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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 where she still lives. Magee 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 the last decade on the pre-dawn patrol at WCBS, getting up to 2 am 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. Magee is the quintessential baby boomer sandwich generation worker bee, trying to juggle many roles: wife, mother, daughter, tv news reporter and cabaret singer!

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. Magee is also an active fundraiser for the Kennedy Child Study Center and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Two 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 flautist and is organizing a troupe of newscasters and other performers to visit schools, nursing homes and hospitals in the tri-state area.

Recent Articles
  • NYC Medical Examiner’s Office offers hope with Missing Persons Day

    NEW YORK — Rose Cobo’s 23-year-old daughter Chelsea went missing last year in Sunset Park, leaving behind her young son Christopher, less than a year old. Rose came to the New York City Missing Persons Day at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to give a DNA swab and talk to other people who have missing loved ones. “People love their children to the moon and back,” Rose Cobo, fighting back tears, told PIX11. “I love mine to the most n […]

  • Fire destroys historic Lower East Side synagogue

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan –– Firefighters battled fire at a historic synagogue in lower Manhattan Sunday evening that sent smoke billowing across the skyline. The blaze began at 60 Norfolk St. in the Lower East Side around 7 p.m. It quickly grew to a 3-alarm fire inside the abandoned building, according to the FDNY. The fire was placed under control less than three hours later. For many, part of Lower East Side history at 60 Norfolk street is now gone forever. “It’s heartbreaking,” Frieda Fried, a […]

  • Residents of flood-prone Queens neighborhood look to the city for help

    ROSEDALE, Queens — For almost 20 years, every time it rains really hard, the street in front of Angela Dennis’s home turns into a lake of rainwater, eight inches at its deepest, spilling over onto the sidewalks on 148th Avenue, just off of Francis Lewis Boulevard. “It’s always bad, whenever it rains heavily,” Ms. Dennis told PIX11. “When I look outside, I could not believe my eyes and it has been like this ever since.” Eddie Parker, her neighbor said […]

  • ‘We are all one family’: Charity hockey game held for fallen FDNY firefighter William Tolley

    EAST MEADOW, N.Y — A moment of silence was held for fallen firefighter William Tolley before a charity game between the Whalers and the FDNY hockey teams. It’s a fundraiser for Tolley’s widow, Marie, and his 8-year-old daughter, Isabella, who dropped the first puck. The whalers is a team of Long Island first responders founded by Suffolk county police officer Anthony Legotti. “I started this team for events like this,” Legotti told PIX11. “We are all one family and we try to […]

  • Broadway Weekends offers musical theater camp for adults

    NEW YORK — Ever dreamed of singing and dancing like a Broadway star? If so, Broadway Weekends is just for you. The performers who signed up for Broadway Weekends aren’t professionals, but have a passion for theater. They’re physician assistants, marketing professionals and software and tv programmers who are taking part in a theater fantasy camp for adults. “You don’t see a lot of programs like this catering to grownups with day jobs, Patty Klingbiel Connell, a market research and […]

  • Weekend L-train shutdown gives riders taste of what’s to come

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — There’s no L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan this weekend, giving riders a taste of what’s to come in 2019 when the line shuts down for 15 months. No L trains are running between Broadway Junction and Eighth Avenue from 12:10 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday — and that means shuttle buses, chaos and complaints. “It’s a real pain,” Luca Mercedes said. “Without the L train, it takes half an hour longer to get into […]

  • 2 people beat, rob 51-year-old man in Bronx apartment lobby

    FORDHAM HEIGHTS, the Bronx — Police are looking for two men who beat and robbed a 51-year-old man in a Bronx apartment building, NYPD officials said Sunday. The NYPD released surveillance video that shows the culprits following the man into the Morris Avenue apartment building on April 4 around 12:30 pm. The culprits threw the victim to the lobby floor, police said. They punched and kicked him before they stole his gym beg and ran out of the apartment building. The […]

  • NYPD Commissioner tries to ease fears of pro-immigrant crowd at packed Bronx church

    THE BRONX –– More than 600 people from South Bronx churches packed Immaculate Conception Church with one goal in mind: to ask the police commissioner to make sure this community of immigrants is safe for everyone, regardless of immigration status. “I am the grandson of immigrants,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told the crowd. “I understand diversity. We are a majority minority police department. That’s what it takes to keep this city safe.” One 18-year-old college freshman whose relatives are undocumented immigrants from Mexico […]

  • Beloved Yorkville deli manager fatally struck by taxi

    YORKVILLE, Manhattan — A community is mourning a beloved deli manager who was killed Saturday after being struck by a taxi. For more than 30 years, Mano, the manager at Super Del market in Yorkville took care of everyone in this community. Manickam was struck and killed by a taxi making a left-hand turn onto York Avenue from 78th Street at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. He had the light and was in the crosswalk. “I actually see men cry for this […]

  • Queens Village residents mourn loss of 5 killed in house fire

    QUEENS VILLAGE, Queens — A community is in mourning after five people, including three children, died in a house fire in Queens Village Sunday afternoon. David Buchanan says he was praying in church when the house next door to his burst into flames. When he knew his children were safe, he began to grieve for his neighbors. “When something like this happens, there are no words to express,” Buchanan told PIX11, “it is tragic.” Residents along 208th Street are devastated, […]