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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 leads the Monica Makes It Happen franchise.

The Monica Makes It Happen series exposed major problems inside the New York City Housing Authority. Her reports have been recognized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and are credited for restoring heat to 55 buildings across the city and getting dozens of homes repairs.

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 making it happen this week

    Some families who live in the Breukelen Houses in Canarsie say the rats take over at night. “They are everywhere people are afraid to come out at night,” one mom who did not want to be identified told PIX11. There are 30 buildings in the development and the tenant association president says the rodent problem has become a health hazard. “There are not enough workers to clean up and fix things,” Calvin Drumgo, the tenant association president, said. “Staff have already […]

  • Judge orders NYCHA to do emergency lead inspections, housing agency waives right to hearing

    Moms living in new York City Housing Authority homes, furious after discovering lead in their children’s blood, won a legal victory after a judge ordered to city to redo lead inspections. There are hundreds of children in public housing living with toxic lead in their apartments, Jim Walden, the lawyer representing the Citywide Council of Presidents, which represents tenants, said. Officials with the city told some their homes were lead free, but then state inspection teams found lead in the apartments. […]

  • High levels of lead found in 4-year-old Brooklyn boy, mom urges parents to test their kids

    BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn mom whose 4-year-old son tested for high levels of lead in his blood is urging other parents to get their children tested. Sherron Paige and her son live in the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn. Kyan Dickerson, during a routine doctor’s visit back in July, tested for high levels of lead in his blood. “My son is affected by lead. I never thought it would happen to me,” Paige said. Paige says her son had a blood lead […]

  • Judge orders NYCHA to perform emergency lead inspections

    NEW YORK — Public housing tenants had their day in court Tuesday. State Supreme Court Judge Carol Edmead told lawyers for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to take action when it comes to lead inspections. “Do it now,” Edmead told city attorneys. Jim Walden, the lawyer representing the Citywide Council of Presidents and at-risk communities, a housing advocacy group, said there are hundreds of children inside public housing who are living with toxic lead in their apartments. The […]

  • Rats take over at Brooklyn development, families say it’s a health hazard

    CANARSIE, Brooklyn — Some families who live in the Breukelen Houses in Canarsie say the rats take over at night. “They are everywhere,” said one mom who did not want to be identified. “People are afraid to come out at night.” There are 30 buildings in the development and the tenant association president says the rodent problem has become a health hazard. “There are not enough workers to clean up and fix things,” Calvin Drumgo, the tenant association president, said. A spokesperson […]

  • How Monica’s making it happen this week

    Maribel Dalmasi lives in the Baruch Houses and says her building is filled with problems. “Everyday I smell sewage in the lobby, my stairwell has a massive hole, and my kitchen is flooded,” she said. Dalmasi said when she heard the commissioner of the New York City housing authority, Shola Olatoye, was stepping down, she was relieved. “I don’t want to tell you how I really feel. I want the Mayor to visit me.” “Plumbers are onsite now making the […]

  • NYCHA tenant says her building is full of holes and her kitchen is flooding

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — A New York City Housing Authority resident has some major problems in her kitchen. Baruch Houses tenant Maribel Dalmasi says her building is filled with problems. There’s a massive hole in the stairwell. Pipes are exposed and tenants can see mold and roaches. “Everyday I smell sewage in the lobby,” she said. “My stairwell has a massive hole, and my kitchen is flooded.” Kitchen cabinets fell off the walls. She’s tried to get repairs for weeks. […]

  • Head of NYCHA steps down, says agency has ‘failed’ in some ways

    NEW YORK — New York City’s embattled public housing chief says she is leaving an agency that faces “real struggles.” Shola Olatoye, who departs at the end of April, said Tuesday that she’s taken pride in serving one in 14 New Yorkers. She calls her announcement a “bittersweet moment.” Olatoye acknowledged residents’ concerns about possible lead paint hazards and winter healing failures. “Yes, we have identified some unacceptable shortcomings in our operations,” Olatoye said. “For residents to be uncertain about […]

  • Housing advocacy group backs governor candidate Cynthia Nixon, Gov. Cuomo defends his record of creating affordable housing

    NEW YORK — New York Communities For Change, a housing advocacy group, says they are backing candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon. “Affordable housing affects everyone not just here in New York City but all across the state,” Nixon said. A rally, endorsing the candidate for governor, was in Crown Heights Monday. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office says, “The governor has spent his entire career in public service fighting homelessness and building affordable housing – Secretary of HUD under President Clinton.” A […]

  • How Monica’s making it happen this week

    Takisha Willis lives inside the Marlboro Houses in Gravesend with her five children and fears there’s a danger in her home, mold. “Please PIX11 make this happen. I put in tickets and they close and cancel them, over and over again,” said Willis. The New York City Housing Authority spokesperson says, “We visited the resident’s apartment earlier today and staff will begin making repairs immediately. We can and must do better to provide residents with the safe, clean and connected […]