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
  • Dozens displaced after flames engulf Long Island apartment complex

    MELVILLE, L.I. — A wind-driven fire raced through a Long Island luxury apartment complex in Melville on Saturday, leaving dozens displaced, officials said. Authorities said the fire broke out at Avalon Court just after 6 p.m. and required assistance from at least 17 different fire departments. Even with help from 100 firefighters, the gusty winds made putting out the fire even tougher. As fire officials search for the cause of the fire, the Red Cross is on the scene Saturday […]

  • Yonkers man charged with assault after kicking woman, 78, in the face on Bronx subway: police

    BRONX — A Yonkers man has been identified and charged with assault after he was seen in cellphone video kicking a 78-year-old woman in the face on a subway in the Bronx, police said Saturday. Police said Saturday that 36-year-old Marc Gomez is expected to be charged with second degree assault, third degree assault and harassment, in connection with the subway attack. Police noted the victim’s age played a role in the degree of the charges. Gomez was apprehended Saturday […]

  • Sheep found tied to a tree in the rain in Coney Island

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — His name is now “Officer Cal,” in honor of officer Danny Calamine of the 60th precinct who brought the damp and mangy sheep to Animal Care Centers of New York City. A homeowner on Bayview Avenue called 911 after spotting the mature male sheep tied to a tree in the rain in a wooded area of Coney Island Creek Park just after 9 p.m., covered in dirt and heavily matted wool. Police have no idea how […]

  • Residents unhappy they have to use app to get into Manhattan building; sue their landlord

    HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan — A group of frustrated residents are suing the landlord of their Hell’s Kitchen apartment building because they don’t want to use an app to get into their building; they just want keys. Tenants need to use Latch on their smartphones to get into the West 45th Street building. Artist Marybeth McKenzie, 72, has lived in the building for nearly five decades. “We just want a key,” she said. “We’ve always had a key.” Her 93-year-old husband […]

  • Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

    GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — It’s been a weekend for wearing green and getting your Irish on. At The Wren on the Bowery, if you didn’t know you were in New York City , you’d think you’d just walked into a pub in Dublin. Seven musicians, led by Irish fiddler Caitlin Warbelow, played tunes including Toss the Feathers, Father Kelly and Farell O’Gara. There was also a button box and the bodhgan, an Irish drum. In between sets, Warbelow, who grew […]

  • Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman may initially have a rough road in Hollywood after cheating scheme

    Former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on “Full House” have court appearances later this month on charges they participated in the college admissions cheating scam, but in the court of public opinion they are already suffering big time. Loughlin, who faces felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, is already feeling the adverse business effects of her alleged involvement in the scam. The Hallmark […]

  • A focus on immigration at New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Besides the bagpipers, shamrocks, hats in the shape of beer mugs and leprechauns, New York’s 258th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade had a more serious tone this year because Grand Marshal Brian O’Dwyer is a serious immigrant advocate. “My grandmother came here at 16 and her first job was at a mansion on Fifth Avenue and 54th Street,” O’Dwyer, a prominent immigration lawyer, told PIX11 News. “We stopped there and we prayed. Not just for her, but for the millions […]

  • New York City reacts to New Zealand mosque attacks

    JAMAICA, Queens — At Mosques across New York City there was beefed up security on the outside and intense prayers on the inside, and even on the streets after what the New Zealand prime minister called “extraordinary and unprecedented violence.” 49 people were killed in two attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Officials say the lone gunman, a man in his late 20s and self-described as a “regular white guy,” has been charged with the murders. The gunman streamed […]

  • Smart parking meters could soon be installed throughout NJ, causing a spike in tickets

    PALISADES PARK, NJ — The New Jersey State Senate is poised to vote next week on whether to expand a pilot program for smart parking meters in Palisades Park to the rest of New Jersey. It’s really tough to outsmart the smart parking meters. Once a car pulls into a spot on Broad Avenue and runs over the sensors, the driver has just a few minutes to pay by cash or credit card — or else. “If you don’t feed the […]

  • Woman robbed in lobby of Bronx apartment building

    THE BRONX — Police released video Sunday of a 52-year-old woman being robbed in the lobby of her apartment building. Anna Castillo showed PIX11 where she is still injured four days after the robbery in the lobby of her apartment building on Rowland Street near Westchester Avenue. She suffered a bruised shoulder and back. Castillo was attacked around 7:10 p.m. on March 7. She’s only 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Castillo was violently thrown to the ground as the suspect […]

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