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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
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    NEW YORK — From higher rates of obesity to heart disease, sugar can cause a slew of problems, and now New York City is looking to be the first in the nation to combat the issue by offering consumers information directly on restaurant menus. NYC first took aim at trans fats, banned for 12 years now. Then calorie counts came to menus, and today, salty foods get a warning label in all five boroughs. Sugar seems to be next. On […]

  • City Council expected to approve GPS tracking for school buses

    NEW YORK — Parents are getting results after nearly two decades of complaining about bad school buses. City officials are expected to address the school bus problems and introduce a legislation that will allow parents keep track of kids going to and from school through GPS tracking. The tracking system will address no-show buses or missing students, to significant school bus delays and concerns about school bus drivers.

  • Teen program on Long Island aims to prevent drunk driving

    Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that’s one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. A teen prevention program on Long Island, known as Choices and Consequences, is using convicted offenders to turn the tide. The effort is to reach the youngest drivers to prevent even one more death. “My […]

  • 3 hurt, 1 critically, after car crashes into furniture store in Queens, officials say

    SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, Queens — Three people were hurt after a car crashed into a building in Queens early Thursday. It happened at about 2:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Liberty Avenue and 122nd Street in South Richmond Hill. According to police, a 25-year-old woman was driving north on 122nd Street and Liberty Avenue when she jumped the curb and crashed into the Salco Furniture store. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two passengers, a 22-year-old woman and […]

  • Traffic deaths in NYC fall to historic low, as number of pedestrian deaths rise

    NEW YORK — New York City saw a drop in the number of traffic deaths for a fifth straight year, setting a new low. Traffic deaths fell down to 200 from 221, already the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1910. The number is down more than 30 percent from 2013, the year before Mayor Bill de Blasio took office and instituted a traffic-safety campaign called “Vision Zero.” Safety measures under the Vision Zero program include citywide speed reduction, more […]

  • Confirmed cases of flu rising across NY state

    ALBANY, N.Y.  — The Cuomo administration says the number of confirmed cases of influenza is rising across New York state, with more than 5,400 people coming down with the illness so far this season. The state Department of Health says as of Thursday new cases of flu have been reported in 58 counties, including the five boroughs of New York City. Only Wyoming, Yates, Seneca and Hamilton counties are not reporting any cases yet. Officials say the number of people […]

  • Times Square fare evaders costing city $4,000 a day alone

    MANHATTAN, N.Y. — The MTA says 4 percent of subway riders each and every day choose not the pay their way. Is it lack of enforcement?  Fewer station agents? Protesting riders peeved over poor service? It’s not known what drives people to jump the turnstile, but it is costing New Yorkers in a big way — and no place is it happening more than in Times Square, where people skip out on paying once a minute, the New York Times […]

  • Driving high: NYPD’s top cop concerned about road safety if marijuana is legalized

    NEW YORK — Legal marijuana is likely to come to New York, with both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio embracing it and working to create laws to ensure access, financial equity and safety. But New York’s police commissioner is concerned. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil is focused on the problem of driving and smoking, and keeping all New Yorkers safe. He shared those concerns with John Catsimatidis on the talk show host’s recent podcast. The commissioner said, “So as we […]

  • Mayor de Blasio announces support for marijuana legalization

    NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his support for the safe and fair legalization of marijuana in New York. He also released his Task Force report on Cannabis Legalization, calling for a strong, public health-focused regulatory framework and the empowerment of local government to prevent corporate greed and foster small businesses, while meeting the demands of New York City communities. With the legalization of marijuana, de Blasio hopes for a “clean slate and a fair future,” for […]

  • Mayor de Blasio to submit new NYCHA plan to federal judge

    NEW YORK — Should New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYCHA be given another chance to clean up their act? A federal judge has demanded the mayor to share a new plan to explain how he’ll create safe and affordable housing or face the possibility the housing authority will go into receivership. A letter is due by the end of day Friday. Public housing could radically change for 400,000 New Yorkers if the federal government takes over NYCHA. […]