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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
  • City Council Chair of Investigations calls for public hearing on alleged NYCHA sex parties

    BRONX — Councilmember Ritchie Torres says he wants to directly hear the stories of workers and former workers of the Throggs Neck Houses in the Bronx, some of whom are accused of participating in sex parties while on the job. PIX11 told the stories of two former New York City Housing Authority workers who both describe an environment filled with harassment, intimidation and retaliation. “NYCHA admits to learning about these allegations in May and it went three months without suspending […]

  • Two former NYCHA workers speak out of alleged harassment, along with seeing drinking, and smoking pot on the job

    THE BRONX — The Throggs Neck Houses in the Bronx is at the center of an investigation thats just begun, filed by the department of investigation, NYCHA, and now the city council’s investigations panel wants answers. Last month, 40 workers were transferred and three staffers suspended for having alleged alcohol fueled sex parties on company time. Neil Andrade and Earl Rogers both worked at Throggs Neck. Neil Andrade was a building caretaker at Throggs Neck Houses from June 2017 to […]

  • ‘We The People’ hearing held by city comptroller’s office to hear from NYCHA families exposed to lead

    NEW YORK — City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the watchdog of the city’s money, said he has conducted 10 audits looking into the New York City Housing Authority, more than any other recent Comptroller. Stringer said he’s investigated dangerous playgrounds to the lead exposure of children inside public housing. On Monday night, the Comptroller says he wants to hear from NYCHA families. “Our investigators will be listening to families’ stories,” Stringer said. Stringer said he will use the stories he hears […]

  • How Monica’s making it happen this week

    Council member Rafael Salamanca and assemblyman Michael Blake invited PIX11 News to come inside the Melrose-Mott Haven Senior Center on 152 Street. “It serves over 200 seniors a day,” Salamanca said. “And we have NYCHA to fix the ceiling.” “Rats are falling from the ceiling when we play bingo. It’s scary,” Carmen Vasquez, a Melrose-Mott Haven resident said. A NYCHA spokesperson tells PIX11 News plumbers will be working on the leak Monday and promise the leak will be fixed by […]

  • How Monica’s making it happen this week

    On her Facebook Live show this week, Monica explored the question many have been asking—is the air inside public housing toxic? “We know a consultant who was brought in and in a small sampling the air was toxic” said Rev. David Brawley, from the  East Brooklyn Congregations. Brawley’s organization looks to expose elevated levels of chemicals in the air in multiple apartments across Brooklyn. A spokesperson for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection tells PIX11 News, “Last weekend, DEP tested […]

  • Leaky pipes destroying Brooklyn grandma`s home

    BROOKLYN — Sonia Del Dalle has lived at Coney Island Houses for more than 30 years and a nasty leak in her bathroom has been driving her crazy. “I don’t know what to do. It keeps getting worse and worse. And now the electricity is out,” said Del Valle. A spokesperson for the New York City Housing Authority says they have been working on the problem for over a week. Workers will go door-to-door on Thursday to find the source […]

  • Bronx senior center plagued by flooding, rats falling from ceiling

    THE BRONX — Councilmember Rafael Salamanca and Assemblyman Michael Blake asked PIX11 to visit the Melrose-Mott Haven Senior Center on 152nd Street. “It serves over 200 seniors a day,” Salamanca said. “And we have NYCHA to fix the ceiling. The promises it would be done.” Blake said “enough is enough.” Carmen Vasquez said “rats are falling from the ceiling when we play BINGO. It’s scary.” A NYCHA spokesperson said plumbers will be working on the leak Monday and the leak […]

  • Several cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed at NYCHA buildings in the Bronx and Harlem

    NEW YORK – Barbara Lauray is the president of the Fort Independence Houses in the Bronx and she says she’s afraid to use the water in her bathroom after two cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed in her building. “I don’t know what to tell my families,”Lauray said. “Don’t bathe. Don’t shower. Animals live better than this.” Legionnaires can be contracted by breathing in contaminated water droplets and can’t be spread from person to person, health officials said. Legionnaires can have […]

  • Legionnaires in NYCHA and 3 staffers suspended for alleged sex parties: Monica’s talking about it

    The president of the Fort Independence Houses in the Bronx is afraid to use the water in her bathroom because there were two confirmed cases of Legionnaires in the building. “I don’t know what to tell my families,” Barbara Lauray said. “Don’t bathe. Don’t shower. Animals live better than this.” Experts say Legionnaires can be contracted by breathing in contaminated water droplets and can’t be spread from person to person. Legionnaires can have Pneumonia-like symptoms, especially for seniors. “Both patients have […]

  • Bronx polling site closed for repairs may not reopen in time for voting

    THE BRONX — Councilmember Rafael Salamanca and Assemblyman Michael Blake Monday took us on a disturbing tour of St. Mary’s community center on Trinity Avenue in the Bronx. It’s been closed for weeks for much-needed repairs, but the cafeteria is supposed be a designated place to vote Thursday. And now that might not happen. “Youth programming for the entire summer did not happen in this space,” Salamanca said. “Kids needed to go out of their way to drop of their […]