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Magee Hickey is known for her bright red hair, her warmth and her bubbly personality. This Emmy Award-winning reporter has covered most of the big stories in the tri-state area in the past 25 years.

Magee is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Magee recently returned to the borough of her birth, and is its biggest cheerleader. She attended The Convent of the Sacred Heart and The Chapin School. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and that’s where she began her television news career. At WLNE-TV, Magee made a name for herself by going undercover as a hooker to rid a nice residential neighborhood of prostitution.

Then the bright lights of New York City lured her back home where she got to live her dream of reporting on all the crime, grime and politics of Gotham. Magee first worked at WNEW and WABC. At WNBC, she was the first anchor of the highly successful Weekend Today in New York program.

Magee spent years on the pre-dawn patrol at WCBS, getting up to 2 a.m. to cover the news of the day. That schedule also allowed her time to raise her two daughters and to care for her aging and ailing parents.

As passionate as Magee is about her television news career, she is equally devoted to community service and giving back to the city she loves.

In recent years, she has organized cabaret fundraisers involving many PIX reporters and anchors singing and dancing to raise money for the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development, a school founded by her late father for special needs children in the Bronx.

Several years ago, Magee faced her fear of singing in public by taking a cabaret singing class at the 92nd Street Y. Magee is also an accomplished classical flutist and is organizing a troupe of newscasters and other performers to visit schools, nursing homes and hospitals in the tri-state area.

Recent Articles
  • Starbucks opens first cocktail bar and Reserve Roastery in NYC

    CHELSEA, Manhattan — It’s 13 times larger than the average Starbucks and serves alcohol-infused coffee cocktails, but does New York City really need another Starbucks? “It’s just kind of a grand experience,” Jen Nelson, of Prospect Park, told PIX11. “It’s the Willy Wonka of Coffee shops.” The last thing Starbucks needs is another commercial saying how great it is. There are already 28,000 Starbucks in 77 countries, and the company’s retired CEO Howard Schultz, who grew up in Canarsie’s Bayview Houses, […]

  • NYPD holds safety meeting with bodega owners

    THE BRONX — Close to 75 bodega owners and workers signed up to attend the first ever NYPD safety summit for bodegas. It’s an effort to prevent gang attacks like the one that took the life of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz. Junior sought refuge inside a bodega when he was being chased by gang members in an apparent case of mistaken identity. But he was dragged out of the bodega, with few inside trying to help him, and he was stabbed […]

  • Alvin Ailey celebrates 60 years of dance at City Center

    MANHATTAN — When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American modern dancers first took the stage at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, it was groundbreaking and revolutionary. Revelations captured the agony and triumphs of the African American experiences. Now, six decades later, his multi-cultural dance company is still charting a new course in its 60th season at City Center. “We want the audience to see a reflection of themselves when they see us,” artistic director Robert Battle said. “We […]

  • ‘It is never too late’: NJ man who spent decades painting on his lunch break now selling his paintings for thousands

    CHELSEA, Manhattan — Sometimes dreams really do come true and 57-year-old Mike Saviello from Bayonne knows it. He’s always dreamed of being a painter. but, somehow, life always seemed to get in the way. “When you get married, you got to buy a house, pay bills,” Mike Saviello, the painter, told PIX11 News. “You’re not going to be paying your bills as an artist starting out.” Now, after more than 40 years of working as manager at Astor Place Hair Stylists […]

  • Students audition for performing arts school in the Bronx

    TREMONT, the Bronx — These students have a dream. It’s audition day and they are hoping to go to a performing arts school in the Bronx with a very good record. Sanjeev Girjanand, 13, has never had a piano lesson and can’t read music, but at his audition for the Theater Arts Production Company School, known as TAPCO, he impressed his teachers by performing pieces he heard on YouTube. “I get joy from playing music,” Sanjeev Girjanand, an auditioning student, […]

  • Bach pop-up opens in midtown for the holidays

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — In the mad hustle and bustle of the holidays, a respite courtesy of Johann Sebastian Bach: It’s a holiday pop-up store that really isn’t selling anything. On 56th Street and Broadway, in the shadow of Carnegie Hall, featuring all things Bach, played masterfully by Juilliard trained pianist Evan Shinners, 30 days in a row at least five hours a day. “I want people to know that you can continually find something so beautiful such as Bach, you […]

  • Subway riders take a ‘trip to the past’ on vintage train

    HARLEM, Manhattan —All aboard: the first MTA Vintage holiday subway train rumbled through Manhattan Sunday. “It’s fun,” Mary Ann Lee, a recurrent vintage MTA holiday train rider, told PIX11. “It gives you a sense of the past.” It was a packed subway platform as everyone was waiting for a trip back in time as a 1932 r-1 train was about to roll into the 125th Street station. Howie Weber brought his 7-year-old grandson, Max, for this blast from the past. […]

  • New documentary follows one man’s walking journey through every block of NYC

    GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — The documentary is called “The World Before Your Feet,” and is about someone who set out to walk every block of New York City. Sound boring? Not at all, according to audience members. “I’d done a lot of walking around New York City,” Matt Green, the man at the center of the documentary, told PIX11 News. “It coalesced as an idea.” Meet Matt Green, an urban nomad who vowed to walk every single block of New […]

  • Singer who lost leg in car crash inspires others through songs

    MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — It’s been more than 16 years since Theresa Sareo lost her right leg when an impaired driver crashed into her as she was walking on Park Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan. Sareo was in a coma for five days. Doctors were able to save her life, but not her leg. After grief and depression, Sareo eventually found her strength. “Someone at the hospital whispered to me, ‘you’ll do more on one leg than most people do […]

  • Anti-Amazon protests mark Black Friday in NYC

    MANHATTAN — Amazon protesters gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to rehearse their anti-Amazon holiday songs on Black Friday. A particular protest favorite, they said, was to the tune of the dreidel song, criticizing Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon. It begins with the words: “Bezos Bezos Bezos, your heart is made of clay. But app the politicians line up to be your bar.” These Amazon demonstrators had a three-pronged message: to publicly oppose the Amazon […]