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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
  • NYC school bus drivers to face tougher background checks following complaints

    NEW YORK — NYC school bus drivers will face more thorough background checks, Department of Education officials said Thursday after it was revealed tens of thousands of complaints have been made since the start of the school year. Some 82,000 complaints have been made since the start of the school year, according to education department data. After the complaints were revealed, the department said it will change the way drivers are vetted. “We’re overhauling our bus driver vetting and investigative […]

  • Legalizing marijuana in NJ: Officials say it’s in the details

    NEW JERSEY — The Garden State is on the brink of embracing a new type of cash crop — legal weed. Legalizing marijuana has been embraced by the state’s top lawmakers, including Gov. Phil Murphy, who said he is “all in” on permitting adults to use the substance. Before it can be legalized, however, sticking points need to be hashed out, including whether to tax marijuana at 25 percent immediately or work up to that amount over a period of […]

  • 2nd span of Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge to open Saturday

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to open the second span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The Westchester-bound span will officially open to traffic Saturday morning. Cuomo will hold an opening ceremony Friday. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be among the guests of honor present for the official opening of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The opening will cause another traffic shift, as four lanes of Westchester-bound traffic will be moved from one bridge […]

  • Back to school: 1.1 million NYC students return to class

    NEW YORK — Over 1 million New York City students headed back to class Wednesday morning and even though it’s the first day of school for students, educators and city leaders have been working all summer on some of the biggest issues shaping their days in the classroom, including safety. Chancellor Richard Carranza told PIX11 that parents are driving this conversation. “We don’t want our schools to look like prison. Parents want to be sure that there are safety plans […]

  • Schools and guns: should armed officers or teachers be on campus?

    NEW YORK — Students around the country are heading back to class this week, bringing with it the usual excitement and anxiety but also fears and concerns over school safety. In the past decade, dozens have been killed in school shootings, including 17 victims in a shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. President Donald Trump has floated the idea of arming teachers to prevent such attacks — a move critics condemn as the president simply doing the […]

  • Newark schools open under local control for first time in 30 years

    NEWARK, N.J. — Tuesday marked a first day of school that Newark public schools hasn’t seen in three decades, and school and community leaders are doing the equivalent of a victory lap. Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka will return to the schools they attended as children growing up in Newark to welcome kids back to class. For three decades, public schools in the city have been under state control. At their lowest point, about […]

  • Millions expected to travel during Labor Day weekend

    NEW JERSEY — Labor Day is a time many of us like to get away and soak up the sun, marking the unofficial end to the summer. Last Labor Day weekend, drivers logged 75 million miles and burned through about 3.5 million gallons of gas. Port Authority is expected to accommodate more than seven million travelers through its transportation facilities by air, car and rail in the tri-state area. Port Authority forecasts over 2.2 million passengers will travel using Port […]

  • MS-13 gang member charged in death of teen found in shallow LI grave: police

    LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — A known MS-13 gang member has been charged in killing of a teenager whose body was found in a shallow grave on Long Island a year after he was slain, police said late Wednesday. Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21, faces a second-degree murder charge and is set to see a judge Thursday, according to Nassau County police. The Uniondale man and known MS-13 gang member is accused of killing a teenager whose body was found Wednesday in a […]

  • Another Hoboken water main breaks as mayor puts blame on water company

    HOBOKEN, N.J. — Hoboken residents are calling their city “Hobroken” as they continue to deal with another water main break as a water main flooded the PATH station terminal early Wednesday just hours after a water main broke Tuesday evening around the corner. The break, that occurred overnight Wednesday, adds to the increasing list of water main breaks in the city within the past few months. PATH service has not been impacted for the Wednesday morning commute, but crews continue to remove […]

  • New yellow taxi app offers upfront, surge-free pricing for riders

    NEW YORK — Could the yellow cab be saved by copying the companies that are taking their business? A new ride-hailing app will now give yellow taxis the opportunity to have their own Uber-like app. Riders have been trading in the traditional yellow cab street hail for the ease and upfront pricing of an app. The Taxi and Limousine Commission has been working to drive its cabbies into the technology age. Waave will provide riders with surge-free pricing, an estimated […]