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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
  • How Monica is making it happen this week

    Private First Class William Douglas Brundage, 88, never thought he would be homeless at his age. He was injured in combat in Korea. Now in a wheelchair, staying with family, in the grant houses in Harlem He needed a home. After PIX11’s story, Brundage got a voucher. “Thanks to PIX11, I’m one step closer to getting a home,” said Brundage. = = = Jasmin Sanchez lives inside the Baruch Houses and says for months she has been asking for repairs, […]

  • Mother of three battles mold at Brownsville home

    BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Tiffany Fraticelly lives in the Marcus Garvey Houses in Brownsville, and says it’s hard enough to be a new mom, but she daily battles mold in her bathroom and getting needed repairs. “It worries me,” Fraticelly said. “I just had a baby. And I have to bathe her near mold. This can’t be healthy for my children.” A spokesperson for the New York City Housing Authority tells us this, “We attempted to visit the apartment today, but […]

  • Woman living in Baruch Houses is battling bugs

    Jasmin Sanchez lives inside the Baruch Houses and says she has been asking for repairs for months. Sanchez says holes in her wall are allowing an invasion of bugs into her home. “Its one thing to dodge bugs in the stairwell or walking outside your building, but when you have to literally live as a hostage in your bedroom because ‘they’ are coming through the walls, it’s scary,” Sanchez said. Sanchez says her dog named Rocky, has earned his name, […]

  • Housing secretary Ben Carson will visit embattled NYCHA, local HUD official says

    U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson will visit the New York City Housing Authority, an administrator with the department said Monday. Lynne Patton, head of HUD in New York and New Jersey, also promised to do everything in her power to make sure President Donald Trump visits NYCHA, the largest public-housing system in the country. “He’s a New Yorker born and raised and we would love nothing more than to support the great residents of the city,” she […]

  • How Monica’s making it happen this week

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is now supporting the City Council’s plan plan to allocate $500 million for affordable senior housing. The mayor was a late guest to a rally on City Hall steps Tuesday. The announcement comes just 24 hours after he signed a consent decree handing over control of NYCHA and $2.2 billion of city money to fix it. A two-year federal investigation produced a scathing 80-page complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and uncovered city bosses lied and […]

  • City leaders, tenants react to $2.2B NYCHA deal

    Some city leaders and tenants are voicing serious concerns about a $2.2 billion NYCHA deal for repairs at the New York City Housing Authority. Public Advocate Letitia James, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres, chair of the Oversight and Investigations committee, shared their concerns as guests on the Live “Monica Makes It Happen Show.” “I want oversight and heads to roll,”  James, who’s also a candidate for State Attorney General, said. She’s requesting a one-on-one […]

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to allocate $500M for affordable senior housing

    NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio is now supporting the City Council’s plan to allocate $500 million for affordable senior housing. The mayor was a late guest to a rally on City Hall steps Tuesday. The announcement comes just 24 hours after the mayor signed a consent decree handing over control of NYCHA and $2.2 billion of city money to fix it. A two-year federal investigation produced a scathing 80-page complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s office, uncovered lies by […]

  • City reaches $2B deal with feds over NYCHA repairs: US Attorney

    BREAKING UPDATE: US Attorney confirms to PIX11 that the city has reached  a deal with the federal government for $2.2 billion dollars for NYCHA repairs.   Original story: NEW YORK — As City Hall works on a multi-billion dollar settlement with the federal government to fix public housing in New York City, the deal is raising serious questions with one city leader who is now telling PIX11 News that the mayor may be trying to hide something. Councilman Ritchie Torres […]

  • How Monica is making it happen this week

    Christine Copeland said that for three years she has been fighting to get repairs inside her mom’s apartment at the Bushwick Houses. “I have to worry about my ceilings falling. The wall is already caving in. Workers come and look at, then they leave,” Copeland said. Pearl Reid, 89, had lived in the apartment for 40 years and wants several walls to finally be fixed. A spokesperson for the New York city Housing Aurhority said: “Staff started repairs today, and […]

  • Three generations of Brooklyn women living in apartment filled with problems

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Sakina Smith says her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment at the Louis Armstrong Houses is filled with problems — and Smith is concerned for the health of her 2-year-old, Maliah Williams. “I’m so angry,” Smith said. “Not even an animal should live like this.” Smith says she had mold in her bathroom and closets, her floors need to be redone, and her kitchen is blocked off by caution tape. A New York City Housing Authority spokesperson said, “We are looking […]