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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
  • New Yorkers celebrate Earth Day at 1 Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park

    BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK, Brooklyn — A rainy day at Brooklyn Bridge park didn’t stop these yoga warriors from enjoying earth day on the rooftop of 1 Hotel. While closer to earth there was a local marketplace at this new Brooklyn Bridge park hotel with more than 20 ecologically friendly Brooklyn based vendors selling products, sips and snacks. “1 hotel was born to be sustainable so this is our day,” Barry Sternlicht, the founder of Starwood Capital told PIX11, explaining why […]

  • ‘Tell my mom I’m sorry’: Accused killer of jogger Karina Vetrano speaks out in court

    NEW YORK — It was an emotional moment inside the courthouse with details never before revealed about the death of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano, including a statement from the accused killer allegedly apologizing to his own mother. The father of accused killer Chanel Lewis walked into the courthouse with State Assemblyman Charles Barron. Lewis’s mother arrived separately and once inside the courthouse was shielded from the news cameras by friends, family members and supporters. The family of the slain […]

  • Over 100 homeless after fire rips through Passaic apartment building

    PASSAIC, N.J. – More than 100 Passaic residents are without a home the day before Easter after a fire ripped through an apartment building Saturday afternoon. The thick black smoke and flames could be seen shooting from the top floor of the four-story apartment building at 112 Gregory Ave. around 1 p.m. Within an hour, the fire had grown to six-alarms with more than 150 firefighters, six ladders and 10 engines on the scene. Firefighters also had to leave the […]

  • Slain Mount Vernon girls basketball star honored by WNBA as man indicted in her shooting

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — She was a 6-foot-tall eighth grader who had such dreams, big hoop dreams. Shamoya McKenzie, the star basketball player killed by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve, had been looking forward to going to UConn and eventually playing for the WNBA. The New York Liberty women’s basketball team honored her memory Friday by making the late teen their 37th draft pick. Coach Isaiah Thomas spoke to McKenzie’s mother privately after the posthumous honor. Twelve hours later, […]

  • ‘Airplane’ actress in ‘United Airlines Training Video’ slap meme calls it an honor

    UPPER WEST SIDE — It’s arguably the funniest and most famous scene from the outrageously funny 1980 film “Airplane.” And the actress at the center of the iconic slap scene says she never could have imagined that it would find new life in a meme, where it is overlaid with the text, United Airlines Training Video. “It’s an honor to be the meme for it,” Lee Bryant told PIX11. “After all the years, it’s still funny and obviously still relevant.” […]

  • NY appeals court judge, the first black woman on top court, found dead on Hudson River shore

    NEW YORK — A trailblazer and a pioneer, Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s incredible life has ended tragically. The appeals court judge, who was the first black woman appointed to New York’s highest court, was found dead this week on the shore of the Hudson River. Police said the body Abdus-Salaam, 65, was discovered just before 2 p.m. Wednesday along the river’s shore near Harlem, one day after she was reported missing. It was the husband of this trailblazing justice who had the […]

  • Postal worker’s leg completely severed after being struck by car on Long Island, witnesses say

    NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. — A postal worker was struck by a car on Long Island Tuesday afternoon — his leg completely severed, witnesses say. It happened around 2 p.m. in North Babylon. Officials say a man was driving a Lincoln Continental westbound on Prairie Drive in North Babylon when his vehicle veered off the road, struck the postal worker, who was standing outside his vehicle holding his bag. The car  then struck the postal truck, a fire hydrant and a telephone […]

  • Hundreds gather in Union Square to protest U.S. airstrike on Syria

    UNION SQUARE, Manhattan — Protesters at what was called the NYC Emergency Antiwar Protest say they want everyone out of Syria including Russia and the US, Jihad and Assad. Dozens chanted: “Russia out, US out, jihad out, Assad out!” More than 300 attended a Union Square rally that was first announced on Facebook. Protesters said they are against this latest U.S. attack on a poor country that has been attacked so many times before. “The point of this demonstration is to […]

  • ‘Where is the justice for my son?’: Ramarley Graham’s family speaks out after cop who shot him resigns

    LOWER MANHATTAN — The family of Ramarley Graham said Monday that justice has not been done, demanding to meet with the mayor and the police chief a day after the resignation of the cop who gunned down the unarmed young man in 2012. “Where is the justice for my son,” asked Constance Malcolm, Graham’s mother, at a news conference outside One Police Plaza, the NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan. Graham’s family members are upset that Police Officer Richard Haste was […]

  • 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 […]