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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.

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
  • Brooklyn organizations launch campaign to combat human trafficking

    “Restavek is what human trafficking looks like in Haiti.” December 10 is Human Rights Day. Now, a group of Brooklyn community leaders is focusing on sex trafficking in the Haitian community to raise awareness to help the victims. “Human trafficking is not a Haitian issue. It’s a human issue,” Fabiola Desmond, of Restavek Freedom, told PIX11 News. “Restavek is what human trafficking looks like in Haiti.” The group gathered at the Cortelyou Road Church of God to draw attention to […]

  • Jersey City residents enjoy the first snowfall of winter

      JERSEY CITY, N.J. — With the temperatures just hovering at the freezing mark, it was time to shovel away the two inches of snow that fell in Jersey City and put the sodium chloride icemelt on slippery sidewalks. Some drivers were prepared, lifting their wiper blades so they don’t stick in the snow. A Queens resident visiting Jersey City for the day was busy clearing and scraping and reveling in the first snowfall of the season. “Love the snow,” Raymond […]

  • Annual SantaCon bar crawl draws criticism: ‘Just an excuse to get drunk!’

    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan —Hundreds of Santas gathered as the snowflakes just began to fall on the steps of the Farley post office at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue Saturday morning. And as the snow fall increased, so did the number of Santas, elf impersonators, reindeer and even an abominable snowman or two. It is the annual pub crawl called SantaCon. More than 50 bars are participating, mostly in Midtown and the East Village. These revelers come from all over. “It’s my […]

  • Pornhub pop-up in SoHo met with protests

    SOHO, Manhattan — Does pornography promote sexual violence? That’s what a group of women’s rights advocates are claiming outside of the PornHub pop-up store in Soho. “Why are you selling handcuffs what do hand cuffs have to do with free will and equality why are you selling handcuffs?” Feminist author and leader Gloria Steinem was leading the charge of a group of women’s rights advocates and sex trade survivors who are protesting this porn hub pop up store in Soho. […]

  • Ripped apart for the holidays: Queens dad to be deported, his wife faces same fate in January

    QUEENS — It appears to be only hours until the Villacis family is torn torn apart, with their father and husband, Juan, facing deportation Friday morning. “Maybe in the future, we’ll be together, but I don’t know when,” said his wife, Liany Guerrero. Guerrero is fighting back the tears, trying to be strong for her twin daughters, but knows that her beloved husband of 29 years will most likely be deported to his native Ecuador early Friday morning. The family […]

  • Family of Queens man facing deportation this week desperate to keep dad in the U.S.

    WOODHAVEN, Queens — A 57-year-old Queens dad is less than a week away from a scheduled deportation, but his family isn’t giving up on the right to keep him here. There’s a petition with nearly 10,000 signatures calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement not to deport Juan Villacis on Friday. “He’s an extraordinary human being and we are asking ICE to reconsider,” Paulina Rueda said. Juan’s wife and his twin daughters entered the country legally in 2001 seeking political asylum. Once that was […]

  • Queens woman found dead with throat slashed on the island of Jamaica

    MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Desiree Gibbon arrived in Jamaica on Oct. 20 and was given a three-month visa, according to reports. Her body was found over the weekend by area residents who called police. She was looking for work in Jamaica to help pay for film school, her mother said. She was a model and actress and dreamed of making documentaries. “They said, ‘Your daughter has been found by the side of the road, her throat slashed,'” Andrea Gibbon said. “They […]

  • Cab driver unable to work after two teens allegedly cut off his thumb in the Bronx

    CONCOURSE, the Bronx —  Two teens allegedly sliced off a livery cab driver’s right thumb while he was defending three young passengers in his car last Sunday. Those two teens, Kenneth Guzman and Juan Carlos Sanchez, have been charged with assault in the attack on Richard de Leon. The judge released one of the teens too quickly and on too low a bail, according to the head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. “The biggest crime in this case was committed […]

  • Teen delivery worker fatally struck by car was in country by himself, trying to raise money for his family

    SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — A 14-year-old boy Guatemalan boy fatally struck by a driver Saturday night had spent nearly half a year living alone in Brooklyn, hoping to raise money to send back home to his family. Edwin Ajacalon was hit by a BMW sedan as he was biking along 23rd Street. The driver stayed on the scene. The teen could only find work making deliveries on his bike, and lived in NYC without family. He hoped to save enough money […]

  • The Christmas lights are up in Dyker Heights: ‘I do it to make the children smile’

    DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — How do you know when it is Christmas time in the city? Some say it’s when the tree in Rockefeller Center goes up or when Santa marches down Fifth Avenue to end the Thanksgiving Day parade. But real New Yorkers know it’s actually when the world-famous Dyker Heights lights illuminate their neighborhood. More than 100,000 people drive through this Brooklyn neighborhood each year to see these huge, inflatable Santas and snowmen, nativity scenes and angels. “It’s […]