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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
  • Coney Island Cyclone coaster turns 90

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — The “Big Momma” of Coney Island coasters turns 90 on Monday. The Coney Island Cyclone debuted on June 26, 1927 and became a landmark in 1998. It’s been entertaining and thrilling millions of New Yorkers and tourists throughout the years. “It’s 90 years of history on wheels,” said Angie Morris, a spokeswoman for Luna Park. “It has the drops, the turns and there’s also curiosity about it. You want to see for yourself how scary it is.” Molly, […]

  • ‘Tegan and Sara’ headline ‘Queer on the Pier’ event to kick off Pride Month

    Tegan and Sara,  lesbian twin sisters from Canada, were the headliners for Pride Island this crowd went wild on Pier 26,  otherwise known as Queer on the Pier,  as the sign says. The theme of Pride 2017 is “we are proud” and yes they are. “It’s really rejuvenating to be on a pier with so many gay people,” Lia Hagen, a Pride Island participant, told PIX11. Many of the Pride Island participants say they are thrilled that one of the grand […]

  • Video: Police break up outdoor music concert on Lower East Side; 2 arrested

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — It was a beautiful day on the first day of summer and the classic rock ‘n’ roll band Beachwood was playing before a crowd of 50 to 60 people on the sidewalk in front The Cast on Orchard Street. It was part of Make Music NYC on the summer solstice. The leather shop owner had a permit for the outdoor music concert as he has for the past six years. But this year, according to […]

  • Say what? MTA to feature live announcements instead of recordings

    UNION SQUARE, Manhattan — Imagine if your life depended on understanding this subway announcement. Say what? “There’s so much feedback and it sounds muffled and garbled, line someone is gargling,” subway rider Axel Martinez told PIX11. “It happens at least once a day, that I can’t understand the announcement. But now, the MTA has decided to ditch those clear, pre-recorded messages in favor of live, garbled announcements of delays from the train’s operator of conductor. “It’s never clear, it’s very, […]

  • Apartment residents forced to use fire escape while stairs being renovated

    UPPER WEST SIDE — Tenants of an Upper West Side five-story walk-up were briefly forced to use the fire escape to access their apartments after their landlord told them about plans to renovate the building’s only staircase. The Department of Buildings has since issued a stop work order on the West 83rd Street building after the tenants, some of whom are elderly, had an emergency meeting with Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal. Sixty-five-year old Joy has lived in a one-bedroom apartment on the building’s fourth […]

  • Stonewall Inn gets $1 million grant from Google to preserve LGBT history

    GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — The Stonewall Inn has been a national historic monument for nearly a year and soon it will also start preserve the history of the LGBT rights movement after with a massive grant from Google. The $1 million grant will serve to chronicle the history of the Stonewall riots that took place in 1969, nearly half a century ago, officials announced Sunday at the LGBT Community Center in partnership with the National Park Foundation.. The Stonewall National Monument Experience […]

  • Man slashed in the back at Union Square station

    UNION SQUARE, Manhattan –– Subway riders were listening to the Drumadics, a beat and brass band underground playing in Union Square subway station, most riders unaware that police are searching for the latest subway slasher. Police released a picture of the man who they say approached his victim from behind at 11:40 Saturday in the Union Square subway station and used an unknown object to slash the victim on his back. Police say the victim then chased the slasher who […]

  • Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade dazzles spectators

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn –– It is arguably one of the most outrageous and bizarre of New York City’s parades. A mesmerizing 35-year-old tradition, the Mermaid Parade celebrates all shapes and sizes of seafaring creatures and the spirited, artistic and quirky nature of Coney Island itself. “I love it, it’s exhilarating,” one almost topless mermaid said. “Mermaids are topless.” There were the bare-breasted and bare-chested, the near topless and the almost bottomless. These creatures from the ocean were definitively not fish out […]

  • 1 dead, 6 sickened in Legionnaires’ cluster on Upper East Side

    LENOX HILL, Manhattan — One person is dead and six other are sickened in a Legionnaires’ cluster on the Upper East Side. The Health Department is investigating the outbreak in a section of Lenox Hill in Manhattan. “Four are in the hospital and are recovering, two have been treated and released,” Dr. Mary Bassett, NYC Health Commissioner said at an afternoon press briefing. “And one woman in her 90s who had significant underlying health conditions succumbed to the disease.” The […]

  • Hot yoga and cool liquor-infused ice cream help New Yorkers handle heat wave

    KIPS BAY, Manhattan — When it’s 92 degrees outside, rooftop yoga can really help cool you down, or so they say. “In yoga, you link your breath to the movement,” yoga teacher Alexandra Schueler told PIX11. “In yoga, you inhale, it helps calm you down with all the heat.” For a $20 donation at Rooftop Yoga For a Cause, these yogis are also helping support ovarian cancer research and getting a pure paleo/ pure vegan HU chocolate bar too. “I’ve had […]