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Dan Mannarino is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning anchor for the PIX11 Morning News, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Dan joined PIX11 in 2011 as a reporter and has covered some of the biggest stories, including the terror attacks in Paris and Manchester, the election of Pope Francis live from Rome, Hurricane Sandy, the East Harlem explosion, the Philadelphia train derailment, the Chelsea bombings and many more.

Dan has won a number of broadcast media awards, including seven regional Emmy Awards, two which were for his exclusive Hidden New York Series that took viewers to unknown hidden spots around the tri-state area.

Over the past three years, Dan has provided in-depth reporting from inside Rikers Island, one of the country’s largest jail systems. With more than a dozen exclusive reports, Dan uncovered corruption and violence that helped shift the tide to shuttering the island over the next 10 years. Many of Dan’s exclusive reports on Rikers made national headlines.

Since 2003, Dan has volunteered for Camp New Day in New Jersey, working with developmentally delayed adults, a cause near and dear to his heart. In 2017, Dan became a co-founder and vice-president of the nonprofit charity Circle Up Foundation, the mission of which is to bring joy and dignity to the special needs community nationwide. You can learn more on this charitable organization at circleupfoundation.org.

Dan was born and raised in the tri-state area and is a proud graduate of Manhattan College in the Bronx. In 2017, Dan rescued a black lab mix named Bella. They can often be found at the dog park.

Recent Articles
  • Police seize 50 pounds of marijuana, arrest Bronx man day before ‘420’: NYPD

    MORRIS PARK, The Bronx — Fifty pounds of marijuana was seized and a Bronx man was arrested Wednesday — a day ahead of “420,” a holiday of sorts for pot smokers, according to the NYPD. A search warrant was executed at a home in the 1720 block of Fowler Avenue in the Bronx around 1:30 p.m., police said. Equipment necessary for growing marijuana plants was discovered in a “large room” on the second floor, according to police. Four “grow rooms” were at […]

  • NYC Sikh taxi driver attacked, turban ripped off head in suspected hate crime

    NEW YORK — It was the taxi ride from hell for 25-year-old Harkirat Singh. Singh is of the Sikh faith and has been a cab driver for a little over a year, working the overnight shift in his family cab. On Sunday, Singh picked up four passengers at the corner of 30th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan around 5 a.m. They wanted to go to the Bronx. Singh says they appeared drunk, but that was nothing he hasn’t dealt with […]

  • Unions for Rikers Island employees share thoughts on prison closure

    NEW YORK — The Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association and two other unions say they’re worried following the mayor’s announcement of a plan to shut down Rikers Island in 10 years. “When are we going to get safer jails?” asked Elias Husamudeen, president of the COBA. The union brass said there has been an 18 percent increase in slashings and stabbings at the troubled facility this year and would like the Department of Corrections and Mayor Bill de Blasio to focus on fixing the deep-seated […]

  • Rikers Island jail facility will be closed, mayor says

    THE BRONX, N.Y. — Rikers Island, the largest jail in the country notorious for violence within its walls and described by some as “the worst place on Earth,” will be closed, city leaders announced Friday. “It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions along the way, but it will happen,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The mayor said he and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, an outspoken proponent of closing the jail, have agreed on a 10-year timeline to […]

  • NYC morgue shutdown delays funeral homes from receiving bodies

    NEW YORK — Don’t plan a funeral if your loved one needs an autopsy on Staten Island or the Bronx. That is what local funeral directors and two city councilmen are telling people in their respective boroughs, due to two morgues shutting down. “This is an issue that really affects families and loved ones,” says Vacca, who represents parts of the Bronx. This is not something new. The city run mortuaries shut down two years ago in the Bronx and […]

  • Rachel Dolezal on being ‘trans-black’

    NEW YORK — Race and social justice activist Rachel Dolezal was fired from the NAACP because she led others to believe she was black, though she was born to white parents. That revelation two years ago thrust Dolezal, now 40, into the spotlight and sparked a national discussion on race. “I was presented as a liar and a con and fraud,” she told PIX11 News in an interview Wednesday. Dolezal hopes to close that chapter of her life with the […]

  • Man arrested in shooting death of 21-year-old in Bronx public housing stairwell

    UPDATED STORY: Man arrested in shooting death of Aaliyah Alder. Earlier version of story below. MORRISANIA, The Bronx — Police are questioning a man they believe may have information about who shot and killed a 21-year-old woman in the Bronx Monday night. The victim, identified as Aaliyah Alder, was found about 10:40 p.m. Monday with a gunshot wound to her head inside an eighth-floor stairwell at the Forest Houses on Tinton Avenue, according to the NYPD. Authorities said officers were called about reports of […]

  • Dogs from Egypt arrive in NYC in rare rescue mission

    NEW YORK — Nearly a dozen dogs from Cairo, Egypt arrived in New York City Thursday in a rare rescue mission. “They are treated poorly,” said Jennifer Lamb, founder of In our Hands Rescue, a non-profit organization in New York City. “They are considered like rats, so the government deals with them by poisoning them.” Lamb, who typically rescues dogs from the South, worked around the clock to get these dogs out of Egypt and over to America. “Our motto […]

  • Line of cars catches fire in Manhattan

    SUTTON PLACE, Manhattan — A line of cars caught fire in Manhattan Friday, sending flames ripping through vehicles and thick plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. The fire appeared to have started from a Golds Plumbing truck parked on East 58th Street between First and Second avenues, officials said. Flames then spread to a line of cars parked ahead of that van. The work van had a mechanical problem and began leaking fiery fuel. Mike McNenny was watching […]

  • Exclusive: Witness in Bronx sucker-punch attack knows suspects

    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A woman who witnessed a man passed out on a Bronx street about a month ago didn’t think much of it, until she turned on her television Tuesday. “In this area, you don’t know if a person is passed out drunk,” says the woman who does not want her identity revealed. Speaking exclusively to PIX11, she says she was born and raised in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx and has seen it all. […]

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