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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.

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    NJ father launches ‘Kindness Challenge’ after son’s suicide

    HOLMDEL, N.J. — A grieving father created a Facebook group dedicated to random acts of kindness in the memory of his son who died by suicide. Dylan Vassallo’s father Dennis created a Facebook group called The Kindness Challenge to share stories of kindness and urge people to do good deeds without expecting anything in return because that’s what 17-year-old Dylan’s life was all about. “He would have loved The Kindness Challenge, he would have been posting everyday,” Julia Vassallo told […]

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    NJ pastor offers church as sanctuary to undocumented immigrants during ICE raids

    HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. — A New Jersey pastor is offering his church to undocumented immigrants who face possible deportations during U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. The Reformed Church of Highland Park is the ultimate sanctuary church. Its pastor, Reverend Seth Kaper-Dale, is a well-known immigrant and refugee advocate who is now running for governor of New Jersey on the Green Party line. In 2012, this church gave shelter to nine Indonesian immigrants facing possible deportation. Sunday school classrooms were […]

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    Young reporter complimented by President Trump for question asked

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    New Yorkers rally to say, ‘Today I am a Muslim, too’

    NEW YORK — New Yorkers by the thousand, representing myriad backgrounds and faiths, converged on Times Square on Sunday, heeding a music mogul’s calls to let Muslims know their fellow Americans stood by them. The demonstrators — many of them hoisting placards featuring a woman in an American flag hijab with the caption “we the people are greater than fear” — gathered at one of the world’s most famous public places to denounce what they see as threats and pressure […]

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    ‘Good Morning Astoria’ parody web series poke fun at local morning TV news shows

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    New Yorkers push to overturn Charles Oakley’s ban at Madison Square Garden

    NEW YORK — New York Knicks fans were pumped after their four-point victory over the San Antonio Spurs. They were still upset with James Dolan’s ban of Knicks legend Charles Oakley after he was ejected from Madison Square Garden Wednesday night for getting into a fight with a security guard. “We won it for Oakley,” one fan leaving the Madison Square Garden told PIX11. “It was terrible how Dolan brought out other Knicks greats tonight to rub it in Oakley’s […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11:  People attend a demonstration against the immigration polices of U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington Square Park on February 11, 2017 in New York City. Trump announced on Friday that he is considering rewriting his executive order temporarily barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Hundreds gather in Washington Square Park to rally against Trump’s policies

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    ‘Immigrants make America great’: Park Slope restaurant prints message of solidarity on receipts

    PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — One Brooklyn restaurant’s message of solidarity following President Trump’s travel ban is causing a quite a stir online after a photo of a receipt circulated on social media. From the outside, Kiwiana looks like any other quaint and cozy Park Slope restaurant serving interesting cuisine — but they have a message for their customers. “Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today),” reads the bottom of the receipts. The bold political move by “Top Chef” […]

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    Meet the man with the minivan full of ‘Speed’ VHS tapes in Brooklyn

    SOUTH SLOPE, Brooklyn — “Pop quiz, hot shot.” Name the movie that line is from. “Speed.” That’s easy. The tougher question is why is someone collecting VHS tapes of the movie and displaying them on the dashboard of a van parked all over Brooklyn. Someone tweeted a picture of the van parked on 17th St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Brooklyn for the past two days and it got more than 15,000 likes and 4000 retweets. But why the […]

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