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Magee Hickey is known for her bright red hair, her warmth and her bubbly personality. This Emmy Award-winning reporter has covered most of the big stories in the tri-state area in the past 25 years.

Magee is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Magee recently returned to the borough of her birth, and is its biggest cheerleader. She attended The Convent of the Sacred Heart and The Chapin School. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and that’s where she began her television news career. At WLNE-TV, Magee made a name for herself by going undercover as a hooker to rid a nice residential neighborhood of prostitution.

Then the bright lights of New York City lured her back home where she got to live her dream of reporting on all the crime, grime and politics of Gotham. Magee first worked at WNEW and WABC. At WNBC, she was the first anchor of the highly successful Weekend Today in New York program. And her first co-anchor was this new guy in town, Matt Lauer!

Magee spent years on the pre-dawn patrol at WCBS, getting up to 2 a.m. to cover the news of the day. That schedule also allowed her time to raise her two daughters and to care for her aging and ailing parents.

As passionate as Magee is about her television news career, she is equally devoted to community service and giving back to the city she loves.

In recent years, she has organized cabaret fundraisers involving many PIX reporters and anchors singing and dancing to raise money for the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development, a school founded by her late father for special needs children in the Bronx.

Several years ago, Magee faced her fear of singing in public by taking a cabaret singing class at the 92nd Street Y. Magee is also an accomplished classical flutist and is organizing a troupe of newscasters and other performers to visit schools, nursing homes and hospitals in the tri-state area.

Recent Articles
  • Video shows man attacking Williamsburg church with baseball bat

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Surveillance video released by police Thursday captured a man using a baseball bat to smash the glass doors of a church in Williamsburg. The incident happened at Williamsburg Spanish Church near Grand and Havenmeyer streets Wednesday around 7:25 p.m., according to police. Williamsburg resident Junior Abrey lives right next door to the church and told PIX11 he saw the entire attack, saying the angry man did not look like someone he recognized from the church, but clearly seemed to […]

  • Police arrest man wanted for stabbing brothers in argument over Brooklyn parking spot as he tried to leave country

    GEORGETOWN, Brooklyn — Police say 41-year-old  Djems Jean-Paul was arrested at JFK airport as he was trying to flee to Haiti. He is now charged with manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a deadly weapon after a fight over a parking spot between next door neighbors led to the death of 23-year-old Omari Dahan. “I felt something was brewing just by the long honk of the horn,” Corey, a neighbor who didn’t want to give his last name, told PIX11. “Five […]

  • Brooklyn community farm faces closure at end of lease

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — It’s not often that you find chickens laying eggs in a farm in the middle of New York City. But that’s just part of the charm for people who visit Bushwick City Farm on Stockton Street and Lewis Ave. BCF, as it’s called, is powered by solar panels has 50 chickens, eight ducklings, a turkey name Petunia and even tilapia fish. “It’s like an oasis for the church and the community,” Richard Calhoun, Pastor of the Brooklyn […]

  • Man arrested in brutal murders of mother, sister, family friend at Hempstead home

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —  A man has been charged with bludgeoning his mother, sister and family friend, to death inside their Hempstead home overnight, Nassau County Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said Saturday. Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was arrested Saturday following the early morning slayings. The victims have been identified as his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, 58, sister, Melissa Vanderhall, 29, and a family acquaintance, Janel Simpson, 29. A grieving mother being comforted by her husband as other relatives collapsed in grief when hearing […]

  • ‘He’s a brave kid!’ NYPD officer shot in Brooklyn released from hospital after bulletproof vest saves his life

    CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn — The NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty Thursday in Brooklyn was released from the hospital late Friday afternoon to cheers and applause from his fellow officers. More than a hundred police officers gathered at Jamaica Hospital to cheer as a beaming Officer Hart Nguyen was released, his partner in a white shirt by his side as was his wife, mother and father. “He’s a brave kid who was doing the job he […]

  • Priest accused of groping teenage girl in NJ is released from jail

    MORRISTOWN, NJ — A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt won’t have to remain in jail while the charges are pending in New Jersey. Rev. Marcin Nurek, newly ordained, wore an orange jumpsuit instead of a priest collar in court Wednesday. His hands looked like they were clasped in prayer, but they were really just holding up handcuffs. He said little in court, but Judge Paul Armstrong said a lot. Specifically, the judge detailed the allegations […]

  • Festival celebrating arts takes over Bronx street

    CONCOURSE, The Bronx — Lincoln Center moved to the South Bronx with a five-hour block party on Walton Avenue Sunday. It’s a 17-year tradition called La Casita and the festival opened with the beautiful Cuban music of Ellas Son. Artists performed in front of a mural painted by Manny Vega in 2001. “It’s about love. It’s about inspiration,” Vega said “It’s about being supportive to each other as artists and creating a home for ourselves as artists.” Festival producer Claudia Norman  said Lincoln Center […]

  • Lebowski Fest returns to NYC after 3-year break

    MANHATTAN — Welcome to the first Lebowski Fest in New York City in three years, held at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. Besides celebrating all things Lebowski from the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult classic, there were fans, actually known as achievers, dressed up as the main characters, Jeff Bridges’ The Dude, John Goodman’s Walter and Julianne Moore’s Maude, among many others. Besides The Dude’s forever-relevant message to achievers, Lebowski Fest founder Will Russell says this year’s festival has a slightly more serious […]

  • Vacant Brooklyn lot could be site of mass grave for Revolutionary War soldiers, historian says

    GOWANUS, Brooklyn — It looks like just another empty lot on the edge of Park Slope and Gowanus, but the construction site, which sometimes is a parking lot, might be final resting place for the soldiers from the Maryland 400. The Maryland 400 is a group of American Revolutionary heroes who stopped the invading British troops just long enough for General George Washington to retreat to safety during the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776. Noted Brooklyn historian Robert Furman said it’s a definite possibility […]

  • Politicians ride the subway for 24 hours to hear feedback from New Yorkers

    Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez traded in his City Hall office Thursday to ride the subways and get feedback from straphangers. Rodriguez told PIX11 he would be “listening to stories, listening to ideas and suggestions on how we can take the train to another level.” Rodriguez is part of the 24-hour Riders Respond Tour which will stop in all five boroughs. “The most important thing I think is hearing from the people who take the trains,” Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz said. During the […]