Kirstin Cole is a reporter and fill-in anchor for the PIX 11 Morning News. The four time Emmy Award Winner re-joined the station in 2011, having worked here during the original launch of the morning news in 2000 – 2001. In between, she was the consumer investigative reporter and anchor at WCBS-TV for the 10 years between, and also substituted as an anchor on the CBS Morning News.

She originally got her start in journalism at WLNY-TV and News 12 Long Island as an anchor in 1995, and also worked for ABC and Fox affiliates in Columbus, Ohio.

Kirstin has exposed scams and dangerous products and is responsible for getting thousands of dollars back to countless consumers. Frequently going undercover, she has done investigations about unsafe products and abusive consumer practices. Her reporting has exposed salons allowing illegal underage tanning and its links to skin cancer, filthy supermarkets, child discrimination, drunk high rise construction workers, illegal botox, appliance repair rip-offs, nursing home abuses, dangerous daycares and diamond buying scams.

And her lust for adventure has taken her to challenging places in her reporting: submerged in a sinking car and learning how to escape from a plane crash in water all to share survival techniques. She’s reported while rappelling down a building, from horseback, helicopters, an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic, police cars and ambulances, as well as a jail cell, all to tell compelling stories.

As a breaking news reporter, she has covered the attacks of 9-11, floods and tornados, the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, and countless fires and blizzards.

And she is passionately involved in many charitable organizations. She is a 12 year board member of the Achilles Track Club, helping disabled athletes compete in mainstream races. She’s also previously served as a board member for the New York Institute of Technology, a school that has fostered many broadcast journalism careers. She has been a long time supporter of the Edwin Gould Services for Family and Children, helping foster children in New York to find meaningful home lives with parents. She also raises money for the cancer research and treatment through cycling long distances in honor of her many friends and family members afflicted with forms of the disease.

Kirstin has been honored with Emmys, Associated Press Awards, honors from the Society of Silurians (the oldest journalism organization in the United States), The Society of Professional Journalists and the New York Press Club.

Cole is a summa cum laude graduate of Chicago’s Loyola University with a degree in communications and a concentration in journalism. She lives in the New York that she loves with her husband, daughter and son.

Recent Articles
  • Couple, 5-year-old daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide at Harlem apartment: police

    HARLEM, Manhattan —A couple and their 5-year-old daughter were found dead inside a Harlem apartment in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday night, police said. Authorities responded to an apartment along West 121st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard just after 9 p.m. to perform a wellness check, police said. When they arrived, police found the bodies of Jennifer Schlecht, 42, and her young daughter Abaynesh Schlecht Tedla. They also discovered the body of the man they believed was responsible for […]

  • NYC sees rise in number of hate crimes on the subway: NYPD

    NEW YORK — New York City is seeing an uptick in the number of hate crimes on the subway. The NYPD said there has been about 68 incidents so far this year, compared to 44 in 2018. Of the reported hate-crime incidents, 55 of them have been graffiti-related — 39 of those were anti-Semitic, police said. Swastikas are being drawn around the subway — on trains, bathrooms and even station pillars, according to Chief of Transit Edward Delatorre. “We have […]

  • 2 killed in house fire in Middlesex County, NJ: authorities

    JAMESBURG, N.J. — Two people are dead after flames ripped through a New Jersey home early Wednesday, authorities confirmed. The two victims were discovered after the fire, which broke around 3:45 a.m. in the house on Sheridan Street in Jamesburg, officials said. Authorities said the victims’ cause of death is pending the completion of autopsies by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office. No firefighters or police officers were injured in the blaze. The daughter of a man who lives in […]

  • Direct service resumes on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley line

    WESTFIELD, N.J. — Trains on one New Jersey Transit route that had been curtailed last year as the agency scrambled to finish installing a federally mandated braking system are finally set to be restored Monday. Transit officials and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said back in October that off-peak direct service on the Raritan Valley Line to New York would resume November 4. The trains serve towns in Essex, Union, Somerset and Hunterdon counties. The service was halted last fall to […]

  • Opening ceremony for TCS New York City Marathon

    CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan — Ahead of Sunday’s TCS New York City marathon, runners from around the world celebrate during the opening ceremony. PIX11’s Kirstin Cole was joined by athletes from the Achilles International organization to discuss their preparations and what participating in the race means to them. For a full list of street closures, click here. 

  • Annual Village Halloween Parade: Route, street closures, times and more

    GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — The rainy weather won’t deter thousands of ghosts and ghouls from filling the streets of downtown Manhattan Thursday night for the city’s annual Village Halloween Parade. The parade starts at 7 p.m. at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue, and then marches up Sixth Avenue and ending at West 16th Street. No car-traffic will be allowed to cross the route during the procession, so expect road closures and large crowds if you have to drive near the […]

  • Teen punched by cop during Brooklyn subway brawl to appear in court; family expected to file lawsuit

    NEW YORK — The family of the teen punched by a police officer during a subway brawl in Brooklyn is planning to sue the NYPD and the city for $5 million. The lawsuit is expected to be announced Wednesday, days after a police officer was seen on camera throwing punches at the young men, including 15-year-old Benjamin Marshall. Officers had responded to a fight between two large groups of people on Jay Street on Oct. 25. The dispute then spilled […]

  • 700 still not rebuilt 7 years after Superstorm Sandy

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Seven years after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast, about 700 families still have not finished rebuilding. Tuesday marks the anniversary of the deadly storm, which caused widespread destruction along the East Coast, particularly in New Jersey and New York. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs says about 700 of the 7,400 people participating in its main post-Sandy rebuilding project still have not completed the program. Some of those, however, have been able to […]

  • NYPD officer struck in bulletproof vest, armed suspect killed in Harlem altercation: police

    HARLEM — An NYPD officer’s bulletproof vest saved his life during a violent confrontation that left a naked, armed man dead in Harlem early Wednesday, according to officials. Just before 2 a.m., eight uniformed officers responded to a 911 call from a resident at a Harlem apartment building on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, near West 148th Street, saying a male neighbor was harassing her, banging on doors and breaking glass, NYPD officials said at a news conference Wednesday. As responding officers […]

  • American Dream theme park sells out for 1st weekend

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —  If you’re planning to go to the new American Dream mall’s main attraction this weekend, you may be out of luck. Passes for afternoon and evening sessions at the mall’s Nickelodeon Universe are sold out for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to American Dream’s website. The mall opens Friday next to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Other attractions will open over the next several months. The full complement of dining, entertainment and retail outlets will open […]

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