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Monica Morales has been at PIX11 since 2009. She’s been a reporter for PIX11 News at 5, 6, and 11 p.m. and a reporter for the PIX11 Morning News.

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.

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Recent Articles
  • Brooklyn grandmother, 71, battles city over housing repairs, rat infestation

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Shakeyia Tatum worries every day about her grandma and says her apartment is filled with hazards. Mae Tatum, 71, lives in the Louis Armstrong Houses in Bed-Stuy and has complained to the Housing Authority for months. She says nothing has been fixed. “It’s not like NYCHA hasn’t been informed. I put in numerous complaints on top of complaints. They don’t do anything I mean hello. I called PIX11,” Shakeyia Tatum. The grandmother said her home is also being […]

  • Follow-up Friday: Sewage leak fixed in Flushing building, UES basketball court repaired

    NEW YORK — Janice Rodriguez says the smell inside the Pomonok Houses is unbearable. “It’s smells like raw sewage in our lobby, in our elevator, in our hallways, and even inside our homes,” complained Rodriguez. Rodriguez worries for her grandchildren. “It smells in the elevator. And it smells like garbage,” said 5-year-old Max Rodriguez. Rodriguez says she has complained to management for months. PIX11 news reached out to the New York City Housing Authority. A spokesperson says, “This situation is […]

  • Upper East Side basketball court in need of repairs

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Hundreds of kids, from the Bronx to Harlem, play inside Stanley Isaacs Park on 96th Street, along with attending camps and tournaments. We W.I.L.L. Thru Sports is a non-profit organization that helps at risk kids attend summer camps and tournaments. Organizers say there are so many cracks on the courts and it’s unsafe. “Its unsafe. I’ve almost tripped several times,” said one young teen who did not want to identified. “I was on my knees, […]

  • NJ program helps hundreds of teenagers get dresses, tuxes for prom

    ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Janasia and Esonni Hall are both 16-year-old girls, who are going to prom in just a few months. But their parents are not excited about the expense. “I know dresses are really really really expensive,” said Esonni Hall. Sherrice Lyles is a mother of four, now on a mission to help these young ladies get their dream dresses and hundreds of others. “I always thought I could do something different. I thought why not start the […]

  • Sewer stench terrorizes Flushing NYCHA building

    FLUSHING, Queens — Janice Rodriguez says the smell inside the Pomonock Houses where she lives with her children is unbearable. “It’s smells like raw sewage in our lobby, in our elevator, in our hallways, and even inside our homes,” said Rodriguez. Rodriguez says she worries for the dozens of families who live inside the city complex, including her grandchildren,. “It smells in the elevator,” said Max Rodriguez, 5. “And it smells like garbage.” The grandmother says has complained to management […]

  • Bronx man living with HIV needs repairs and respect — and Monica Makes It Happen

    Paul de Graffe’s bathroom ceiling collapsed two weeks ago. De Graffe complained to his landlord and then the wait began — he says no one was listening. “I’m lucky I was in another room when it came down,” De Graffe said. De Graffe says he is battling for his life, and now the quality of it. De Graffe was diagnosed with HIV years ago and became homeless. Instead of giving up on life, he says he kept on fighting and […]

  • Follow-up Friday: Bushwick building gets gas turned on; mom with multiple sclerosis gets a transfer

    NEW YORK — PIX11 News helped a Bushwick building get its gas turned on just in time for a family dinner and a mother with multiple sclerosis get a transfer in this week’s follow-up Friday. Devi Senauth is a mother of three and said her Irving Avenue apartment building in Bushwick has been without gas for close to a year. “It’s ridiculous really. We have children and seniors and they are suffering. No heat, no hot water, and no explanation,” Senauth said. […]

  • Brooklyn mom requests NYCHA transfer to protect kids from mold, dust

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn mother says her apartment is unsafe for her two children. “I have dust and mold and I want out,” Cristal Severin said. The 27-year-old says the hallway of her apartment building in Bedford-Stuyvesant is like a construction zone. “I have two kids, imagine coming out of your apartment and having to cover your face? There is so much dust around here,” said Severin. She worries about her 4- and 1-year-old every day. PIX11 News reached […]

  • Upper West Side woman with cerebral palsy says she was left stranded by Access-A-Ride

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Soraya Vasquez from the Upper West Side, confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy, says she relies on Access-A-Ride to get around. But she’s not a fan. “It’s is so bad at times because they keep you waiting, waiting, and waiting,” Vasquez said. Last week, she was desperate to get to her doctor for surgery. She says she booked an Access-A-Ride for a meeting with her surgeon. The Access-A-Ride never showed up. “They never came to […]

  • New Jersey mother and mentally challenged son face eviction during impending blizzard

    EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Juanita Scott says she can’t sleep because her landlord says she will be evicted Tuesday. She takes care of her adult son, Maurice, who is mentally challenged, and was told they have 24 hours to vacate her East Orange apartment. “I’m nervous I’m scared I’ve never been in this situation like this before. I’m worried about my son who is 27, but functions like a child,” said Scott. Scott lost her job and can not pay her rent. […]