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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
  • ‘Let’s Talk About It’ sex hotline installation in Williamsburg inspires open conversations about touchy subjects

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — It’s a provocative billboard that’s all about a touchy subject — sex. “Let’s talk about it” is a one-of-a-kind national hotline and Williamsburg installation that includes a mural and two pop-up phone booths on North 10th Street between Berry and Wythe. It’s created by Lola, which calls itself a lifelong brand for a woman’s body that first began with tampons. So what are the hot topics on the hotline? “Topics we’ve been hearing are what happens when […]

  • ‘Your daddy will get killed’: Man pulls knife on train, threatens rider and child

    GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — A man on a Manhattan train pulled a knife on a rider and threatened the rider’s child, officials said. The 45-year-old victim confronted the knife-wielding man on board a northbound E-train when he spotted the man hitting his child on June 24, police said. He told the man to leave the child alone. “He’s my son and I can do that,” the man said after striking his toddler son. Enraged, the man pulled out a knife and […]

  • NYC security deposit reforms proposed to protect tenants

    EAST HARLEM, MANHATTAN — New York City’s comptroller called for caps on security deposits, saying that tenants in the city are spending too much, in a new report Sunday. Comptroller Scott Stringer found that New York renters sunk approximately $507 million into security deposits in 2016. “Right now, the landlords are collecting all this money and it’s doing nothing for the tenants,” Stringer told PIX11. Jeremiah Schlotman, chair of the Housing Committee for Community Board 11 in East Harlem, has […]

  • PATH trains on 33rd Street line to close for the summer weekends

    HERALD SQUARE, Manhattan — The anger, the frustration, the outrage from PATH commuters hearing the news that starting on Friday at 11:59 p.m. and running through Monday at 5 a.m., all New York City PATH stations on the 33rd St. line will be closed to allow a new signal system to be installed as part of the federally mandated positive train control or PTC program. “It’s a nightmare,” Asha Bell, a PATH commuter, told PIX11. Specifically, it’s the Christopher St., […]

  • ‘Broadway Barks’ Benefit matches shelter animals with families

    MANHATTAN — It was raining cats and dogs on Broadway Saturday. It’s the annual Broadway Barks fundraiser in Schubert Alley where the stars of Broadway mingle with stars of the dog and cat shelter world who are up for adoption. Broadway has clearly gone to the dogs and a few gorgeous cat as well. It’s the 20th annual Broadway Barks, matching New York shelter dogs and cats with families. Over 2000 animals have been placed in homes over the past […]

  • Hundreds gather to mourn NJ family of 5 killed in Delaware car crash

    TEANECK, New Jersey—This candlelight vigil was organized by Teaneck High School friends of Danna Trinidad, coming together in Votee Park to grieve collectively about the five Trinidad lives lost on a Delaware highway as a pickup truck crossed the median and slammed into them. Only the mother, 53-year-old Mary Rose survived. “It’s just so heartbreaking that she passed away. When I found out, I just couldn’t believe it at first,” said Amber Dow, friend of Danna Trinidad. There were prayers, […]

  • Aspiring musicians prep for Carnegie Hall performance

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — If you close your eyes, this orchestra sounds professional, even world class, but it’s actually made up of teenagers. They are considered America’s finest young musicians from across the country. The talented teens are members of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, ages 16 to 19 and its younger counterparts, National Youth Orchestra 2(NYO2), ages14 to 17. At this gathering, they’re playing Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony with 100 teenage musicians from New York. “In these national ensembles, […]

  • Curfew for unaccompanied minors in Newark goes into effect Friday

    NEWARK, N.J. — As of Friday evening, all teens under 18 to be within 100 yards of home by 11 p.m., and until 5:30 a.m., unless they are accompanied by an adult. Angelo Sanchez and his wife, Vanessa, are expecting their first child, a boy, in August, and Angelo, who grew up and still lives in Newark, is hoping this summer curfew will be enforced more than it was when he was a teenager. “Nothing good happen in the darkness,” Sanchez […]

  • Lead poisoning found in hundreds of NYCHA children prompts probe by city comptroller

    KINGSBRIDGE, The Bronx — Tiesha Jones is applauding City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s top to bottom investigation into the city’s failure to remove lead paint in city housing. This Bronx mother of eight won a $57 million award after a jury found NYCHA responsible for elevated levels of lead — nine times over the limit in her daughter’s blood. At the time, her daughter Dakota was four. Now age 12, the child has developmental delays and is in special ed. “Why […]

  • Off-duty Port Authority cop runs after, tackles stabber after being awoken by cries for help in Queens

    CORONA, Queens — An off-duty Port Authority police officer sprang into action Saturday and detained an alleged stabber after he was woken up by a woman’s cries for help, officials said. Officer Giovanni Urena, 34, was asleep in his Corona apartment Saturday afternoon after his shift at LaGuardia Airport when he heard a woman scream outside. “Help me! Help me!” she screamed in Spanish, according to a Port Authority Police Department spokesperson. Urena woke up, looked out his window and […]