Monica Morales has been at PIX11 since 2009. She’s been a reporter for PIX11’s morning and evening newscasts, and now leads the Monica Makes It Happen franchise.

The Monica Makes It Happen series exposed major problems inside the New York City Housing Authority. Her reports have been recognized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and are credited for restoring heat to 55 buildings across the city and getting dozens of homes repairs.

In 2016, she won a Best Live Reporter Emmy for her coverage on the PIX11 Morning News and was part of the team that won for Best Breaking News, being the first reporter on scene of a massive fire in New Brunswick. She exclusively interviewed the Fire Chief live, plus residents who feared they may lose their homes.

She earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for her investigative reporting and a national breaking news Emmy.

She has been nominated multiple times for her specialty reporting, enterprise reporting, and continuing coverage.

She interviewed former Police Chief Bernard Kerik exclusively before he went to jail, and pressured Mayor Bill de Blasio for answers, from Snowgate to crime stats.

Before joining PIX11, she was a general assignment reporter at WNBC in New York, WFXT in Boston, and WTVJ in Miami.

She was one of the few reporters live during the raids on Elian Gonzalez’s home and reported from Ground Zero during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Morales is very active in the community. She has hosted the Hispanic Day Parade, and has won the Triscort Award for her Catholic faith and reporting, and has received multiple awards and recognition from the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens to Casita Maria.

She now has her own segment on PIX11 News called “Monica Is Making It Happen.”

No story is too small, no problem is too large.

Some of her stories include helping a 10-year-old Hurricane Katrina survivor get a new home, helping a girls’ track team in Newark get new shoes to compete, and exposing deplorable living conditions inside a veteran’s home and helping fix the problem.

Morales is half Bolivian and Norwegian. She is married with two children and currently lives in New York City.

If you have a story, email monica@pix11.com.


Recent Articles
  • Families at Bronx development say heat and hot water is inconsistent

    Families packed the lobby of 840 Astor Avenue here at the Pelham parkway houses. Families from five different buildings converged to talk to PIX11 about their heat woes. Michael Kiler showed us the windows inside his apartment. At night the water freezes so inside during the day it melts on the inside. “We need the heat, it’s a necessity.,” said Kiler. PIX11 also spoke to his 11-year-old daughter, Dior. “It’s cold in here. It really is the heat is not […]

  • Families in NYCHA deal with heat, hot water problems during frigid weather

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — New Yorkers dealt with record cold Tuesday and Wednesday and some of them did it with inconsistent heat in their homes. A resident at the Lexington Houses in East Harlem said families were freezing. There’d been no heat or hot water for 11 days, according to a tweet from the resident. He’d filed several complaints with the city, but said no one from the New York City Housing Authority had responded. NYCHA did activate an emergency […]

  • City and community leaders demand center re-open after shooting of 14-year-old boy

    QUEENS — Councilmember Adrienne Adams of Queens says when she walks by a basketball court at the Baisley Park houses, it breaks her heart every single time. Fourteen-year-old Aamir Griffin was killed on October 26 on a nearby basketball court. Adams worries the children who live in Griffin’s neighborhood who don’t have a safe place to play. “In honor of this young man’s life, it would be amazing if we can name the center after him,” said Reverend Richard Griffin. […]

  • Follow-up Friday: Helping PIX11 viewers around the area

    See how Monica Morales made it happen for PIX11 viewers across the Tri-state area this week.

  • Massive hole in the wall of Lower East Side NYCHA building

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — People could see through the stairwell hole into a resident’s apartment. It’s now covered with exposed cardboard. Residents say it’s just one of the examples of how the building at the Baruch Houses is falling apart. Monica Morales has more in the video above. If you have a story reach out to Monica Morales at monica@pix11.com

  • Mother of 2 leading NYCHA Tenant Coalition and rally

    PIX11 News spoke to a mother of two who’s fighting against the privatization of public housing.

  • ‘Unacceptable’ sewage smell at NYCHA homes in the Bronx need immediate action, state sen. says

    New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda and four tenant leaders from the Bronx reached out to pix11 to highlight conditions at the Claremont Consolidated Houses: 28 buildings they said need immediate attention. “People can smell this sewage on a daily basis. This is unacceptable,” said Sepulveda. At 1020 Teller Ave., families showed PIX11 raw sewage in a courtyard. “There are children who live in this community. It poses a health threat. When you see this level of neglect, it’s a […]

  • City launches Home Fix program to help NYC homeowners get affordable repairs

    Belen Jimenez, 93, has lived in her East New York home for over 30 years and when the roof started to fall apart, so did her dreams of staying in her home. Her son Edward says everyday he worries about his mom and her home. “A new roof would mean being dry and be able to fix things before being destroyed again by the rain,” said Edward Jimenez. There’s a new city program called Home Fix that can help homeowners […]

  • Bushwick mom of five says a flood destroyed her children’s room; she wants a transfer.

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn —A flood back in march destroyed a bedroom and kitchen in a Tompkins Houses apartment. Mom of five Miriam Hunter has been fighting to get out. She doesn’t want her children living in a home with wrecked walls. “I’ve been in court with NYCHA. They decided to give me a transfer,” she said. “The repairs were so extensive and, because of the children, they said it’s best to do a transfer. So now I’m a sitting duck waiting, […]

  • Seniors in East Harem NYCHA building asking for help with heat, hot water

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan —State Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez from East Harlem told PIX11 to check out the monthly meeting of the tenant association inside the lobby here at the Gaylord White Houses. “We like to think of ourselves as community activists, not just tenant association presidents. We have to reform a system that is designed to fail,” said Gaylord Houses Tenant Association President William Betancourt. Julia Lyons, 75, invited PIX11 into her home Tuesday afternoon. She said turning on her faucet […]

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