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Samantha Tata is the digital managing editor at PIX11 News. She joined the station as a digital producer in 2017.

Before coming to New York, she was a digitial producer and internship coordinator at NBC4 Southern California, where she was part of the team that won the station’s first-ever national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for breaking news coverage.

Recent Articles
  • NJ woman learns dog is alive 5 months after she thought pet was put down

    HOWELL, N.J. — A New Jersey woman thought her family’s beloved dog was dead only to learn that the animal had been living with an employee of the veterinary office where she’d taken the dog to be euthanized five months earlier. Keri Levy brought her 15-year-old miniature pinscher to Briarwood Veterinary Hospital on May 17 to be euthanized “due to his declining health,” an official with the Howell Police Department told PIX11 News in a statement. “She picked up the […]

  • Man, 94, beaten and robbed in Chelsea attack: police

    CHELSEA, Manhattan — An investigation is underway into the beating and robbery of a 94-year-old man in Chelsea, police said Tuesday. The attack happened about 10:45 p.m. on Oct. 13 in front of 312 W. 25th St., police said. The victim’s girlfriend, 76, told police she and her boyfriend were unpacking their car shortly before the attack. She had gone upstairs and when she came back, she found her boyfriend bleeding in the driver’s seat, with cuts to his face […]

  • NYPD officer allegedly exposed himself to girls in the Bronx

    THE BRONX — An NYPD officer allegedly jumped out of his car, exposed himself to two girls, asked them for directions to McDonald’s then drove off, police said. Adam Fridson, 43, faces two counts each of acting in a manner injurious to a child, lewdness, and exposure of person, police said. He was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. It was shortly after 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 when two girls, ages 12 and 17, were approached by a stranger […]

  • LIRR service suspended between Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal due to signal problems

    NEW YORK — Commuters using the LIRR should brace for a packed rush hour, as train service has been suspended in both directions between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica due to signal problems, according to the MTA. The agency made the announcement at 4 p.m. LIRR fares will be cross-honored on the Nos. 2 and 3 subway lines at at Altanic Terminal and Penn Station, the MTA said.

  • 2-month-old girl found dead in Brooklyn

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A baby was found dead in a Brooklyn home Friday, police said. Officers were called shortly after 7 a.m. to the home where the baby lived on Oakland Place near Bedford Avenue about an unconscious child, police said. When they arrived, they found 2-month-old Armani T. Hill unresponsive. The baby was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The girl’s cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Police said no […]

  • Body found in driveway of NJ bus terminal

    PATERSON, N.J. — A body was found in the driveway of a New Jersey bus terminal in the middle of the night Thursday, authorities said. The discovery was made about 2:25 a.m. at the Broadway Bus Terminal in Paterson, according to New Jersey Transit. Authorities said a bus ran over the man, though it’s unclear if he was already dead or if he was killed by the bus. Someone called police to say they’d found what appeared to be an […]

  • Teacher arrested for alleged sexual abuse of student in Brooklyn

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Brooklyn teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a teenage student, authorities said. Mervyn Affoon, 65, faces charges of sexual abuse, forcible touching, criminal sex act and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17, police said. He was taken into custody about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. A law enforcement source told PIX11 News that Affoon worked at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. A man by the same name is listed […]

  • Student caught with fake gun at Queens high school: police

    QUEENS — A fake gun set off a real emergency response at a school in Queens Tuesday, police said. A call came in shortly before 8 a.m. about a possibly deadly weapon found on a student at Grover Cleveland High School, police said. A scanning machine set off the alert and led officials to find the device, which was deemed to be an imitation pistol, police said. The student, a 16-year-old boy, has been issued a summons. A spokeswoman for […]

  • Driver saves students with special needs moments before bus catches fire

    ROOSEVELT, N.Y. — Thanks to a quick-thinking bus driver, half a dozen students with special needs are safe after their vehicle caught fire on Long Island Monday, police in Nassau County said. Shortly before 11 a.m. on Bennet Avenue in Roosevelt, authorities responded to a call for a bus fire. When the driver noticed the bus was having mechanical difficulties, he evacuated all six students who were on board, police said. As they were waiting for authorities to arrive, the […]

  • Comedian Ralphie May found dead at 45

    LAS VEGAS — Comedian Ralphie May was found dead at his home in Las Vegas Friday after battling pneumonia for weeks. He was 45. The news of his “untimely death” was confirmed in a post on his verified Twitter account. Pneumonia had forced May to cancel a “handful” of dates over the last month in an effort to recover from the illness, the post said. His cause of death was cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, comedian Lahna […]