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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
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    Fitness trainer and martial artist turns his struggles into inspiration

    At 6’4” and 240 pounds he may seem intimidating, but Dewayne Riggins was the bullied kid and high school dropout no one believed in. “I’d get pushed into the urinals, I’d get money taken away, and I was afraid. I was afraid to fight back. I didn’t feel good about myself,” said Riggins. The pressure set in and Dewayne decided to drop out of high school and move from his home state of Georgia, to New Jersey. It was there […]

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    Millions get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year

    SOUTH SETAUKET — The Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook is starting the Lunar New Year celebration early with their annual Chinese New Year Celebration and Community Cultural Program. The event, which takes place Monday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., features a variety of cultural acts and is free of charge. Lunar New Year begins Saturday, Jan. 28 and ends Feb. 2. Each celebration is represented by 12 zodiac animals that rotate through a 12-year period. This year marks the year of […]

  • Lisa Mateo learns self-defense moves on Jan. 18, 2017.

    Get fit while learning self-defense moves that can save your life

    UPPER EAST SIDE —  Women at Asphalt Green on the Upper East Side are getting fit and learning self defense moves that could save their lives. “Women’s Self Defense & Fitness” is a new class taught by third-degree black belt Chad Simon. Unlike typical one-off self defense seminars, Asphalt Green’s class is ongoing, and is just as much a calorie-burning, muscle-toning workout as it is a self defense class. Women hone defense moves designed for a variety of real-world situations. […]

  • Lisa Mateo on Jan. 17, 2017.

    Students show off their creative designs on Kid Inventors’ Day:

    BROOKLYN —  Some of the brightest minds from across the nation showcased their creative designs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s MakerSpace, in celebration of Kid Inventors’ Day. Each of the students used Autodesk’s Tinkercad software to create anything from fidget widgets designed to help cope with ADHD, to a patented emergency mask pod. Students from Midwood High School involved in NYU Tandon’s K12 STEM Education Center, developed a mechanism called ICM to help students with self esteem. To find out […]

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    NY Rangers help Long Island Arrows raise money for youth hockey

    FREEPORT, Long Island — The Rangers Alumni Association has teamed up with Long Island Arrows youth hockey to host a charity match on Friday, Jan. 20 at Cantiague Ice Rink. The goal is to raise $25,000 to fund youth hockey in underserved communities throughout Long Island. Arrows Hockey is one of the oldest hockey organizations on Long Island. The non-profit association provides boys and girls between 3 and 18 years old the opportunity to become involved in amateur hockey through Instructional, Intramural […]

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    Get in shape in 2017 with aerial dance class at Crunch Gym

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Twist, turn and wind your way to fitness with CirqFIT® aerial dance class from Crunch Gym. Participants use a suspended aerial hoop, called a Lyra, to increase strength, balance and flexibility while learning choreographed movements that will all come together for an impressive acrobatic finale. To find a class near you at www.crunch.com

  • PIX11 shows off sweet treats on National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day in 2017.

    Enjoy a sweet treat on National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

    It’s the national holiday recognized by the National Confectioners Association and celebrated by millions of people across the country. Jan. 3 is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Chocolate Works in Bellmore, Long Island, helped PIX11 celebrate by showing us how they make their sweet treats and more. An extension of New York-based 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, Chocolate Works transforms the corner candy shop into an interactive chocolate factory experience. Visitors can indulge in a hands-on experience molding, decorating, dipping, and crafting […]

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    Mother Africa entertains with mix of modern circus acts and African dance and music

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  • PIX11 takes a Sugartooth Tour on Dec. 13, 2016.

    Sugartooth Tours Holiday Market Dessert Tour shows the sweet side of NYC

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    ‘I Like It Like That’: A musical for the soul

    It’s the story of a Puerto Rican family living in East Harlem in the 70’s struggling to achieve the American Dream. But the real star of the play is the music. PIX11’s Lisa Mateo has a look at “I Like it Like That.”