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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
  • 8-year-old boy fatally struck by vehicle in the Bronx

    WILLIAMSBRIDGE, the Bronx — An 8-year-old boy was fatally struck by a vehicle in the Bronx. Police said a woman, 34, had picked up her neighbor’s son, Cellou Diallo, from school and dropped him off in front of his home. Diallo was standing on the sidewalk while the woman attempted to parallel park.  She lost control of the vehicle while reversing into the parking spot, mounted the curb, struck Diallo and pinned him against a cement wall in front of the building, according to police. […]

  • New documentary profiles first Somali-American legislator in the US

    Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. Her story was shared in a documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. The mom of three took on a lawmaker in the Minnesota state legislature who had been there for more than four decades as well as a Somali-American male challenger. “It was sort of like moving a mountain.” she said. Filmmaker Norah Shapiro described Omar as an extreme underdog when she first met her. She had no idea that […]

  • Earth Day 2018, NYC style

    Welcome to Earth Day 2018, SoHo style. Here at Camp Arlo at the Arlo Hotel, there’s millennial make up that is eco-friendly, there’s knitting and there’s misting for beauty. But first, how about a swim in the Gowanus Canal? “Call me crazy, but I’m a swimmer,” Christopher Swain, a clean water advocate, told PIX11 News as he prepared to swim in the Gowanus Canal. It’s one of America’s most polluted water ways, but on this earth day, Swain, once again, […]

  • Family of alleged Stop & Shop shoplifter want employees held accountable for his death

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The family of an alleged shoplifter who died following an altercation with employees at a Flatbush Stop & Shop called on the Brooklyn District Attorney to look into the possibility of charging those employees with manslaughter. Ralph Nimmons, 51, died while being detained by store employees. His family met with District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and seven staff members for 45 minutes Wednesday. “He didn’t deserve what he got,” Bonezelee Nimmons, the victim’s uncle, said at a news conference. “I’m angry about […]

  • Retired school teacher killed in Jersey City park

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A retired school teacher was killed in a Jersey City park Sunday morning, officials said. Anthony Bello died after what police described as an altercation in Pershing Field. As president of the local little league, Bellow was a fixture in the park. He was fondly remembered by former student Sheldon Gochiz. Gochiz, now 26, took Bello’s history class when he was in middle school. “You always see him around. You always say, ‘hi,’ but to have […]

  • 20th annual teen poetry slam held at Apollo Theater

    HARLEM, Manhattan — “These young poets represent the best of the best!” It’s the Urban Word NYC 20th Annual Teen Poetry Slam at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem and there is just so much talent up on the stage. “My sexuality is an angle sliced in half that people insist is disproportionate,” Nathanial Swanson, a young poet, said from the stage. They are all under the age of 21 and they slammed about love and sex, sexual orientation and […]

  • Parkland shooting survivors speak to NJ students

    NEWARK, N.J. —Two survivors of the Parkland massacre and brought their push for stricter gun laws to New Jersey students in a packed Science Park High School auditorium. But first they talked about what they lived through last Valentine’s Day, mesmerizing the other young people about what they witnessed. “I heard the shots being fired,” Alfonso Calderon, a Parkland shooting survivor, told the other high school students, “We were all pushed into a ten food closet, 60 of us…I knew […]

  • Student saves life just days after learning CPR at high school

    MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — They are CPR heroes, albeit modest ones. Student Anthony Rosa Compres and his CPR teacher Oswaldo De La Cruz have both saved lives because they know what to do when a heart stops beating. “He is the bridge between the victim and 911 and he did a good job,” Oswaldo De La Cruz, the CPR teacher at International Community High School, told PIX11. As mandated by New York State law in 2015, all public high […]

  • Fire on 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York kills 1

    MANHATTAN, N.Y. — One person is dead and four firefighters were injured after a blaze broke out in an apartment on the 50th floor of Trump Tower just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, the FDNY said. More than 200 firefighters and EMS battled the four alarm fire with lots of smoke damaging other apartments above. “The apartment was virtually entirely on fire,” Daniel Nigro, NYC Fire Commissioner, said at a news conference. “They pushed in there. Heroically.” Police said the […]

  • Conor McGregor could face up to 7 years in prison for backstage attack at Barclays

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. —  UFC fighter Conor McGregor is facing up to seven years in prison for his backstage attack on fellow fighters backstage at the Barclays Center on Thursday. The UFC released two different videos of McGregor heaving items, including a metal barrier and a hand truck, at a packed bus full of fighters. MMA fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were pulled from Saturday’s UFC223 fight after receiving several cuts during the incident, while a third fighter, Artem Lobov, was removed […]