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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
  • Luxury watch thieves on the loose in Manhattan

    MANHATTAN — Three men are wanted after allegedly breaking into hotel and gym lockers and stealing luxury watches, one valued up to $25,000. “I never really think about it. The lockers all have individual codes so I figured my stuff was safe,” said one man who just left the gym. The watches were stolen at gyms and high-end hotels from Wall Street to Midtown, including Equinox, The Peninsula, Parker New York and New York Health and Racquet Club. The thieves […]

  • Violent purse snatching in Brooklyn injures woman, thief sought

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — Authorities are searching for the man accused of violently snatching a woman’s purse outside her building in Brooklyn. It happened on July 4 at about 3:35 a.m. as a woman attempted to enter her building along Cook Street and Graham Avenue in Bushwick. A man followed her to the front door and waited until she gained entry, police said. Once the victim got the door open, the man grabbed her purse and pulled her off the stoop, […]

  • Street renamed for NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, 1 year after line-of-duty death

    THE BRONX — A year after NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia was gunned down in the line of duty, her legacy was remembered with a candelight vigil at midnight then a prayer service Thursday morning followed by a street renaming in her honor. Familia was sitting in a marked, RV-like command post shortly after midnight on July 5, 2017, as Fourth of July festivities were ending when, police said, Alexander Bonds fired a single shot into the vehicle, killing the 12-year veteran […]

  • Mural near Bronx bodega where teen was killed asks you to literally ‘Stand With Junior’

    BELMONT, the Bronx — A mural is being painted Friday in honor of a 15-year-old boy who was attacked by alleged gang members with knives and a machete in a case that has galvanized a grief-stricken Bronx community. “Stand With Junior” is a call to action, according to artist Chris Pyrate, who started the mural Thursday night and continued his work Friday. By Friday morning, an outline of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was visible on a white background. Nearby, a second […]

  • NYPD investigating whether officers did enough to help dying 15-year-old in the Bronx: sources

    NEW YORK — Police are investigating whether responding officers did enough to help 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz as he lay dying on the sidewalk in the Bronx after he was hacked with knives and a machete, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News on Thursday. The investigation is examining whether the officers possibly did not provide enough help to the teen as he was bleeding from the neck in front of a hospital, the sources said. It’s possible the officers could […]

  • Medical marijuana credited with saving lives in opioid crisis

    NEW YORK — In states where medical marijuana is legal, a 25 percent reduction in the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses has been noted and health department officials and doctors say it’s because of cannabis — this, as New York moves closer to making marijuana legal for recreational adult use. The benefits of medical marijuana long have been lauded for patients with conditions like seizures, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. And now, the scourge of addictive and deadly opiate […]

  • Authorities searching for missing swimmer off Long Beach

    LONG BEACH, Long Island —A desperate search is underway for a 31-year-old man off the waters of Long Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday. The missing man is around 170 pounds and was last seen wearing a beige swimsuit. Four friends took a late night swim in the dark waters, and only three made it back to the beach, police said. They called the Coast Guard in Jones Beach at 2 a.m. to report their 31-year-old friend was missing, authorities […]

  • Woman killed after fire rips through several buildings in Bayonne

    BAYONNE, N.J. — One woman is dead after a fire ripped through three buildings in New Jersey early Wednesday. At least 50 firefighters are on scene battling the blaze that erupted around 1:30 a.m. at a mixed-use building on 795 Broadway near W. 36th street in Bayonne. A woman was pronounced dead, officials on scene confirmed. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries, fire officials said. About 16 residents have been displaced by the fire, Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver said. Red […]

  • Protests grow over family separations at border

    ELIZABETH, N.J. — Protests are growing by the day as children are being separated from their parents if they cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and are caught, and families in the tri-state are are being separated if officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pick them up in a sweep. The Trump administration said it’s a deterrent and will stop illegal immigration, but opponents say it violates human rights. The Reformed Church of Highland Falls has been coming out every three weeks, […]

  • New Jersey set to begin taking legal sports bets

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — In 1978, the Democratic governor of New Jersey threw the first dice at an Atlantic City casino to kick off an era of legal gambling in the state. Forty years later, another Democratic governor will place the state’s first legal bet on a sporting event. Gov. Phil Murphy plans to place a pair of bets Thursday morning at Monmouth Park, a horse racing track near the Jersey shore in Oceanport. (He won’t reveal in advance who […]