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 building evacuated as rain water floods apartments

    WEST NEW YORK, NJ — Residents were evacuated from their homes Sunday night as a storm roared through West New York. More than 2 feet of water collected on the roof of the apartment building at 6213 Hudson Avenue. The water, which could not drain properly, seeped into all 12 apartments, doing structural damage to each and everyone of them. “You know water goes where it can, so it seeped into the ceilings of each apartment and the fire department determined […]

  • New Yorkers go on pub crawl to raise awareness for cycling safety

    Nineteen cyclists have been fatally struck so far this year. The pub crawl features a drink called Vision Zero, which is the name of the push for zero pedestrian deaths. It’s a fun way to raise awareness for a serious cause. About 74 percent of the cyclist deaths this year have been in Brooklyn. The first fatality of the year was in Sunset Park. Four local bars are giving out free drinks in exchange for a $20 donation to bicycle […]

  • ‘I was an easy target’: man in wheelchair assaulted

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Police are looking for surveillance and eyewitnesses after a 62-year-old wheelchair-bound man was punched in the nose and thrown to the ground. “I looked like an easy target,” Michael Marinangeli told PIX11 News. Marinangeli uses an electric wheelchair to get around after three strokes and now he has a broken nose after an attack last Saturday night. Police say the Upper East Side resident was assaulted for no apparent reason on 86th Street and 2nd […]

  • ‘It’s not fiction, it’s a horror story’: LES residents living in tiny apartment halfway between floors

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — It was a 311 call that led city inspectors to this building at 165 Henry St. on the Lower East Side and their disturbing, even shocking, discovery. The NYC Buildings Department says the owner of one apartment created a new floor between the fourth and fifth floors to rent out nine micro apartments, tiny spaces with ceilings in the apartments between four-and-a-half and six feet from the floor. In one picture, you see an inspector […]

  • ‘It’s an honor. We are all so thrilled’ Elmora Troopers win game in Little League World Series

    UNION, N.J. — It’s been more than 20 years since a Little League team from New Jersey made it to the World Series and the cheers inside Suspenders for the Elmora Troopers were deafening. The sound of elation was constant through the night, but first heard when this team of 13 incredible 12-year-old superstars from Elizabeth scored their first run in the second inning. Practically everyone inside this packed pub has a deep connection to the team, including the pub’s […]

  • Fuel Our Kids: Food truck dishing out free meals in the Bronx

    MELROSE, the Bronx — When was the last time you heard a 10-year-old rave about a totally nutritious lunch? “The best part was the chicken with the carrots and the corn bread and the watermelon,” Madysen Brown told PIX11 News. “It was awesome and amazing and excellent.” The Melrose 10-year-old clearly loved everything on her plate in a free meal pilot program from the Feed Your Mind food truck. It’s been parked outside the Melrose Playground on Cortlandt Avenue for […]

  • Rave Theater Festival raises curtain for the first time

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — It’s opening night of the first ever Rave Theater Festival. 17 days of works in development, and all these actors, playwrights, directors and composers have Broadway dreams. At the New York premiere of Big Shot, an Irish musical that takes place in Manhattan about a love triangle involving a gangster, a lawyer and Irish artist. And this Dublin born actress plays a feisty waitress with a New Yawk accent. “I’m playing a New Yorker so […]

  • Hero MTA workers save woman from oncoming train

    DITMARS PARK, Brooklyn —Police and the MTA are looking for the public’s help in finding a woman who jumped onto the subway tracks, but was saved by two hero MTA subway worker. One of them, Tony Mannino, told PIX11, he doesn’t feel like a hero. “All in a day’s work,” he said. But to many New Yorkers, 54-year-old Tony Mannino is a hero. The 22-year-veteran MTA signal operator was working at the Newkirk Plaza station at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning […]

  • Queens neighborhood wants Billie Holiday statue

    ADDISLEIGH PARK, Queens — Billie Holiday may have been born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore, but the legendary jazz singer spent many important years in her too-short life in Queens, first singing in clubs in Jamaica in the 1930s and eventually living in a house on Linden Boulevard in Addisleigh Park in the 1940s. That’s why members of the Queens Community Board 12 and the Addisleigh Park Civic Organization would like her statue to be in this historic district, whose […]

  • Crime scene

    Woman believed to be N.J. au pair and her employer both found dead in double homicide in Maplewood

    MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a double homicide and neighbors believe they know who police will be questioning. Neighbors are trying to figure out what happened in the early morning hours inside and outside the beautiful home on the corner of Walton Road and Jefferson Avenue in Maplewood. Neighbors say a person out jogging found a young woman lying by the side of the road at about 6 a.m. and called 911. When officers arrived, […]

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