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Monica Morales has been at PIX11 since 2009. She’s been a reporter for PIX11’s morning and evening newscasts, and now runs the “Monica Makes It Happen” franchise.

In 2016, she won a Best Live Reporter Emmy for her coverage on the PIX11 Morning News and was part of the team that won for Best Breaking News, being the first reporter on scene of a massive fire in New Brunswick. She exclusively interviewed the Fire Chief live, plus residents who feared they may lose their homes.

She earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for her investigative reporting and a national breaking news Emmy.

She has been nominated multiple times for her specialty reporting, enterprise reporting, and continuing coverage.

She interviewed former Police Chief Bernard Kerik exclusively before he went to jail, and pressured Mayor Bill de Blasio for answers, from Snowgate to crime stats.

Before joining PIX11, she was a general assignment reporter at WNBC in New York, WFXT in Boston, and WTVJ in Miami.

She was one of the few reporters live during the raids on Elian Gonzalez’s home and reported from Ground Zero during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Morales is very active in the community. She has hosted the Hispanic Day Parade, and has won the Triscort Award for her Catholic faith and reporting, and has received multiple awards and recognition from the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens to Casita Maria.

She now has her own segment on PIX11 News called “Monica Is Making It Happen.”

No story is too small, no problem is too large.

Some of her stories include helping a 10-year-old Hurricane Katrina survivor get a new home, helping a girls’ track team in Newark get new shoes to compete, and exposing deplorable living conditions inside a veteran’s home and helping fix the problem.

Morales is half Bolivian and Norwegian. She is married with two children and currently lives in New York City.

If you have a story, email monica@pix11.com.


Recent Articles
  • How Monica’s bringing the heat this week

    NEW YORK — Evangeline Williams, Emily Molina, Addrene McBean, and Carol Williams are Bronx moms on a mission. They are fighting the City to get heat. “NYCHA sucks. They say call back, I could be dead by then,” said Addrene McBean. “We need repairs. Many of us have mold, our ceilings are falling apart, and there’s no heat or hot water,” said Emily Molina. A New York City Housing Authority spokesperson says, “staff visited each apartment and confirmed there are […]

  • ‘I’m going to turn into a popsicle:’ Bronx tenants say heating is inconsistent despite repeated complaints

    CASTLE HILL, the Bronx — Roxanne Reed lives in the Castle Hill Houses and says it’s been a long winter with inconsistent heat. “I’m freezing in my house – no heat on here. I’m going to turn into a popsicle. Can someone send some heat to my house? I’m a senior citizen,” Reed said. Reed says she and her neighbors are suffering on cold days. A New York City Housing Authority spokesperson says, “Staff attempted to visit all apartments today. […]

  • Bronx moms on a mission to get repairs, heat at Sedgwick Houses

    THE BRONX — Evangeline Williams, Emily Molina, Addrene McBean, and Carol Williams are Bronx moms on a mission. They are fighting the City to get heat. “NYCHA sucks. They say call back, I could be dead by then,” said Addrene McBean. “We need repairs. Many of us have mold, our ceilings are falling apart, and there’s no heat or hot water,” said Emily Molina. A New York City Housing Authority spokesperson says, “Staff visited each apartment and confirmed there are […]

  • Rapper Ja Rule protests conditions in NYCHA buildings

    Rapper Ja Rule joined local elected officials and public housing residents from across NYC at a rally Tuesday to call for investment and immediate renovations to NYCHA’s failing heating systems. Persistent heat and hot water outages at NYCHA developments throughout the city have impacted 323,000 public housing residents. About 80 percent of NYCHA tenants have filed heat our hot water complaints throughout the winter season. “I know what it’s like not to have heat or hot water. That’s why I’m here,” Ja […]

  • How Monica is bringing the heat this week

    Millie Beniquez is nine months pregnant, expecting a baby boy. Beniquez says for three months, she hasn’t had heat, hot water, or gas. “The landlord isn’t taking my calls,” Beniquez said. “I call 311 and it’s a run around.” A spokesperson for Human Resources Administration says, “The safety of our clients is a priority for HRA. We are taking immediate action on this case and are contacting the client and the landlord to address this situation.” Housing Preservation and Development, […]

  • Where’s the money? NYCHA brings new generator to development to mark grant, but some families not impressed

    The New York City Housing Authority’s Office of Recovery and Resilience announced the 2017 End of Year Report on the $3 billion FEMA grant to build back public housing destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The devastation hit 33 developments, affecting 10 percent of NYCHA’s property and 60,000 residents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted NYCHA’s Office of Recovery and Resilience $3 billion in December 2015 to not only restore the affected buildings to their original state, but to […]

  • Monica makes it happen while ‘on hold’ with management — and Bronx woman gets her heat

    THE BRONX — Felicita Ramirez from the Bronx don’t have consistent heat — like so many families in New York this winter. “I live right next to the boiler room and I still can’t feel the heat,” Ramirez said. “It’s a slap in the face.” PIX11 News called management, and while on hold, a manager sent two workers right away, promising a motor was replaced. Ramirez has a NYCHA Section 8 voucher. A spokesperson for the New York City Housing […]

  • Legal Aid Society threatens to sue NYCHA for $15 million over heat problems

    NEW YORK – It’s been a brutal winter for families in our city with no heat – and now, thousands of residents are no longer taking it. They are taking NYCHA to court and suing for $15 million in back rent. Some 320,000 New York City Housing Authority residents were left in the cold with no heat or hot water this winter. PIX11 News helped turn on the heat to 55 buildings so far. Legal Aid Society lawyers said it’s […]

  • How Monica’s bringing the heat this week

    Deborah Rodriguez says dozens of families are cold inside her building on 162 Street in the Bronx. “They don’t really tell us why there’s no heat. It’s been months with no explanation,” Rodriguez said. She says her grandson, 4-year-old Eliseo Rodriguez, is cold at night. PIX11 News spoke to Rodriguez’s super and he promised to finish the work. A spokesperson for the Housing Preservation and Development tells PIX11 news, they are checking in the problem. Councilmember Ritchie Torres from the […]

  • Bronx grandma fights for heat for cold grandson

    THE BRONX — Deborah Rodriguez says dozens of families are cold inside her building on 162 Street in the Bronx. “They don’t really tell us why there’s no heat. It’s been months with no explanation,” said Rodriguez. She says her grandson, 4-year-old Eliseo Rodriguez, is cold at night. PIX11 News spoke to Rodriguez’s super and he promised to finish the work. A spokesperson for the Housing Preservation and Development tells PIX11 news, they are checking in the problem. Councilmember Ritchie […]