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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
  • 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 […]

  • 1 hurt in Bronx apartment fire

    NORWOOD, the Bronx — At least one person was hurt Monday in a fire that broke out at an apartment building in the Bronx, FDNY said. Emergency crews were fighting the blaze on East 208th Street near Dekalb Avenue in the Norwood section of the borough. A civilian suffered a minor injury, fire officials said. This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates.

  • NY firefighters among 7 service members killed in Iraq helicopter crash

    BAGHDAD — Two New York City firefighters were among seven service members killed when a U.S. helicopter crashed in Iraq. Commack Fire Department identified one of the victims as Christopher Raguso, who was a flight engineer in the Air National Guard, a lieutenant with their department and in the FDNY. Lieutenant Raguso was also with Division 13 in Queens. “Chris was always there to help anyone with anything, he would never say no,” the department said, calling Raguso “a great American Patriot, […]

  • Florida International University bridge collapse: At least 6 dead, several injured

    SWEETWATER, Fla. — At least six people are dead after a newly built pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University Thursday, injuring several others and crushing several vehicles under massive slabs. Fire Chief Dave Downey said at a news briefing Thursday evening that six deceased people had been found at the scene by first responders. He also says nine victims were removed “early on” and taken to hospitals. But he did not elaborate on their conditions. During a Friday morning […]

  • Forest Hills High School lockdown lifted; ‘individual responsible’ in custody: police

    FOREST HILLS, Queens — Students at Forest Hills High School were temporarily on lockdown Thursday as police investigated what was determined to be a “hoax,” authorities said. NYPD said they received a call about 11 a.m. that “someone scribbled notes on a desk,” which sparked an investigation and a “soft lockdown.” A soft lockdown implies, according to the city’s Department of Education, “that there is no identified imminent danger to the sweep teams. Administrative teams, Building Response Teams, and School […]

  • Person with gun prompts shelter-in-place order at Northwestern University

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University has ordered anyone on campus to shelter in place as police respond to reports of a person with a gun, the university said Wednesday afternoon. The university said the incident is happened at Engelhart Hall, at Emerson Street and Maple Avenue. That building houses apartments for Northwestern graduate students and their families, according to the school’s website. In a tweet sent at about 3:30 p.m. ET, the university said: “NU EMERGENCY: Person with gun on Evanston […]

  • Worker killed in forklift incident at Queens construction site: police

    JAMAICA, Queens — A construction worker was killed at a site in Queens Tuesday when he was pinned by a forklift, police said. The deadly incident happened about 11 a.m. at 152-11 89th Ave. in Jamaica, Queens. The victim, 34, was riding on top of the forklift. He was expecting the machine to move forward but instead it went in reverse and pinned him. When emergency crews arrived, they found the worker unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at […]

  • Nor’easter: Timeline of the storm

    NEW YORK — A nor’easter packing heavy, wet snow and high winds hit the region Wednesday morning, threatening to blanket parts of the tri-state with a foot of snow and potentially cause another round of outages in places still in the dark from last week’s storm. Projections of the storm’s track have varied over the past 24 hours, but as of Wednesday morning, forecasters have a good idea of how this system will behave. The latest models, as of 7 […]

  • Heard thunder during the snow? Your ears don’t deceive you

    NEW YORK — Did you hear thunder during Wednesday’s nor’easter, perhaps about the time the snow started to really fall? Your ears did not deceive you. The phenomenon is called thundersnow. It happens when “shallow layers of unstable air lead to enhanced upward motion, increasing snow growth and causing enough electric charge separation for lightning,” according to the National Weather Service. Anytime thundersnow is present, bands of heavy precipitation are present, too. Shortly after 12 p.m., the National Weather service […]

  • Nor’easter to hit New York, New Jersey with heavy snow as region still recovers from last storm

    NEW YORK — A powerful nor’easter is charging toward the tri-state area for the second time in less than a week, threatening to dump up to a foot of heavy, wet snow and across New York and New Jersey, create “very difficult to impossible”  travel conditions and put pressure on already strained power lines. Tuesday marks the calm before the storm, with sunny skies and seasonably cool temperatures, but a big change is expected by midnight. Timing and accumulation The […]