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
  • Peoples’ Symphony Concerts provides ‘the best music for affordable prices’

    UNION SQUARE, Manhattan — World class musicians performing for half the price of a movie ticket. Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts — they’ve only been around for 120 years. It was an almost a sold out crowd at Washington Irving High School for their season opener. The Juilliard String Quartet played Mozart‘s “The Hunt” quartet, with the average price of a subscription ticket to this concert just $8.33. The Peoples’ Symphony Concerts was founded in 1900 […]

  • Body found wrapped in blanket in the Bronx: police

    UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, the Bronx — Police are investigating after a body was found wrapped up in a blanket in the Bronx Friday night. According to police, a passerby discovered the body in the vicinity of West 183rd Street and Sedgewick Avenue just before 11:30 p.m. and called authorities. Officers arrived to find the body wrapped in a blanket that was sealed with duct tape, police said. Police sources told PIX11 News the body was believed to be that of a […]

  • Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir successfully complete first all-female spacewalk

    NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducted the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. The spacewalk officially began at 7:38 a.m. ET and lasted for seven hours and 17 minutes, ending at 2:55 p.m. ET. The spacewalk went well, according to both astronauts, and they were even able to accomplish some get-ahead tasks on the station. This was the fourth spacewalk for Koch and the first for Meir. Based on their position on the platform, the […]

  • The Tenement Museum explores the black history of the Lower East Side

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — When people think of the black history of New York City, many think of the Harlem Renaissance Of the 1920s But black history starts three centuries earlier in Lower Manhattan. “People don’t see black stories of being worthy of being told,” Amanda Mitchell, an African American writer, told PIX11 News. The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side is trying to change all that. In a panel discussion, historian Lauren O’Brien talked About how a […]

  • Police probe for motive in killings at illegal gambling spot in Brooklyn

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The four people killed when gunfire erupted at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn were all local men, police said Sunday as they continue to investigate the circumstances of their deaths. The NYPD identified the dead as Terence Bishop, 36; Dominick Wimbush, 47; Chester Goode, 37; and John Thomas, 32. Three other people were wounded but expected to survive. Police said just over a dozen people had been gambling with dice and cards at the small […]

  • 4 dead, several hurt in shooting at illegal gambling site in Brooklyn: authorities

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Four people were killed and several others were injured when shots were fired at an illegal gambling site at a Brooklyn club Saturday morning, police said. Authorities responded to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of the Triple A Aces private and social rental space on Utica Avenue near Michael Griffith Street in Crown Heights around 7 a.m., FDNY officials said.  Four men were found dead at the scene, authorities said. Three others were […]

  • All-inclusive Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade celebrates community and diversity

    BENSONHURST, Brooklyn — A sea of red, white and green could be seen along 18th Avenue in Brooklyn on Saturday as the borough held its annual Columbus Day Parade, just two days ahead of the federal holiday. The holiday might honor the 15th century explorer but the celebration and parade honor everything Italian-Americans have contributed to the U.S. over the years. The parade, organized annually by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Brooklyn, is now in its 38th year. “It’s […]

  • Hurricane Dorian’s four-legged survivors arrive in search of forever homes

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. — These lovable pooches have been through a lot in the last month and a half. Hooch, Bear, Manu and Rambo were all found in the rubble of Abaco Island and Marsh Harbor. They survived Hurricane Dorian completely on their own in all the elements and are clearly resilient. “He was found just wandering around. Don’t know what happened to his owner,” Nora Sagendorf, a Mr. Bones and Co. volunteer, told PIX11 News. “Mr. Bones is trying to […]

  • Tad’s steakhouse, a classic Times Square restaurant, closing after 60 years

    TIMES SQUARE — Tad’s steakhouse has been in the Times Square area for close to 60 years and where else can you get a $9.09 lunch special of sirloin steak, a baked potato, garden salad and garlic bread? “I think it’s an old New York institution. It’s cheap and it’s good,” Arlene A, a loyal Tad’s customer, told PIX11 News. “With the fake old Tiffany lamps, real New York decor.” There are red trays and 20 different menu choices, along […]

  • Oktoberfest comes to the Lower East Side

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — It’s the first weekend in October and that means it’s time for the Lower East Side version of Oktoberfest, complete with beer-filled pumpkins. The Oktoberfest Das Boot party was in full swing Sunday at the Loreley on Rivington Street. There’s a roasted pig, pumpkin flavored beer flowing out of pumpkin kegs and servers in Lederhosen and dirndl skirts. It’s hard to know if you are in Munich or on the lower east side of Manhattan. […]

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