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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.


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  • Times Square suspect ‘wanted to kill them all,’ told police he smoked marijuana laced with PCP: complaint

    NEW YORK — After mowing down dozens of pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenage tourist and sending nearly two dozen others to the hospital, a driver allegedly told a traffic agent that he “wanted to kill them all,” according to a complaint. Richard Rojas made his first court appearance Friday. His lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment, but new details about Rojas’ encounters with law enforcement after his deadly lunchtime rampage Thursday. “I smoked marijuana,” he allegedly told a […]

  • Times Square horror: Speeding driver tore through sidewalks, killing woman and injuring 22

    TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan — A speeding, wrong-way driver with a history of DWIs jumped a curb at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue in Times Square and carved a three-and-a-half-block tear of horror at lunchtime through pedestrian-choked sidewalks, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others, four of them critically. The sedan came to rest at Broadway and West 45th Street, stopped from furthering the driver’s rampage by steel bollards installed late last year. The driver, who allegedly put up a […]

  • Fight breaks out at high school graduation

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As their kids walked down the aisle at their high school graduation, adults in Tennessee duked it out inside the church where the ceremony was being held. The melee was caught on camera by Octavius Adams, who was in the audience at Bellevue Baptist Church, PIX11 sister station WREG reports. She said it all started over seat space. “I was sitting in those same seats but they was like, ‘Hey, this is my family. Do you mind […]

  • LIRR service resumes after signal problem snares evening commute

    NEW YORK — Several Long Island Rail Road trains were canceled Wednesday due to signal problems that hit just as rush hour was about to get underway, the transit authority said. The signal problem, originating in one of the East River tunnels, is affecting trains on the Long Beach, Port Jefferson and Port Washington branches, LIRR said. It appears the problems started in time to first affect the 3:43 p.m. train from Penn Station due to Huntington at 4:49 p.m. Eastbound service […]

  • Discoveries of two bodies in water at Central Park likely a grisly ‘coincidence’: chief

    CENTRAL PARK — A body was found in the pond at Central Park Wednesday morning, the second time in as many days that a corpse was found floating in a body of water at the park, police said. There’s “no criminality right now to show that it’s anything more than a coincidence,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. In both cases, a maintenance worker at the park made the grisly discovery. Neither body showed obvious signs of trauma, Boyce said. The […]

  • Body found in Central Park reservoir

    CENTRAL PARK — A body was found floating in the Central Park reservoir Tuesday afternoon, police said. A maintenance worker discovered the body shortly before 1 p.m. in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre decommissioned reservoir inside the iconic greenspace, near Central Park West and West 90th Street. Police said the body was decomposed. The medical examiner will determine the deceased’s identity. No further details were available about the person or the circumstances of their death. Anyone with information in the […]

  • Jay Z continuing partnership with Barneys despite racial profiling allegations

    The Meadows lineup released: Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz headlining

    QUEENS, N.Y. — The Meadows Music and Arts Festival is returning to Citi Field and on Monday revealed the artists who will be performing at the weekend-long fete. Headling the festival’s second year are Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz. The festival is set for Sept. 15 to 17 at Citi Field, and will be streamed live on Tidal. Also included on the bill are: Run the Jewels, Future, Erykah Badu, M.I.A., Weezer, Migos, Action Bronson, Blood Orange, Broken Social […]

  • Suspected carjacker being chased by Newark police dies in crash

    NEWARK, N.J. — A police chase in New Jersey ended in a crash that killed a man Saturday evening, authorities said. Officers in Newark were pursuing a carjacked vehicle when it crashed at about 7 p.m. on Holland Street near Springfield Avenue, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. Sources told PIX11 News the suspected carjacker was killed. The deceased’s name was not released because his family has not been notified yet, the prosecutor’s office said.  

  • Off-duty officer stabbed in Queens

    JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens — An off-duty NYPD officer was stabbed in Queens Saturday night, police said. The officer was stabbed once in the arm at 10:20 p.m. near 94th Street and 20th Avenue in Jackson Heights, police said. He was off-duty at the time and was taken to a hospital. His wounds are not life-threatening, officials said. The suspected attacker was arrested at the scene, though their identify has not been revealed yet. It’s unknown what sparked the violence. PIX11 […]

  • Flooding closes main entrance of Penn Station, ‘waves’ roll through Hoboken streets

    NEW YORK — A powerful storm that dumped heavy rain on the tri-state area Friday prompted the closure of the entrance to Penn Station at Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street and the shutdown of 10 blocks of the West Side Highway. In New Jersey, streets turned into veritable rivers as much of the region coped with the midday deluge. Transit service was also affected, and spotty problems continued into the evening commute. [Click PIX11’s transit page for the latest.] Flash flood warnings […]