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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
  • NJ residents recovering after torrential rains triggered widespread flooding

    LITTLE FALLS, NJ — The Mieses Ferrari family gathered in what used to be their spacious backyard on Cedar Grove Road Little Falls, still in disbelief that the torrential rains that caused the Peckman River to swell also swallowed up 25 percent of their property out back, including a swing set, a large tree and a wooden shed. “We lost 15 feet of our backyard,” Sergio Ferrari, floodwater victim, told PIX11. In nearby Cedar Grive, the owner of Nick Matthews […]

  • ‘The Bronx could be a hub for the arts’

    HUNTS POINT, the Bronx – You’ve heard of the TriBeCa Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, but how about the Concourse Film Festival? One of the first ever film festivals in the Bronx showcases both the music and film making talents of people who live and work in the borough — from Chayi of Chiboogie music to Jovonne, a 16-year-old, 11th grader who writes her own songs. “She is so talented, trying to find her own voice,” Joe Hill, […]

  • Torrential rain cause major flight delays

    JAMAICA, Queens–The Bishko family of Manhattan are living proof that the torrential rains we received throughout the day wreaked havoc at area airports. They were taking what they thought would be a simple morning flight from Salt Lake City to JFK, but no. “We flew to Kennedy, then they sent us back to Detroit to wait until we could land at JFK,” Marie Bishko, a delayed traveler, told PIX11. “We had nine hours of delays,” she added. Throughout the day, […]

  • Driver arrested on DWI charges in crash that killed Australian cyclist near Central Park

    NEW YORK — A garbage truck driver has been arrested on drunken driving charges after a bike rider visiting New York City from Australia was fatally struck by his truck. Police say 23-year-old Madison Jane Lyden swerved to avoid a livery cab blocking a bike lane near Central Park on Friday. They say a commercial sanitation truck hit Lyden when she veered out of the bike lane. Lyden was pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver of the truck, 44-year-old […]

  • Australia tourist, 23, fatally struck by garbage truck while riding bike near Central Park

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — A bicyclist was fatally struck by a private garbage truck near Central Park Friday when she swerved to avoid hitting a livery cab that suddenly pulled out into the bike lane. Officials responded to 70 Central Park West around 4:42 p.m. to find 23-year-old Madison Jane Lyden, of Australia, with severe trauma to her body. Lyden was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. An investigation revealed that Lyden was riding a bike […]

  • Williamsburg rents plummet as L train shutdown nears

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Get set for the pre-shutdown shutdown of the L train, which starts this weekend and continues for the next 15 weekends. In April, a 15-month shutdown of the L train will start. But for people who rent in Williamsburg, there is a silver lining: rents are going down. “That’s awesome,” Aaron Cansler, a Williamsburg renter, told PIX11. “Is there any other response to it other than great?” Williamsburg renters were thrilled to hear that a new report from StreetEasy […]

  • 44th Annual Harlem Week Festival starts

    HARLEM, Manhattan — It’s time for the 44th Annual Harlem Week Festival which actually began as something called “A Great Day in Harlem” in the 70s and has now grown into so much more. More than 40,000 people attended the kickoff of the more than four decades old Harlem festival event in U.S. Grant Memorial Park at 122nd street and Riverside Drive. There were jewelry, clothing, and food vendors, but it really was all about the music and those in attendance couldn’t stay seated. […]

  • Harlem pays tribute to beloved jazz pianist Dr. Billy Taylor

    HARLEM, Manhattan — Dr. Billy Taylor was often called the world’s foremost spokesman for jazz. Many gathered to hear the Marcus Miller quartet play some of his most famous songs, including “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free.” It achieved great popularity during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and it was written at the Riverton Square apartment complex at 138th Street and Fifth Avenue, where there’s a corner named after Taylor. During the week of […]

  • Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington resigns after altar boy sex abuse allegation

    WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a force in American politics, after a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a teenage altar boy forced the Vatican to remove him from public ministry. The Vatican said Saturday that Pope Francis accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals on Friday evening and ordered him to “a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against […]

  • After storm drenches tri-state area, thousands in NJ, NY without power

    NEW YORK — Thousands of residents are without power throughout the tri-state area after heavy rain drenched parts of New York, New Jersey and Long Island. The rain passed through the tri-state area, with the heaviest rain falling overnight, sparking multiple power outages, New Jersey being the most affected. In New Jersey, over 6,000 JCP&L customers are without power as and nearly 900 PSE&G New Jersey customers are without power as of Sunday afternoon. On Long Island, about 376 PSE&G customers are […]