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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
  • NYC public schools should be open on Friday: mayor

    NEW YORK — Classes should resume at New York City public schools Friday, the day after they were canceled because of a ferocious winter storm, the mayor said. Mayor Bill de Blasio said schools are expected to be open Friday, but updates will be shared Thursday afternoon in case that changes. The so-called “bomb cyclone” storm brought heavy snow and powerful wind gusts to the region. By Thursday afternoon the bulk of the precipitation had moved away, but not before […]

  • ‘Bomb cyclone’ snowstorm could dump 12+ inches on New York region, whip up blizzard conditions

    NEW YORK — The so-called “bomb cyclone” winter storm is approaching the New York area, promising over a foot of snow in places on Thursday and blizzard conditions as a system that has been likened to a winter hurricane heads up the coast. New York City Public Schools were closed on Thursday “due to expected severe weather conditions,” and dozens of other school districts have also decided to close ahead of the monster storm. [See school closings list here.] The […]

  • Blizzard warning for parts of tri-state as ‘hurricane’ of snow heads up East Coast

    NEW YORK — In a one-two punch of brutal winter weather, a snowstorm could slam the New York region later this week, followed by the coldest air thus far in this relentless arctic outbreak. The storm is being called a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis” — an ominous-sounding term frequently used to describe powerful low-pressure systems that intensify rapidly, according to The first snowstorm of 2018 could dump half a foot of snow or more on Long Island and wreak havoc […]

  • ‘Major step’ toward closing Rikers Island coming this summer

    NEW YORK — A “major step” toward shuttering Rikers Island will come this summer as the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC), which houses about 600 men, will become the complex’s first jail to close. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration made the announcement Tuesday and said the jail’s closure is made possible by the “dramatic reduction” of the city’s jail population, which fell to below 9,000 last month — the lowest on record since 1982. City officials said the GMDC’s closure, […]

  • First snowstorm of 2018 targets New York region as even colder air looms

    NEW YORK — In a one-two punch of brutal winter weather, a snowstorm could slam the New York region later this week, followed by the coldest air thus far in this relentless arctic outbreak. The first snowstorm of 2018 could dump half a foot of snow or more on Long Island and wreak havoc on Thursday’s commutes. Storm watches are already up for Suffolk County and much of New Jersey for snow beginning Wednesday night. Heavy snow and strong winds are […]

  • Children, ages 5 and 11, among 4 dead in New York basement

    TROY, N.Y. — New details were released Wednesday in the discovery of four bodies in a basement apartment in upstate New York a day after Christmas. Authorities said the victims were a 5-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and two women, ages 22 and 36. The victims’ names are not yet being released pending family notification. Police said the women were in a relationship, the children belonged to one of the women and the victims lived in the home where they […]

  • Bitterly cold temps are here — and they’re sticking around

    NEW YORK — A blast of arctic air has settled in over the region, bringing with it days of bitterly cold temperatures and warnings from officials that this kind of frigid weather can be dangerous. The high temperature on Tuesday struggled to reach into the upper 20s. That’s about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service. Couple that with gusty winds and we’re in for wind chills dipping into the single digits […]

  • Dead whale washes ashore on Long Island

    ATLANTIC BEACH, Long Island — A deceased humpback whale has washed ashore on Long Island, officials said. Police in Nassau County were called about 8 a.m. Tuesday about a whale in Atlantic Beach. Multiple agencies are coordinating the response but because high tide will limit crews’ accessibility to the animal, that response likely will begin Wednesday, according to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), which is part of the response. Additional information about the animal or what may have caused […]

  • E and M train service alert: Tunnel between Queens, Manhattan closes for repairs Tuesday

    NEW YORK — Subway riders who rely on the E and M trains will face major changes on those lines during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The tunnel between Queens and Manhattan that carries the E and M lines is temporarily closing from Tuesday until New Year’s Eve for “much-needed repairs,” the MTA said. Starting at 5 a.m. on Tuesday until 8 a.m. on Sunday, all E trains are rerouted on via the F line from Jackson […]

  • Photos show fake deliverymen wanted in Astoria shooting: NYPD

    ASTORIA, Queens — A $2,500 reward is being offered for two men suspected of posing as deliverymen then shooting the man who opened the door expecting to receive a package, NYPD Crime Stoppers said. It was shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday when the pair went to a home near 24th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria. They allegedly buzzed an apartment and said they were delivering a package, police said. The victim came to the door and was shot in […]