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Nicole Johnson is an Emmy-Award winning journalist for PIX11 News.

Nicole has covered many high-profile stories, including a notable story about Shannon Tavares, an 11 year-old Broadway star battling leukemia. The story gained national attention, shedding light on bone marrow donation and its importance in the African American community. More than 10,000 people registered to become donors after seeing her report.

In 2010, Nicole’s story on Domestic Violence-”A Bronx Woman’s Nightmare” forced New York State to improve its laws to protect victims.

Nicole began her journalism career as an editorial writer for The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, where she attended Rollins College. Nicole returned to her native New York reporting for Bronx Net and News 12 throughout the tri-state area.

She held a variety of positions at WPIX-11, including assignment desk editor, which proved to be a critical position on September 11th, 2001 when was sent to Ground Zero for several days to provide coverage on the attacks. In 2002, became a general assignment reporter for WROC TV in Rochester, New York, and later returned to New York City to report for NY1 News, Fox 5 and My 9 News.

Nicole is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalist and was honored by The Professional Network for excellence in journalism.

She is also a recipient of two New York Association of Black Journalist Awards and an Associated Press Award for Breaking News. The Network Journal recognized Johnson as a “40 Under 40″ in 2011.

Johnson is also a McDonald’s Media Legend, a very high honor for someone her age.

Along with her journalism career, she dedicates time to help her community by volunteering at local schools, and is an active volunteer with the Sickle Cell Foundation.

Nicole resides in NYC with her greatest accomplishment — her son Parker.


Recent Articles
  • Yellow cab kills pedestrian in hit-and-run in Manhattan

    LENOX HILL, Manhattan — A woman was struck and killed by a yellow cab Wednesday, police say. It happened near East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue just after 5 a.m. The woman was a passenger inside a yellow cab. She opened the back door and fell onto the street as the cab approached East 68th street. That’s when a second yellow cab ran her over and kept going, according to police sources. The victim was transported to the hospital where she […]

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    91-year-old woman beaten, robbed on Upper East Side

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — A 91-year-old woman was beaten and robbed at her Upper East Side apartment, police said Tuesday. The morning of Sept. 9, a neighbor called 311, the city services line, after hearing a woman scream for help. Officers arrived to a building at East 66th Street and Third Avenue to find the victim lying on the floor, police said. The victim said that at 8 a.m. an unknown male punched her in the face with an unknown […]

  • Pregnant teen shot in the head in Brooklyn expected to be OK: family

    BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — A pregnant teen who was shot in the head over the weekend is expected to be OK, her family told PIX11 News Monday. Five months pregnant with her first child, Tatiana Sparks was shot just before 1 p.m. on Sunday in front her Brownsville home. It’s unclear if she was the intended target. Those nearby said they heard more than one gunshot. Sparks, 19, remained hospitalized and heavily sedated Monday. Her family said the bullet pierced then […]

  • Punch turns fatal after fight in Queens

    FLUSHING, N.Y. — A man died Friday from injuries he suffered when he was punched so hard, he fell to the ground outside his home in Queens, police said. The victim was identified as Hugo Moreta, 56, police said. Moreta was involved in a fight with two men at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Decatur Street near Cypress Avenue, police said. One of them punched him, knocking Moreta to the ground. When police arrived to the scene, they found the […]

  • Officers hospitalized when men fleeing shooting crash into NYPD cruiser in Brooklyn: police

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Four people, including two police officers, were hospitalized Thursday after two men allegedly fleeing the scene of a shooting crashed into an NYPD cruiser in Brooklyn. Police first responded to reports of shots fired near Halsey Street and Saratoga Avenue around 11 p.m. Wednesday, the department said. That’s when police say two men fleeing the scene T-boned a patrol car, which happened to be in the area, two blocks away at Ralph Avenue and MacDonough Street. The […]

  • Man slashed on the A train in Brooklyn

    CLINTON HILL, Brooklyn — A man was slashed when police say a heated argument between strangers on a northbound A train got out of control. It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Police say one of the men slashed the 48-year-old on his shoulder and elbow before getting off the train at  Clinton and Washington Avenues. Witnesses say the victim stayed on the train until the next stop, Lafayette Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, and then called 911 for help. NYPD […]

  • Women posing as police steal $10k from 78-year-old woman

    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Two women posing as police officers stole $10,000 from a 78-year-old woman in Washington Heights, police said. The pair knocked on the victim’s door on Aug. 17 at around 7:30 p.m, officials said. The pair identified themselves as police officers and told the 78-year-old woman that they were looking for someone who lived in the Washington Heights apartment. They weren’t in uniform, but they wore police shields around their neck. The woman told the pair that the […]

  • Woman with rosary beads in throat dies; boyfriend hospitalized

    HIGHBRIDGE, the Bronx — A woman with rosary beads shoved down her throat is dead and her boyfriend hospitalized after being found naked and screaming about the devil on a Bronx street, officials said Wednesday. Police responded to a 911 call for a woman who was having difficulty breathing around 5:25 p.m. Tuesday on Anderson Avenue, officials said. The victim, Helen Hernandez, 33, was located in a building’s hallway, unconscious and unresponsive. EMS rushed the mother of three to a […]

  • Man gets leg stuck in sinkhole in Brooklyn crosswalk

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A man who was walking to work in Brooklyn suddenly became stuck in a crosswalk Tuesday when the street swallowed his leg. The man was on his way to work at a body shop when, about a block away from his destination, his right leg plunged into a sinkhole opening in the concrete. Photos of the scene show the man’s entire leg, up to his upper thigh, in the roadway near Myrtle Avenue and Walworth Street. Emergency […]

  • Police seek attacker who punched, stabbed 63-year-old woman over train seat

    BRONX, N.Y. — A 63-year-old woman was punched and stabbed on a southbound 5 train Friday night, police said. At around 9:30 p.m., Petra Cruz said she got into an argument with another woman over a train seat. The dispute escalated when the woman punched Cruz multiple times and then stabbed her in the face with a metal spoon. Cruz said she had boarded a crowded 5 train at the 149th street and Grand Concourse station. The train was crowded […]