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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
  • Food carts to receive letter grades like NYC restaurants

    NEW YORK  — Food carts and trucks will soon receive letter grades similar to the grades given to city restaurants, New York City health officials say. Food carts will be graded on food safety and will receive a corresponding alphabetical score of A, B or C — with “A” being the highest score. Officials say they will also attach a GPS tracking device to carts to keep track of them. All 5,500 food carts will have be granted letter grades […]

  • Paws of War celebrates veterans and their pets

    HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — The Paws Of War veterinary care van will be rolling into Hauppauge Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to service Veterans and First Responders service animals and pets for free. “We know how price can prohibit these valuable community members from caring for their animals. So four years ago we started multiple programs to help our Veterans and First Responders,” explains Robert Misseri, co-founder of the charity. They also assist these members in finding service animals to […]

  • Board of Elections blamed for polling site problems

    NEW YORK — The polls are closed and the results are in, but not with some frustration at several polling sites throughout New York City and New Jersey. Tuesday’s mid-term elections pushed voters to the polls, but problems at the polls plagued the Board of Elections. Many who were out in the polls complained of long lines, broken scanners and late poll-site openings. In New Jersey, many voters reported similar problems. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was just one of […]

  • Menendez, Hugin near the finish line as voters in NJ head to the polls

    TRENTON, N.J. — Will the deeply blue state of New Jersey re-elect Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez? Or will voters opt for a change and put a former pharmaceutical executive Republican Bob Hugin in the job? New Jersey has one million more registered Democrats than Republicans, but that’s no slam dunk for the scandal-plagued Menendez, whose federal corruption trial ended in a hung jury. As he left a federal courthouse after a verdict could not be reached, he emotionally addressed the […]

  • NYPD investigating string of hateful incidents against African-Americans and Jews

    LOWER MANHATTAN — Just one week after the murders of 11 Jewish congregants in Pittsburg, multiple hateful attacks in New York have the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit working to solve them quickly. The African Burial Ground monument in lower Manhattan was defaced with violent graffiti on Thursday, according to the NYPD. Police say it happened around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Someone used black marker to write “kill N*****s” on a plaque at the site where 419 Africans are buried. The monument […]

  • GOP senators secure $40 million funding boost for LIRR signal upgrades

    NEW YORK — The Long Island Rail Road is getting a $40 million infusion to accelerate work on much-needed signal upgrades. The funding, secured by Long Island Republican senators, will go towards the LIRR’s implementation of phase 2 of the Centralized Train Control and signal tower consolidation. This will assist in keeping trains on schedule and help speed up response times for emergencies. “LIRR riders are tired of cancelled trains and poor on-time performance that only gets reliably worse. This $40 […]

  • City Council passes Vision Zero legislation

    NYC launches ‘Dusk and Darkness’ safety campaign

    NEW YORK — As darkness falls across the city when daylight saving time ends, New York City officials announce the return of their “Dusk and Darkness” safety campaign. The NYPD and Department of Transportation will begin their third annual “Dusk and Darkness” campaign, which reminds drivers that crashes involving pedestrians dramatically increase after daylight saving time ends. As part of the Vision Zero initiative, the return of the campaign focuses on younger drivers. Data shows about 20 percent of fatal crashes […]

  • Pop-up newsstand in Bryant Park works to combat fake news

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A study by the Columbia Journalism Review found 75 percent of Americans were duped by a false story on the internet, and that unverified stories are 70 percent more likely to be shared or re-tweeted. On Tuesday, CJR  stocked a real NYC newsstand with all false stories printed in magazines and newspapers. The pop up newsstand is stocked with some of these real internet stories. They all happen to be false, but were shared thousands of times […]

  • Getting holiday ready with the world-famous Rockettes

    NEW YORK — The signature kick line of the world-famous Rockettes is known across the globe, and they’ve been hard at work in rehearsals to bring even more delights to this year’s crowd. Every move from their eyelashes to their toes meticulously choreographed and repeated with precision among all 80 members of the dance troop. Corey Whalen, who has danced for nine years, with the world-renowned women explained, “It’s such a payoff at the end of the day.  You perform on the […]

  • ‘The King, The Final Hours’: Diverse cast brings music of Elvis to stage

    NEW YORK — When it comes to Broadway, how well do they do diversity? Not so much says Actors Equity — They find women and people of color are underrepresented and underpaid compared to their Caucasian counterparts. But one off-Broadway production is bucking that trend. The show “The King The Final Hours” has a cast and production staff of minorities. They see it as a truly New York way to re-imagine the end of days for Elvis. They were one of […]