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
  • Follow-Up Friday: How Monica’s making it happen this week

    In March, Marcia Kovalevich told PIX11 her East River Houses apartment in Harlem was falling apart. The walls were literally crumbling throughout her apartment and you could instantly smell mold when you walked in. PIX11’s Monica Morales returned Friday to find all repairs were done. Instead of mold, Morales smelled fresh paint. This past Tuesday, April 16, families gathered outside what used to be the Surfside Gardens Community Center, many wanting to know when the center will be reopened. It […]

  • Former head of NYCHA elevator services speaks out about firing, elevator safety in public housing

    NEW YORK — The fired head of the New York City Housing Authority’s elevator division said in an exclusive interview with PIX11 that he was let go as retaliation for telling the truth. Ivo Nikolic was in charge of over 3,000 elevators inside 326 NYCHA public housing developments. He was fired after an investigation found three inspectors, on his watch, allegedly falsified reports claiming to have done preventative maintenance on elevators. “I want to clear my name and save my […]

  • Queens mom says family lived with NYCHA sewage leaks for months

    QUEENS — A mother says her family struggled with constant sewage leaks in her home at NYCHA’s Ravenswood Houses in Queens for months before being transferred to a new apartment. “It’s been a pure mess. The waterbugs, the sewage smell. You make numerous complaints and it’s like, patchwork on top of patchwork,” said the mother of two, who did not want to be identified. She says she waited seven months to be transferred to a new apartment, and while she […]

  • Coney Island community center still not fixed 6 years after Sandy

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — Families gathered just outside what used to be the Surfside Gardens Community Center Tuesday morning; many of them want to know when the center will be reopened. “Can you please speed up the work? The kids need their center back,” said Sanrashia Fee. Fee lives at the the Surfside Gardens Houses next door. She said she remembers when the entire area was underwater and their community center and playground destroyed, devastated by Superstorm Sandy. The center […]

  • NYCHA will new X-ray guns to check thousands of apartments for lead paint contamination

    NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio displayed a lead gun in a news conference Monday and made a promise to families who live in New York City public housing. De Blasio says 135,000 apartments will be tested for lead with the X-ray guns by the end of next year. About 5-7 thousand apartments will be tested for lead each month, costing the city $88 million. Testing will be completed by the end of 2020. “New York City has driven […]

  • Follow-up Friday: Here’s how Monica is making it happen this week

    Taqazua Powell from East New York says for years her family has been battling mold in her closets and cabinets. “I’m upset we have go through so many different things to get something done. It’s been going on for two years,” said Powell. Powell says she worries about the health of her nieces and nephews, a 6-year-old Angel, a 5-month-old, and a one-month-old. Her mother, Kathryn Powell, says she has been putting in repair tickets for two years now and […]

  • Ruben Diaz Jr. slams city after NYCHA evicts 72-year-old man recovering from surgery

    BRONX — At a news conference Thursday, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. slammed the city for evicting a 72-year-old man who was recovering from a major surgery. “We need to right this wrong, but it starts with the New York City Housing Authority and it starts with City Hall,” Diaz said during the news conference. Bienvenido Martinez, a 72-year-old former resident of NYCHA’s Union Avenue Consolidation in the Bronx, was evicted from his apartment in late 2018 while he […]

  • Wyckoff Gardens NYCHA residents say water is dirty in their complex

    New York City Housing Authority residents living in Wyckoff Gardens have a lot to say about their water: it’s dirty and they can’t always get it hot. Some tenants say a bad boiler or the basement could be to blame, so PIX11 headed down to the basement. It was full of roaches and rodent traps. Residents also say it floods. There was a planned water outage in December. Tenants say that, since then, you never know what’s going to come […]

  • Brooklyn moms living in NYCHA say they need a mold clean up

    A Brooklyn mom has spent years battling mold in her New York City Housing Authority home. Taqazua Powell is worried about the health of her a nieces and nephews. She keeps finding mold in the closets and cabinets of her East New York home. “I’m upset because we have go through so many different things just to get somebody to do something about it,” she said. “It’s been going on for two years.” Her mother, Kathryn Powell, said she has […]

  • Follow-up Friday: Here’s how Monica is making it happen this week

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan —Azalea Mallory lives at the Grant Houses in Harlem and says she has waited over a year for a wheel chair accessible apartment. “I have no kitchen sink. My bathroom leaks once a month with fecal matter, and it affects my heath and my daughters health,” said Mallory. Mallory has cerebral palsy. Mallory says she has waited for a transfer for a wheel chair accessible apartment for over a year, and she says she only needs a […]

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