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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
  • Spring today, snow tomorrow: Weekend storm could dump up to 4 inches in NYC

    NEW YORK — A weekend snowstorm is on the way and promises to blanket the region with up to 6 inches of snow. New York City can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow while points north and west could get 4 to 7 inches of accumulation before the fast-moving storm is over. The storm is expected to arrive Saturday night and last through Sunday morning, but whatever snow does stick isn’t expected to last long. Friday’s spring-like temperatures made the […]

  • Snow and ice: Winter weather advisory issued for NYC, NJ and CT

    NEW YORK — A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the tri-state as a mid-week storm brings snow and ice to the region. The advisory lasts until 3 p.m. Wednesday for New York City as well as southern Fairfield, southern New Haven, southern New London, southern Middlesex, Hudson, eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Union and southern Westchester counties, the National Weather Service said. Up to an inch of snow is expected in those areas along with a […]

  • Storm cancels hundreds of flights at NYC airports

    NEW YORK — Hundreds of flights at New York metro airports are canceled or delayed Wednesday due to inclement weather, officials said. The icy mid-week snowstorm has sparked the cancellations of nearly 100 flights at Kennedy Airport and more than 100 flights at LaGuardia Airport. Because of the weather, multiple airlines at JFK are waiving their fees for changing or cancelling flights, the airport said. As of 9:15 a.m., flights into LaGuardia are experiencing an average of 1 hour delays […]

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    Man found dead next to dumpster in Brooklyn

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A man was found dead next to a dumpster in Brooklyn Monday morning, police said. The gruesome discovery was made behind 930 Halsey St., not far from the Halsey Street subway station that services the M, J and Z lines. Police received a call about 10:30 a.m. about an unconscious person at that loation. When officers arrived, they found a fully clothed man unconscious and unresponsive on the ground next to a dumpster. The 31-year-old was pronounced […]

  • Girl attacks classmate with bleach in Queens high school, hurting 5: police

    BAYSIDE, Queens — At least five people were injured at a Queens high school Friday when a student allegedly tossed bleach during a hallway fight with her classmate, police said. It happened about 11:30 a.m., between third and fourth periods, at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, located at 57-00 223rd St. in Bayside, police said. Two 16-year-old girls were fighting when one of them threw juice at the other, police said. That’s when the second girl allegedly threw bleach, which […]

  • Snow and an icy Friday morning commute are in the forecast

    NEW YORK — A wet, wintry storm arrived Thursday night and will stick around long enough to impact the Friday morning commute. A cold front will move across the region and promises to make for a slippery, potentially dangerous morning commute to end the work week. Precipitation will start as rain then change into a wintry mix before it becomes all snow after midnight, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will fall toward and below freezing overnight, creating an […]

  • Hundreds of birds fall out of the sky in Utah

    DRAPER, Utah — Residents in a Utah town are confused after more than 200 birds fell from the sky Monday. “It’s one of the rarest things I’ve ever heard of,” Sgt. Chad Carpenter, with the Draper City Police Department, told KSTU. Resident Lacey Brown said she saw the birds dropping out of the sky as she was driving. “They were all on the ground right around here and on the roadway,” Brown said. “They were just falling out of the sky like […]

  • Man who pleaded guilty to raping 13-year-old gets 15 years probation

    OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl at a church camp has been sentenced to 15 years probation. In the summer of 2016, a 13-year-old girl said she was raped by Benjamin Lawrence Petty, 36, while she was at the camp, according to KFOR. Petty was reportedly a cook at the church camp. The victim said that Petty told her he was going to show her how to perform tricks on a device he brought to […]

  • Snow is coming: When it arrives and how much to expect

    NEW YORK — After a weekend of relief, the winter weather is back, bringing snow and near-freezing temperatures to the tri-state as the week begins. Snow arrives Monday afternoon into night and will fall mostly east of New York City. It’s expected to start as sprinkles before changing over to light snow. A coating to about 1 inch is expected in much of the area, according to the National Weather Service. There could be additional pockets of light snow overnight […]

  • Bodies of identical twin sisters found when FDNY responds to water leak in Brooklyn home

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Bodies of identical twin sisters were discovered in a Brooklyn home after authorities were called to the location for a water leak. FDNY responded about 2:30 p.m. to a home on Union Street near Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights after a neighbor called about flooding in the basement. When they went inside, the first responders found two bodies. The women were later identified as identical twin sisters who were well-known in the neighborhood — Mary Lynn […]