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
  • Dancing in the streets after Lower East Side parties

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Some witnesses described it as an out of control Halloween party, with people blocking traffic, dancing in the streets, drinking and possibly doing drugs, jumping on and stomping on the hoods of yellow taxis and Ubers. That’s what early morning video shows at the corner of Ludlow and Stanton Streets on the Lower East Side. At one point, police were called to the scene and talked to some of those jumping on cars. Revelers said […]

  • 12 people displaced in Brooklyn apartment fire

    BEDSTUY, Brooklyn — The Red Cross was on the scene all evening getting information from the 12 people affected by a fast-moving fire in Bedford Stuyvesant. The fire broke out at 607 Halsey St. just after 6:30 PM on the second floor of this three-story home. So many firefighters rushed to put out the flames, it was brought under control in less than an hour. Neighbor Deion Bobb smelled smoke and tried his hardest to alert everyone else. “I looked […]

  • The Orchestra of the Bronx: ‘It touches my soul!’

    BEDFORD PARK, The Bronx — Who says classical music is a dying art form? No one who attended a free concert of The Orchestra of the Bronx. The Orchestra of the Bronx is the only professional one to call the Bronx its home and The level of musicianship is quite extraordinary. Ravel’s “Pavane pour une Infante Defunte” had both young and not so young audience members enthralled in Lovinger theater at Lehman college. Fifty professional musicians from across the city, […]

  • 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 […]

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