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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
  • 46 dogs arrive in NY from South Korea, saved from slaughter

    NEW YORK — A dog meat farm in South Korea is missing 46 dogs that arrived at New York’s Kennedy Airport after being rescued. After landing late Saturday, the animals were headed for shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ten of the dogs were brought to Animal Haven in SoHo and will be available for adoption. The Humane Society International is responsible for saving the dogs that would otherwise have been slaughtered. Humane Society officials say they awaited death […]

  • Bronx superintendent after basement marijuana grow operation catches fire: NYPD

    CASTLE HILL, The Bronx — A house fire in the Bronx led police to a major discovery. The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. in the Chatterton Avenue building, an NYPD spokesman said. Firefighters had it quickly under control and searched the building to check there weren’t any lingering hotspots. They discovered marijuana plants in the basement and on the first floor. Officials say the three-family home had been converted into a marijuana grow house. Police recovered 10 pounds of marijuana […]

  • Meet the Queens man putting ‘Made by Refugee’ stickers on items in NYC stores

    ASTORIA, Queens — A Queens man is putting “Made by Refugee” stickers on items in stores throughout New York City to showcase how immigrants and refugees have shaped the world we live in today. Kien Quan, of Astoria, is the brainchild behind the project. He’s a man who knows firsthand what it is like to be an immigrant. “My family came from Vietnam,” Quan told PIX11 News. “I thought this was a great way to pay homage.” Quan, 26-year-old freelance photographer, is on a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mill Basin residents frustrated over lack of garbage removal

    OLD MILL BASIN, Brooklyn — On this block of East 54th Street of Old Mill Basin residents pride themselves on keeping their homes, front lawns and sidewalks tidy but they say that’s next to impossible when they’ve had no garbage pick up for close to 11 days now. “I had no problem putting out my garbage,” Steve Terruso, an Old Mill Basin resident, told PIX11 news. “They should have no problem picking it up.” It’s the same problem throughout this […]

  • Artists paint iconic Michelangelo image on Brooklyn building for Easter

    BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — A familiar scene from the Sistine Chapel has appeared on the side of a Brooklyn building. Artists from Milestone Advertising have been re-creating Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” at the corner of 81st Street and Third Avenue in the parking lot of the Food Emporium in Bay Ridge. “It’s a little intimidating,” artist Kerry Thompson told PIX11, “following in the footsteps of one of the greatest artists in art history. But it’s pretty good to get […]

  • Poetry under deadline: Colleagues remember Jimmy Breslin as ‘the heart of New York’

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Jimmy Breslin was a crank and a curmudgeon. Some politicians called him a public nuisance, but Breslin was also a poet, a Pulitzer Prize winner and passionate about his work. To say that  Breslin was a colorful New York character is an understatement. This Pulitzer Prize winning chronicler of both wise guys and underdogs expressed the soul of New York City like no other columnist before or after him. His columns were literally poetry under deadline. “He was […]

  • MTA fare hike goes into effect at midnight Sunday

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Get ready to pay a little more for you subway rides. Starting at midnight Sunday, all MTA bridges and tunnels, Metro-North, Long Island Railroad, subway and bus riders will getting hit with toll and fare hikes. “The fares are always going up, but our paychecks don’t,” Jazxmel Tyson lamented to PIX11 News outside the subway turnstile at Grand Central Terminal. The lines at the MetroCard machines were particularly long on Saturday, just hours before the MTA fare hikes […]

  • Thousands gather along Fifth Avenue for annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Among the bagpipers, shamrocks, green hair and Irish flags, there was one person notably absent this Saint Patrick’s Day parade on Friday. Paralyzed NYPD Detective Steven McDonald who passed away two months ago, had been a fixture at the parade for close to three decades. His widow, Patti Ann McDonald and son, Conor, marched behind the banner that read, “Believe in the power of love and forgiveness in memory if Detective Steven McDonald.” “That’s what the banner says […]

  • Manhattan special needs music school performs concert of thanks

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan – 32-year-old Daniel Trush has so much to be thankful for as he sings a song he wrote with his music director, Jerry Powers. You see, 20 years ago Daniel, at age 12, had five brain aneurysms and wasn’t expected to survive. But thanks to wonderful doctors and an incredibly supportive family, Daniel not only survived but is thriving as a singer and music teacher at a special needs music school created by his family called Daniel’s […]