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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
  • Webster Hall marquee dislodged, threatens to fall

    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Authorities were on scene after the Webster Hall marquee suffered minor damages Sunday. The building’s marquee became partially dislodged from the bricks and began to lean, prompting street closures on East 11th Street between Third and Fourth Avenue, according to the Department of Buildings No parts of the marquee collapsed onto the sidewalk, the Department of Buildings said. There were no reported injuries. Temporary shoring was the marquee was placed to prevent further leaning and the […]

  • First ever jug band rendezvous held in Brooklyn

    RED HOOK, Brooklyn — The first ever Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous is being held at the Jalopy Theatre on Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn this weekend. But how exactly do you play a jug? “It’s much like playing a horn, how you move your lips to get higher and lower notes,” JalopyTheatre owner Geoff Wood said. Jug bands typically feature instruments like banjos and ukuleles. The empty bottles of booze, jugs and other homemade instruments like the washboard take people […]

  • Two women slashed in the face in Manhattan; man in custody: police

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Two slashings happened in the Lower East side on Friday, police said. Police said the first slashing occurred at the corner of  Suffolk and Rivington Streets at 1:52 p.m. A woman was slashed in the face and cheek and taken to a nearby hospital, police told PIX11. Just eight minutes later, police said another woman was slashed in the face a few blocks away at the corner of Ridge and Delancey Streets. A man, 30, has been taken […]

  • Special Black Panther screenings held for kids across the country

    NEW ROCHELLE, NY — To many, the movie Black Panther is a turning point in the cultural history African Americans. It’s spurred special screenings across the country. More than 200 African American children from the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle were treated to a screening of black panther, thanks to Imax/Regal Entertainment as part of the #BlackPanthenChallenge campaign. It was started by local activist Frederick Joseph. He wanted to make sure black girls and boys  would be able to […]

  • Comedy duo hope to make dreams come true in NYC

    MIDTOWN — “We’re in our twenties, and we have nothing to lose, so why not try?” The motto of Too Blondes! Savannah Brown and Chase O’Donnell are two blondes from Southern California who have come to New York City with a dream. “My dream is to have a web series or pilot with Too Blondes,” Savannah Brown told PIX11. “My dream is to be on a show like Saturday Night Live,” Chase O’Donnell added. Clearly, Too Blondes are well on their way. […]

  • Go Red for Women kicks off fashion week with focus on women’s hearth health

    MANHATTAN — The Go Red For Women Collection by Macy’s marked the start of fashion week, but will this fashion week be different in the wake of the #me too movement? “There are models who are going out and sharing their stories,” Tatyana Ali, the actress, told PIX11. “And it’s changing the power, the dynamic can shift.” There were TV actresses, models and celebrities all mixed together in this Go Red For Women night. And while this fashion show was […]

  • This Long Island teacher ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents

    EAST HAMPTON, NY — A Long Island teacher is back home after she ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. That’s more than 183 miles. Cara Nelson, a middle school teacher in East Hampton, feels better than she expected to after the grueling runs. “My body broke down every day,” Nelson said. “I kept thinking ‘I’m never going to make it.’ You have to play a mind game every step of every race.” The temperatures ranged from -40 to […]

  • Manhattan grandma foils IRS scam

    MURRAY HILL, Manhattan — It’s almost tax time and that means it’s almost IRS scammers time, as well — so beware! A scammer pretending to be an IRS agent picked the wrong grandmother to mess with. “I wanted to lead him on,” Diane Liotta told PIX11. “I wanted to see  how far this idiot was going to go.” The 71-year-old Murray Hill resident said she received a random phone call from a Bridgeport, Wash., phone number and immediately sensed something was wrong. “It was […]

  • Immigration activist Ravi Ragbir gets Bishop’s Cross after being released from ICE custody

    Ravi Ragbir, an undocumented immigrant and immigration rights activist, has had a busy week. He was in ICE custody and then headed to the State of the Union after his release. Now he’s been awarded a Bishop’s Cross. Ragbir received the rare honor from church leaders because of his work on behalf of immigrants. He spoke at a service at Saint Anne’s on Sunday. Ragbir was released from federal custody last week after a judge ruled that keeping him behind bars […]

  • Brooklyn teen dreams of being a trombonist in the New York Philharmonic

    BROOKLYN — Seventeen-year-old Justin Laurenceau of Midwood, Brooklyn has a dream. “My dream is to become principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic,” Laurenceau told PIX11 in a series called City of Dreams. “I feel music has uplifted me and inspired me to reach into new goals,” Laurenceau told PIX11. “And it has also enlightened me and opened my eyes to different aspects of life,” he added. Laurenceau began playing the trombone when he was just eight years old, part […]