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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
  • Holocaust survivor, 91, meets nephew of doctor who saved his life 4 times at Auschwitz

    CEDARHURST, Long Island — At age 91, Holocaust survivor Bernie Igielski couldn’t believe the moment was almost here. “How grateful can a person be. He saved my life four times,” Igielski told PIX11 through his sobs. For almost seven decades Bernie wanted to thank the Jewish Doctor, Dr. Berthold Epstein., who saved his life four times at Auschwitz, but Epstein recently discovered that Dr. Epstein had died in Prague in 1962. At the Gural Jewish Community Center, Dr. Epstein’s nephew, Joseph […]

  • Child playing with lighter sparked Staten Island blaze that hurt 20 firefighters

    NEW SPRINGVILLE, Staten Island — A child playing with a lighter sparked a weekend fire that injured 20 firefighters and damaged five homes in Staten Island, FDNY fire marshals said Monday. Fire officials said the blaze has been deemed accidental and warned parents and guardians to talk to children about the dangers of playing with fire. The fire broke out about 7 p.m. Saturday in a two-family home along Steinway Avenue between Travis and Nome avenues. It sent up thick […]

  • Woman fatally stabbed at racetrack 1 week after Belmont Stakes

    ELMONT, NY — A 51-year-old woman was fatally stabbed at Belmont Park on Sunday. Police responded to a call at the racetrack around 6:30 a.m. The victim, an employee, was found in a racetrack barn. She’d suffered multiple stab wounds. Security officers at the track became alarmed when they saw a loose horse, police said. They investigated the area and found the victim. They also found a man running nearby and held him until police arrived, Newsday reported. Police said the […]

  • 20 firefighters injured battling massive fire in Staten Island

    NEW SPRINGVILLE, Staten Island — At least 20 firefighters were injured battling a massive fire that ripped through several homes in Staten Island Saturday. The blaze started around 7 p.m. and spread through at least four homes on Steinway Avenue. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the area as for miles. More than 250 firefighters battled blaze for hours trying to contain the flames after the fire spread to a second two-family home. While no residents were injured, more than […]

  • MTA to remove ‘Museum of Sex’ ads from buses amid controversy

    Since 2002, the Museum of Sex has stood on a busy corner in Midtown, Manhattan without much controversy. Until now. Large ads on practically every city bus is changing all that. Some MTA bus drivers said they agree with the MTA’s decision to remove controversial Museum of Sex ads from the front of city buses. Female bus drivers had been complaining to MTA higher ups that the signs threatened their safety after some passengers allegedly made rude and harassing comments. […]

  • New York Philharmonic performs music composed by 2 young Brooklyn girls at Prospect Park

    PROSPECT PARK — Can you imagine being just 11 years old and hearing the music you composed being played by the New York Philharmonic for a crowd of tens of thousands in Prospect Park? That’s what’s happening for two little girls from Brooklyn. Jordan Millar and Camryn Cowan are both just 11 years old and both started studying music composition through the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program. The theme of their compositions is the Harlem Renaissance and their […]

  • Gov. Cuomo offers free legal aid to pizza deliveryman facing deportation

    NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is offering free legal aid to the deliveryman who was detained while delivering pizza at a Brooklyn army base this week. Cuomo said he spoke with Pablo Villavicencio’s wife, Sandra Chica, and has assured her Villavicencio will have legal counsel. “I just spoke with Sandra Chica & expressed my deep frustration with the federal government’s assault on NY’s immigrant families. Sandra spoke to me as a mother—worried for her husband and her […]

  • 4 Newark police officers suspended after bar brawl

    NEWARK, N.J. — Four Newark police officers have been suspended, including one officer who was arrested, after they were allegedly involved in a brawl at a private party,  Newark police said Monday. The incident happened at a New Jersey bar Friday night when an off-duty Newark police detective got into an altercation with the bar’s owner, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News. The bar owner was allegedly pistol-whipped by an off-duty officer and the detective allegedly fired a weapon, sources […]

  • Dog stolen from Brooklyn home found in the Bronx under bizarre circumstances

    PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — Chris Mayne, his wife and 2 1/2 year-old Clara can’t believe their beloved Zoey is back on the block, home in Park Slope, and it’s all thanks to the kindness of strangers in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. “She’s a savior, she’s a hero,” Mayne told PIX11. “They are just the nicest, most compassionate, warm and caring people,” Mayne said about the family that rescued Zoey in the Bronx. Someone had broken into the […]

  • Jazz musicians from HBCU bands recreate music of Harlem Hellfighters

    They were perhaps the best military band ever and they were also a band of brothers: the 369th Regiment Harlem Hellfighters of World War One. Now their music is being recreated 100 years later by young jazz musicians from traditionally black colleges across the country on the Intrepid this Memorial Day. It was a lesson in history as well as music for everyone. “The Harlem Hellfighters, a New York-based Regiment l, went to Europe and fought for the French because white […]