked about kids outrunning bullets and guns. “The individual that has been identified in this incident […]

  • Healing circles in NYC help victims of sex abuse heal

    NEW YORK — The voices of dozens of gymnasts inside a Michigan courtroom left a searing mark on those who watched. “We are here. We have our voices. We are not going anywhere,” Aly Raisman, former USA Olympic gymnast spoke with a steady voice, laced with controlled anger and pain. Those same tones could be heard in a TriBeCa conference room, hundreds of miles away, as women sat in a circle exposing their own pain and trying to come to grip […]