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It’s hard to believe after moving up from traffic reporter to news and feature reporter, to weather and news anchor, and receiving 2 Emmy nominations, it all started with getting coffee, running scripts, and rolling the teleprompter for the anchors.

My passion for news and writing, however, dates back to elementary and high school, when I wrote for my school newspaper. I guess you can say I was an inquisitive child, asking questions about everything to anyone who would listen. My parents sure loved that! I wrote about everything from school events, to the sports recap of the basketball, volleyball and track meets I participated in.

From there, it was on to Rutgers University where I wrote for the college newspaper, as I completed a double major in Journalism and Communications. I continued with print journalism, but after reporting on a number of breaking news stories, I realized I wanted something more. I wanted to report the story live on the scene.

What I love most about my job is that every day is a different adventure filled with new and exciting people. There have been days when I co-anchored the news the news from 5-6 am, reported on breaking news 7-9 am, returned to the station for a celebrity interview. I also enjoy reporting from the neighborhoods where I grew up, in Brooklyn and New Jersey. And finally, I take pride in being the voice for people in need of help.

Working at WPIX has also offered me the opportunity to host, write and executive produce a number of 1/2 hour travel specials for the station. Most recently, I was named host of “Celebrity Taste Makers,” a 30 minute series on WPIX, about celebrities and their favorite restaurant.

However, my greatest achievement of all is my loving family. I could not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my supporting husband and two kids. Whether it’s going back and forth taking them to ballet, gymnastics, baseball or track meets, or just hanging home for movie night, family time is what I look forward to the most.

Recent Articles
  • Celebrating the New York roots of Double Dutch

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn —  With probable origins dating back to ancient Phoenician, Egyptian and Chinese ropemakers, Double Dutch has been around for a long time, but it was the Dutch settlers who introduced the favorite pastime to New York City. In 1973, the famous street game quickly developed into the world-class competitive sport it is today with the creation of what is now the National Double Dutch League. The organization was founded in 1973 by David A. Walker, then a New […]

  • Humdinger of a good time

    PARAMUS, N.J. — With indoor batting cages, bowling, an arcade, a full menu and more, Humdingers in Paramus, New Jersey, has something for everyone. The eight fully automated batting cages and 12 pitching machines are great for visitors of all levels. Race against time and test your agility, maneuvering through a field of laser beams in the Laser Maze Challenge or try to break as many lasers as possible in 30 seconds in the Beam Buster. Twelve boutique bowling lanes each […]

  • Take a tour inside Fort Hamilton, New York City’s only active military base

  • Englewood Jr. Raiders Race to Nationals

    ENGLEWOOD, NJ — Englewood Jr. Raiders Track & Field community based team has coached thousands of youths ranging in ages 7-16 since 1985. The team has advanced to the USATF Junior National Olympics consecutively for the past 10 years, however due to the lack of funding, these young athletes have not always had the opportunity to attend. This year the team has 57 members who have qualified, and they need your financial support. They are about $10,000 away from their […]

  • LI’s Adventure Park offers climbing, ziplining fun for the entire family

    WHEATLEY HEIGHTS — With 10 different color-coded aerial trails ranging from introductory to advanced, The Adventure Park at Long Island is more than just about climbing, it’s an experience. Positioned throughout the trails are 135 tree-to-tree challenge bridges, of which 16 are zip lines. Every climber wears a safety harness which is continuously clipped into a safety cable during their time in the trees. You must be at least 7 years old to climb. The Adventure Park at Long Island […]

  • Parents, kids face-off in LEGO creativity competition

    LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester wants to know who’s more creative, parents or kids? Watch the video to see parents vs. kids, and use the PIX11 code to get a discount on your own visit!

  • Lisa goes skydiving indoors at iFly Westchester

    YONKERS, N.Y. – Today Lisa Mateo was flying high at iFly Westchester. The indoor skydiving facility uses a vertical wind tunnel to give you the feel of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. Flyers must be 3 years of age or older. Participants must weigh less than 300 pounds. Women who are pregnant should not fly. People with recent back, neck and heart problems should check with a doctor before flying. To book a flight log onto […]

  • West Point’s Reception Day welcomes incoming class of 2021

    WEST POINT N.Y. — More than 1,230 U.S. citizens and 13 international students reported to the United States Military Academy in West Point today for Reception Day. The incoming Class of 2021 was selected from a pool of nearly 13,000 applicants. Lisa Mateo was on hand as the new cadets began the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. “The quality and rich diversity of our students entering with the Class of 2021 is exceptional and […]

  • Check out Coney Island’s 2017 summer attractions

    Luna Park, New York City’s largest amusement park, will host the biggest block party of the year to celebrate the Cyclone’s 90th Birthday on Sunday, June 25 at Luna Park in Coney Island. Grammy-nominated platinum recording artist ‘Fabolous’ will headline the event, and also joining in the celebration are Power 105.1’s Angela Yee and DJ Will. The Harlem Globetrotters will also headline the event as they have also recently celebrated their 90th Birthday. The Globetrotters will perform twice and following […]

  • Life’s a Beach Week: Long Beach

    Lifeguards, surfing, food and more! Lisa Mateo visited the City by the Sea, Long Beach. She spoke with Paul Gillespie, Long Beach’s Chief Lifeguard, who walked her through a surfboard rescue. Long Beach lifeguards begin full time hours on Saturday. In the 7 a.m. hour,  Lisa learned how to surf with Will Skudin, co-founder of Skudin Surf of Long Beach, to celebrate International Surf Day. Skudin Surf offers adult and kid camps, as well as  group lessons, parties and team […]