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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
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    GARDEN CITY, Long Island — Thirteen-year-old Liam O’Brien was a straight A student, happy and outgoing in the seventh grade at Garden City Middle School. Then he made the soccer team, a dream come true for him, according to his parents, and that’s when the bullying began. His parents say the bullying got so bad, their second oldest of five children ended up hospitalized with an eating disorder and depression. “I said you have to tell me. I know something […]

  • All aboard the complain train: New Yorkers share transit woes at MTA-themed gala

    FLATIRON DISTRICT, Manhattan — How about a “Cuomojito” after the subway ride you may have suffered through today? Welcome to the the Fifth Annual Riders Alliance Gala where members wear the subway lines that have given them the most trouble in the past year. And it’s been quite a year. More than 400 subway riders and activists descended on Slate NY to enjoy subway themed cocktails like that “Cuomojito,” he “rums” the MTA or “the sick passionger,” a passion fruit […]

  • Hundreds gather in East Harlem to raise money for Puerto Rico

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — The night was called Boricuas Unidos or Boricuas United. Hundreds gathered in East Harlem for a Puerto Rican relief fund raiser with lots of style, Salsa and substance. There was incredible performances of dancing, poetry and comedy all for a cause near and dear to all those in attendance: “It was a devastation hurricane. This is something we have got to do for our community,” Violeta Galagarza, the Boricuas United organizer, told PIX11. “Puerto Rico is […]

  • FDA must reverse decision delaying e-cig regulation, Schumer says

    [ooyala code=”AzYXAxZDE6LctrgSLIONukOpzQ-TMryj” player_id=”71fea79861d14fce867bc2d59a66edd8″ auto=”true” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ NEW YORK — One in five New York City high school students have used e-cigarettes in the last year, according to the New York State Tobacco Use Prevention Board. That’s  almost double the E-cigarette rate among high school students across the country. While e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco they do contain cancer causing formaldehyde and nicotine. Leading in the popularity is Juul, which sells pods in five flavors: mango, cool mint, Virginia tobacco, fruit medley […]

  • Music center hosts coquito competition to aid hurricane relief efforts

    What’s the secret to a great Coquito? PIX11 went to the Bronx Coquito Masters competition to find out. “The secret to a great coquito is Love,” said Debbie Quinones, organizer of Coquito Masters competition in the Bronx. “Then you add coconut, condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream of coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg.” At the Bronx Music Heritage Center, they gathered to celebrate their Puerto Rican roots and to help in the relief efforts for those struggling after the hurricane. First, those attending heard the music of Los […]

  • After-hours exploration held at historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

    It is both magical and mystical and more than a little scary. It’s the third annual “Into the Veil” by Atlas Obscura. With 560,000 lives interred on 478 acres in historic Green-Wood Cemetery, there is music and merriment and a few ghosts caught in between this world and the next. “She’s begging for redemption,” Natalia Paruz, performing Dream of Redemption by Scott Munson. The program manager of Green-Wood Cemetery, Harry Weil, explained why they keep their gates open after dark […]

  • 100 years later: Musicians, fans pay tribute to jazz legend Thelonious Monk

    NEW YORK — Thelonious Sphere Monk may have been born in North Carolina 100 years ago this week, but it was the streets of New York City and the vibrant jazz scene of the ’50s and ’60s that really shaped this one of a kind jazz pianist and genius composer. “In those days the coolest guys in America were jazz musicians like my father and dizzy Gillespie,” TS Monk, Thelonious’s son, told PIX11. “It’s an absolute New York Story. It […]

  • Sheepshead Bay residents upset with neighbor they say gets their legally parked cars towed

    SHEEPSHEAD BAY, Brooklyn — Longtime resident Mina Suarez is leading the charge against her neighbor who, she says, got her car towed even though it was legally parked. “My car was towed by this person. He said I blocked his driveway and it’s not true,” Suarez told PIX11. She showed  PIX11 how she says she parked her car legally in a spot on Brown Street in Sheepshead Bay but because she says her neighbor doesn’t like anyone to park in this legal […]

  • NYC bartender with 9-night ‘Jeopardy!’ streak wins fans with quirky antics, big bets

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  • Concealed carry bill could be dangerous for NY, Sen. Schumer warns

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — A push from the National Rifle Association to allow armed individuals from out of state to bring concealed and loaded firearms into New York is dangerous, Senator Chuck Schumer warned in a late Sunday night press conference. His warning came just one week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Stephen Paddock, 64. opened fire with multiple guns killing at least 58 people. Now, Sen. Schumer says the NRA is getting their allies in […]