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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.

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


Recent Articles
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    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Alicia Rodriguez lives inside the Douglass Houses on the Upper West Side and says for years she has been fighting the city for repairs to her ceilings and floors. “I feel so alone. I have been fighting them for the longest. It’s been going on five years. I’ve been living in hell,” said Rodriguez. There’s a massive leak just feet from Rodriguez’s couch, and she uses plastic and duct tape to keep the water off […]

  • Bronx grandma fights to have hallways, lobby cleaned up

    THE BRONX — Kimberly Abrams lives in the Sotomayor Houses in the Bronx, and says trash is taking over her neighborhood. “You can’t even get in and out of the building and I’m disabled,” said Abrams. Abrams says on any given day, her hallways, lobby, and the area in front of her front door are covered in trash. “It’s disgusting. There needs to be more workers cleaning up. And trash bins for people to dump trash in an organized way,” […]

  • Brooklyn grandmother eligible for medical transfer struggles with stairs while waiting months for new home

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Marlene Condell, who lives inside the Howard Park Houses in Crown Heights, has been approved for a medical transfer — but yet she’s still waiting for a new home. While she waits, Condell, who has severe diabetes, lives in a fourth floor walk-up, and struggles up and down the stairs. “The worst is not being able to see my granddaughter. I miss her so much. They are making it so difficult for me,” said Condell. Condell […]

  • New Bronx mom wants new home without roaches, rats

    BRONX — Apollonia Rankin just gave birth Saturday to her third child, Mason Alexander Steele. But what’s supposed to be a happy time has become a stressful time. Rankin and her husband say their home isn’t safe. It’s filled with rodents and things that need to be repaired. The parents don’t want to bring their 3 pounds, 11 ounces son into the home. “I want someone to give us a chance.  A landlord to get us into a home we can raise our […]

  • How Monica is making it happen this week

    NEW YORK — Melissa Young, like most parents, tries to shield her 8-year-old daughter, from the dangers of the world. But she says she wondered what if the danger is in her home? Young said the leaks in her ceiling started last year. She alleges she has tried to get repairs, even went to court, and the leaks are only getting worse. “I bought a two tents. Just to avoid being homeless,” Young said. PIX11 reached out to the New York […]

  • 12-year-old Brooklyn boy fights for repairs to his grandmother`s apartment

    BRIGHTON BEACH, Brooklyn — A 12-year-old Brooklyn boy says visiting his grandmother and seeing the condition of her apartment breaks his heart. There are problems from the floor all the way up to the ceiling, Nolan Vayzman said. His grandmother lives on Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach. “I try to help her and nobody is listening,” said Vayzman. He wrote a letter to PIX11 asking for help. Vayzman said his grandmother has been living in the same apartment for 15 years. There are […]

  • How to help NYC kids start school year with new backpacks, supplies

    NEW YORK — Nothing helps pump up a child’s enthusiasm and spirit for a new school year better than a new backpack. This year, PIX11 is partnering with the YMCA and Kmart to give hundreds of children new backpacks and school supplies. It’s the second time the YMCA asked PIX11 News to help in their hugely successful Build a Backpack drive. “A new backpack makes them feel like they are ready to learn. Four-hundred kids this year here at P.S. […]

  • Ceiling leak is so bad, a Brooklyn mom and her daughter sleep in tent

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Melissa Young says that like most parents, she tries to shield her 8-year-old daughter from the dangers of the world. But she’s wondered: what if the danger is inside her home? “I cry some nights. I try not to break down in front of my daughter. I want her to know I’m strong,” Young said. Young said the leaks in her ceiling started last year. She alleges that she has tried to get repairs, even went to […]

  • Entire Bronx block needs a clean up; trash attracting rodents, mosquitos

    WOODLAWN, the Bronx — John Murphy wants his neighbor to clean up his property on 236th Street in Woodlawn. He says enough is enough. “Come on.  Here it’s see something, something, say something, and the city does nothing,” said Murphy. Murphy says the owner has three properties, all in a row, and all three are unkept. Jeannie Bell has lived across the street for fifty years. “It’s deplorable something has to be done,” said Bell We reached  out to the Health department […]

  • Follow-up Friday: Here’s how Monica Morales is making it happen

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