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
  • Climate change rallies encourage bird enthusiasts, scientists to hope

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — There are 265 species of birds spotted in Central Park each year. And while no one species has been declared extinct yet, there are fewer and fewer birds flying in New York City and part of the reason is climate change. “Why do I care about birds? I love birds,” Dr. Brian T. Smith, Curator of Birds, American Museum of Natural History,” told PIX11 News. “Birds are indicator of general eco system health and environmental […]

  • Montclair residents debate proposed pro-gun rights mural

    MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Controversy is brewing over a proposed pro-gun rights mural located directly opposite an anti-gun violence mural in Montclair. The original mural created by Montclair High School students, the new mural is being proposed by the town’s GOP. “This issue is more about free expression than anything else,” John Van Wagner, President of the Montclair Republican Club, told PIX11 News. The Montclair Republican Club isn’t sure yet what the design of their pro-gun rights, pro-second amendment rights mural […]

  • Man arrested after bringing sword to Empire State Building: police

    MANHATTAN — It was a packed observation deck on the 79th floor of the Empire State Building at 4:30 p.m. That’s when police say a shirtless man began swinging a detached, concealed sword within a walking cane. He was swinging it erratically and mumbling about suicide and threatening to kill himself, according to eyewitnesses on the observation deck. Police have identified the man as 35-year-old Matthew Dixon of Lorton, Virginia. Eyewitnesses say the ordeal lasted about 10 minutes before the […]

  • Queens woman celebrates 112th birthday

    FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — A 112-year-old Queens woman was surrounded by family at Beach Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center as she celebrated her birthday on Thursday. Ermisna Theodore came to the US from Haiti. She has five sons and dozens of grandkids, in addition to many great grandchildren. “We are very blessed to have her,” Ben-Oni Theodore, one of Ermisna’s many grandsons, said. “She is basically the bridge to back home where my parents came from.” Granddaughter Sarah Theodore was […]

  • Video shows collision that sent NYPD patrol vehicle onto Brooklyn curb; 5 injured

    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — Video obtained by PIX11 News shows the moment a minivan and NYPD patrol vehicle collided, sending the police cruiser onto the curb where it hit two 19-year-old women and crashed into a storefront. Multiple people, including two NYPD officers, were hospitalized following the Saturday night crash at the intersection of 52nd Street and 13th Avenue in Borough Park. The video shows a blinking “do not walk” pedestrian light, meaning that the traffic light for the minivan […]

  • ‘People should not be using vaping products’ says Gov., as officials urge New Yorkers to stop vaping

    MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — The packaging looks like candy, with names such as Sour Patch, Frooty and PB and Jam. But no matter how appealing to lure young people, the Centers for Disease Control — and now New York State — are urging everyone to stop vaping until they figure out why some people are coming down with serious breathing issues. “People should not be using vaping products period,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference at the Labor Day […]

  • Fuel Our Kids: “Food, glorious food” at the USA Today Wine and Food Festival

    PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn — Close to 2,500 people gathered at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park doing what New Yorkers love most: eating fabulous food and drinking fabulous wine. As part of PIX11’s Fuel Our Kids Initiative combatting childhood hunger, PIX11 was the media sponsor for the USA Today Wine and Food Festival benefiting City Harvest. “If you are talking about organizations that give back, City Harvest is on the short, top list,” Alex Guarnaschelli, Chopped chef and author, […]

  • School bus fails to show up; leaves children with special needs stranded

    NEW YORK — Lainie Gutterman has two children with special needs who rely on City Department of Education buses to take them to their special-needs school on Long Island. But she got a text message from her bus driver that said: “There was a mechanical error, no bus today, bus running again on Monday.” On this first week of school, it was a cascade of problems with the All-American Bus Company and it meant that her 9-year-old son with autism […]

  • Good Samaritans clean up house of trash in Queens

    SOUTH JAMAICA, Queens —A front yard in Queens has been filled with trash for years, but neighbors stepped up to clean the smelly eyesore on Thursday. Neighbor and friend Sheldon Williams said Carmine Bhimull, the 57-year-old resident of the 118th Avenue home, is a hoarder. “She needed help with that,” he said. The front yard was filled with everything imaginable. Most of it was bags and bags of recyclable bottles and cans that the neighbors have complaining about for years. […]

  • Revelers and police prepare for J’ouvert, West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Police were out in full force in Crown Heights Sunday maintaining heightened security on the eve of J’ouvert and the West Indian Day Parade. “It’s unity, culture and happiness, showcasing everything we are in the Caribbean,” Adana Santana, a Carnival reveler who traveled from Baltimore to be part of the  weeklong celebration, said. It’s a spectacular preview of the West Indian Day celebration of Caribbean color and culture. Some families come back year after year to […]

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