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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
  • Emergency services prepare for extreme heat in NJ

    With a heat warning in effect across the state of New Jersey, it’s important to know how to beat the heat and stay safe in these oven-like temperatures. Gov. Phil Murphy encourages residents to stay hydrated, learn the signs of heat exhaustion and stroke, cut back on any strenuous outdoor activities and stay in air-conditioning. Using a fan to cool down can actually be detrimental to your health, so it is recommenced to stay at least two hours a day […]

  • House votes to condemn Trump’s ‘racist’ tweets against Democratic congresswomen of color

    WASHINGTON — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump’s Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn’t “a racist bone in my body.” Two days after Trump tweeted that four Democratic freshmen should “go back” to their home countries — though all are citizens and three were born in the U.S.A. — Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over near-solid GOP […]

  • Citi Bike plans further expansion into outer boroughs, upper Manhattan

    After a recent study found Citi Bike has been serving the richer, whiter neighborhoods of New York City, the company has announced a large expansion further into outer boroughs and parts of upper Manhattan. The ride-share company is rolling out a $100 million expansion that brings the full 40,000 fleet of Citi Bikes to all four boroughs by the end of 2023, according to reports. New Citi Bike docking stations will expand from the original zone of Manhattan and along […]

  • Protestors demand Amazon cut ties with ICE

    As Amazon’s Web Services holds its annual summit at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, immigrant rights groups, tech workers and Amazon employees took on the streets to demand the corporation ends ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The rally against Amazon is one of several coordinated actions taking place across the tri-state area, ahead of their “Prime Day” event on July 15, to hold the corporation accountable for profiting off the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda. Protestors argue Amazon is […]

  • US Women’s World Cup champs arrive home as city gears up for ticker-tape parade

    Megan Rapinoe stepped off the plane with champagne in hand Monday — a fizzy souvenir from a most memorable trip overseas. “Thank you, France, for the hospitality,” the U.S. soccer star said. “But wow, we are very excited to be back in America.” The U.S. women’s national team arrived in New York on Monday, a day after beating the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women’s World Cup title. Players and staff touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport […]

  • 13-year-old shot in chest in Bronx school playground: police

    CROTONA, the Bronx— A 13-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was shot in the chest inside of a school playground, police said Tuesday morning. The shooting happened around 10:20 p.m. Monday in the schoolyard of the School of Science and Applied Learning located at 2050 Prospect Ave. The teen, who suffered one gunshot wound to his chest,  was discovered one block away from where the shooting occurred at 2052 Mapes Ave., according to police. He was transported to the hospital […]

  • NYC pride parade is one of largest in movement’s history

    Exuberant crowds carrying rainbow colors filled New York City streets Sunday for one of the largest pride parades in the history of the gay-rights movement, a dazzling celebration of the 50th anniversary of the infamous police raid on the Stonewall Inn. Marchers and onlookers took over much of midtown Manhattan with a procession that lasted hours and paid tribute to the uprising that began at the tavern when patrons resisted officers on June 28, 1969. The parade in New York […]

  • NYPD prepares for this weekend’s Pride events

    The NYPD has been working for months to create security plans for this weekend’s Pride events. Sunday’s Pride March, in particular, will need more security than other events considering its size and the anticipated turn-out of millions of attendees. It will be much larger than past parades, with more floats and marchers than ever, a longer route as well as a massive after party in Times Square. PIX11’s Kirstin Cole explains how exactly the NYPD plans to keep everyone safe […]

  • 12th cyclist killed in NYC streets; advocates call for bicyclist safety

    CHELSEA — Safety for bicyclists are back in the spotlight after a 20-year-old woman was struck and killed on the job. Robyn Hightman died after she was struck by a delivery truck while biking on Sixth Avenue near 23rd and 24th streets in Chelsea Monday morning. The driver of the truck, witnesses say, appeared to take off. He returned a short time later after he was flagged down by another driver. The driver apparently did not realize he had struck […]

  • Boil-water order lifted in Long Beach amid school closures due to suspected E. coli infection

    LONG BEACH, NY — A boil-water order has been lifted in Long Beach after multiple area schools were closed Monday when a student was diagnosed with a suspected E. coli infection, officials say. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran tweeted Monday around 11 a.m. saying the Long Beach boil-water order had been lifted, “effective immediately.” UPDATE: Nassau County has lifted the boil-water order for the City of Long Beach effective immediately. Thank you to our Health and Emergency Management teams for […]

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