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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
  • From fixing a Bronx man’s wheelchair to helping a disabled Harlem woman move — Monica is making it happen

    Salvadora Pena from the Bronx says her son, George Aponte, is a prisoner in his home. For four months, Aponte’s mobilized wheel chair has been broken. Aponte says everyday is a struggle. Aponte was diagnosed with MS, 17 years ago. A father of two daughters, Aponte says he’s learned to stay strong but these days it’s hard. “I’m a prisoner. I thought my chair was going to be fixed. It wasn’t fixed for months. I feel so bad,” said Aponte. Aponte […]

  • Families say their Brooklyn building is being invaded by flies

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — Christopher Little says living in his Bushwick building on Madison Street is like living in a horror movie — invasion of the flies. “If I cook, they are everywhere. If I take a shower, they are everywhere. Right now they are all on my walls,” said Little. Little lives with his wife on the fourth floor. Desiree Fleming says flies are coming through their vents. “When I get up, I have to kill 50 flies,” said Fleming. We […]

  • Bronx amputee feels like a prisoner in third-floor walkup

    THE BRONX — Evelyn Valentin lives in a third floor walkup on Pugsley Avenue in the Bronx. Valentin lives with disabilities, in a wheelchair and she says she feels like a prisoner in her home. “I’ve fallen twice already. My doctor gave me a letter telling them to move me. You can call Section 8, you call and they never pick up,” complained Valentin. Valentin says sometimes she doesn’t leave her house, afraid to fall down the stairs. PIX11 News […]

  • Brooklyn mother of newborn desperately needs out of sewage-plagued apartment

    BROOKLYN — Shanicque Sapp says her 3-month-old son Shawn is her world. What’s supposed to be a happy time, is a nightmare of taking care of her baby and cleaning up raw sewage inside her apartment on St.John’s Place. “This is unbearable. I’m a single parent. My son deserves more,” said Sapp. This past Mother’s Day, she got a disturbing surprise, a river of sewage in her home at the Sterling St.John’s Houses. “NYCHA needs to come in my apartment, […]

  • 3 big problems plague Harlem River Houses

    MANHATTAN — Brittany Hunter lives inside the Harlem River Houses and says there are so many problems in her building — and they start at the front door. “It’s not safe. Anybody could get it,” Hunter said. She said her front door lock has been broken for months, and the stairwells are disgusting, covered in urine and feces, and need to be cleaned up. “Sometimes they poop in the stairwell. There’s a lot of urine. It’s disgusting. I want it cleaned,” […]

  • Bronx couple facing eviction find new home; Brooklyn mom receives college scholarship

    NEW YORK — Francisco Echevarria and Deyanira Erazo were days away from eviction. Their lease was up in their Parkchester apartment and their landlord wants to sell. “I can’t take it anymore I have chest pains. Everyday I don’t want to see that eviction paper on my door,” says Erazo wiping away tears. Like so many in our city, they have Section 8 vouchers to help pay the rent from the New York City Housing Authority. Their rent is $1,380 […]

  • Trash, rodents, roaches — Bronx mom says her home is a health hazard

    THE BRONX — Geneva Scott says she has a major rat problem in her apartment on the Cross Bronx Expressway. “This has been happening for three or four months. No one should live like that,” said Scott. Scott has three small children. She says rats have infiltrated her home and have even reached her son’s bed. “There was a rat inside my son’s bed, where my 4-year-old sleeps,” said Scott. In her kitchen, PIX11 News captured roaches in her drawers. “I […]

  • UWS building needs elevator repairs; city leaders say new roof is a solution

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Some families who live at the Dehostos Houses on 93rd Street say their elevators and lobby were flooded earlier this month. With 22 stories, people were left stranded and frustrated. Council member Helen Rosenthal has been fighting for families and says there is a simple long-term solution. “A small crack in the roof had turned into a crevice and so when it rains it pours through the building. We need a new roof,” said Rosenthal. “We […]

  • Queens dads who live next to eyesore want trash cleaned up

    QUEENS, N.Y. — Lyndon Hernandez and Malik Evans are two fathers on a mission. They want to clean up their neighbor’s backyard which they say has become a dumping ground for trash. Hernandez and Evans live on 184th Street and Jamaica Avenue. “It’s been here for over a year. I can’t take the rats, the smell and the trash anymore,” Hernandez said. Evans said rats emerge at night. PIX11 News tried reaching out to the homeowner, and is still waiting for […]

  • Paralyzed man lives in fourth-floor Bronx apartment, but needs an accessible home

    BRONX, N.Y. — Tyrone Wilson says everyday for six months, he’s struggled up and down four flights of stairs. Wilson has been paralyzed since 1996. He said what’s happening to him now is just adding to his tragic story. “I struggle everyday. I can’t complain. No one is listening,” Wilson said. He said on most days he feels stuck in his East Tremont Avenue apartment. Wilson said he keeps his wheelchair upstairs, and slowly uses his crutches up and down the stairs. […]