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Samantha Tata is the digital managing editor at PIX11 News. She joined the station as a digital producer in 2014.

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
  • Deadly fire at Trump Tower deemed accidental, sparked by power strips: FDNY

    MANHATTAN — A fire at Trump Tower that killed a man earlier this month has been ruled an accident caused by overloaded power strips, fire officials said Monday. The April 7 blaze started about 5:30 p.m. in an apartment on the 50th floor of Trump Tower. When firefighters arrived, the apartment was “virtually entirely on fire,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. Fire marshals said the fire was sparked by “sequenced power strips powering multiple components.” There were no smoke smoke […]

  • E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce; 35 sickened

    NEW YORK — Chopped romaine lettuce has been linked to dozens of cases of E. coli and anyone who has the leafy green in their refrigerator is told to throw it away immediately, health officials said Friday. No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified as the source of the multi-state outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, the contaminated lettuce can be traced only to the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. Consumers who have […]

  • Public’s help needed to ID baby found dumped in suitcase near NJ train tracks

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify a baby girl whose remains were stuffed in a suitcase and dumped along train tracks in Jersey City. A Port Authority employee made the gruesome discovery at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, prosecutors said. The human remains were inside a suitcase found near the PATH train tracks underneath the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge, just off Broadway. A preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office revealed that the baby was […]

  • Baby found dead in suitcase left near PATH tracks in Jersey City

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A baby was found dead in a suitcase left near PATH tracks in Jersey City on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The gruesome discovery was made about 12:40 p.m. underneath the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge, just off Broadway, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said. A PATH train crew spotted a suitcase near tracks not far from the Journal Square stop and called police, sources told PIX11 News. When officers arrived, they found human remains in the container. The […]

  • Tammy Duckworth becomes 1st U.S. senator to give birth while in office

    Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday, her office announced, the first US senator to do so while in office. “Bryan, Abigail and I couldn’t be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our family and we’re deeply honored that our good friend Senator (Daniel) Akaka was able to bless her name for us — his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us,” Duckworth […]

  • Snowfall totals so far during this fourth nor’easter

    NEW YORK — Heavy, wet snow is blanketing the tri-state Wednesday during the fourth nor’easter to hit the region this month alone. Forecasters predict up to a foot of snow could fall in New York City and northeastern New Jersey, with locally higher amounts possible. Here are the reported totals as of 9:44 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service:  CONNECTICUT …Fairfield County… Bridgeport Airport 3.0 …New London County… Lebanon 2.8 NEW JERSEY …Bergen County… Englewood 8.6 Ridgewood 7.8 […]

  • Fourth Nor’easter: NYC public schools will be open on Thursday

    NEW YORK – Public schools in New York City were closed Wednesday as a springtime nor’easter slammed the area, threatening to drop up to a foot of snow on the five boroughs and whip up blizzard-like conditions with powerful winds. But class won’t be cancelled for a second day in a row. A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said all public schools will be open on Thursday. “The Mayor has made the decision to OPEN schools tomorrow,” Eric Phillips […]

  • Snow total predictions climb as fourth nor’easter in a month targets tri-state area

    NEW YORK – A springtime nor’easter set to hit the area on Wednesday is shaping up to be a significant storm, with the possibility of at least 10 inches of snowfall across New York City and winds strong enough to topple tree limbs and power lines. The snow will develop about 6 a.m. Wednesday and continue for almost 24 hours. By Wednesday afternoon and evening, precipitation will be moderate with periods of heavy snowfall. The brunt of the storm should […]

  • Winter storm watch issued for tri-state ahead of springtime nor’easter

    NEW YORK — A winter storm watch has been issued for much of the region and predicted snowfall totals are climbing ahead of a springtime nor’easter that threatens to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the tri-state. The watch goes into effect Tuesday night and lasts through Wednesday night for New York City and northeast New Jersey and southern Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy, wet snow is expected to blanket the area. Total […]

  • Drunken driver sentenced in crash that killed Long Island grandparents

    MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. — A bar owner was sentenced Monday in a drunken driving crash that killed a couple just minutes after the victims left a family dinner on Long Island, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. John Hartwig, 64, was given 3 1/2 to 10 1/2 years in prison for the deadly crash. He had pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. On the night of April 22, 2017, Hartwig was driving […]