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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
  • TriBeCa family helps homeless man return home to India

    TRIBECA, Manhattan — How many times have you passed by a homeless person on the street and wondered what you could do to help? There’s one TriBeCa family who really changed the life of one homeless person. For close to two years, 54-year-old Stanley had been homeless, living on the street, most recently in a cardboard box on the steps of a vacant storefront near Broadway and Leonard Street, around the corner from where Michael Sloan and his wife, Kate, […]

  • NJ vice principal killed by cars drag racing

    PISCATAWAY, N.J.  — Authorities are seeking information regarding people involved in a New Jersey drag race that led to the death of a pedestrian over the weekend. Middlesex County prosecutors and Piscataway police say 49-year-old Tyrone Harrison was struck shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Piscataway. The New Brunswick High School vice principal was walking to a relative’s house from the Edison train station. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “He was a nice, caring man who worked behind […]

  • Crowds sing along at Elsie Fest in Central Park

    MANHATTAN —Hundreds gathered in Central Park to sing along with their favorite performers on Sunday evening. They came out for Elsie Fest:  New York City’s first music festival featuring stars and songs of the stage and screen. The event is the brainchild of actor, singer, songwriter Darren Criss. “Ordinarily if you’re going to hear these kinds of songs from these kinds of performers, they’re in venues more buttoned up, with a velvet seat and a roof over your head,” Criss told […]

  • Boy, 5, dropped of at wrong bus stop in Staten Island

    ARDEN HEIGHTS, Staten Island — It was a happy reunion between 5-year-old Alexander Tsoukas and his mom at the bus stop after a day at kindergarten. Just three weeks, a Pioneer school bus driver accidentally dropped the five-year-old off at the wrong bus stop nine blocks away even though his backpack clearly had the correct drop off location written on the tag. “I went up to the driver and he said my son wasn’t there,” Catherine Litos, the mother, told […]

  • Thousands participate in Tunnel to Towers run

    LOWER MANHATTAN — It was a beautiful day for a beautiful event. More than 30,000 people participated in the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers run this year. The spirit is still so strong 17 years after the original tunnel to Towers run. “On 9-11, we lost a lot of firefighters and police,” Ephraim Santiago, a member of Air Force Unit 514 and the NYPD told PIX11. “If we don’t do this, the memory disappears. We love our country and taking […]

  • Sexual assault hotline reports call increase after Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

    LOWER MANHATTAN — National and local sexual assault hotlines have been buzzing with activity, overwhelmed with a response to the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday. “Listen to the women, believe the women” supporters sang and chanted on the Lower Eastside. Even before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full senate, more than 50 people demonstrated in front of the offices of Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand […]

  • NYC homeless woman turns to performance art

    UPPER WEST SIDE — It’s a new form of comedy called “motivational comedy” for audiences who want to be transformed. At Standup New York Comedy Club, this #Shift Your Self performance featured a formerly homeless woman Rebecca Scott, also known as Holly Hood, as the opening act. Rebecca Scott had been homeless off and on for seven years, battling addiction and depression, serving time in prison and playing cello in the Astor Place subway station, often sleeping on a bench. But through a […]

  • Paul Simon wraps up farewell tour in Queens

    FLUSHING MEADOWS, Queens — Paul Simon, 76, swears this is his last concert. Simon held his final concert for his ‘Homeward Bound’ tour in the borough where he grew up. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was quick to talk about Simon’s Queens roots from the stage. Thousands packed Flushing Meadows Park and hundreds more diehard fans listened from a hill outside the ticketed area. Simon played his timeless hits and a few new ones as well and fans expect he […]

  • Dog and car lovers come together for ‘Canine Companion’ fundraiser

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — What do all these classic vintage cars and these yellow labradors have in common? The drivers and the trainers have come together for the ‘Englewood Field and Auto Club’ with all proceeds going to ‘Canine Companions for Independence’ organization. Caryl Swain has been voluntarily training yellow lab puppies for the last 10 years. Now she’s working with an eight-month-old puppy named after her to help those in wheelchairs get around. “I did this because to volunteer and […]

  • Tenant claims landlord is retaliating against a woman who called PIX11 for help

    WAKEFIELD, the Bronx —  Three weeks ago, Maritza Ortiz called PIX11 for help because city had placed her family in a hot, ground-floor apartment on East 225th Street with only one window and a locked gate. Her asthmatic son was having trouble breathing and she wanted a better home after living in a city shelter for two years. Now Ortiz says the landlord wants the family out. “Because I exposes him about what this is, it is not an apartment, it is for […]