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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
  • Harlem mom says five of her children tested positive for elevated levels of lead

    HARLEM, Manhattan — Adilia Porwick lives in the Polo Grounds in Harlem and says five of her seven children have tested positive for elevated levels of lead. “They are not impacted now, but in the future, they are going to have developmental delays,” Porwick said. “It’s just not right. They were born normal.” Porwick says her family has lived in the Polo Grounds in Harlem for years. It was back in November, she got the terrible news. Porwick says five […]

  • Lower East Side mom says her apartment is a ‘hot mess,’ needs repairs

    LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Chaquita Dorsey lives in the Seward Park extension, a building run by the New York City Housing Authority. Dorsey describes it as a “hot mess.” “I’m sick and tired of it,” Dorsey said. “I’m sick and tired of living like an animal.” A New York City Housing Authority spokesperson said, “while there are no open work orders at this time, we are working with the resident to schedule necessary repairs as quickly as possible. We […]

  • How Monica is making it happen this week

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is now deciding to launch a “Vision Zero” type program aimed at ridding lead from 175,000 apartments in New York City public housing, for good. Testing 130,000 apartments for lead immediately, his announcement happens on these day a federal judge wants to hear from families who live inside public housing. The Mayor also promises “intensive outreach” to hundreds of families with children exposed to lead and quarterly reports and transparency. = = = Krystal Henry lives […]

  • ‘Dakota’s Law’ will crack down on screening for lead poisoning in public, private housing

    NEW YORK — Tiesha Jones and her daughter, Dakota, made headlines in January after the Bronx mom sued the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for elevated levels of lead in her daughters blood. Dakota, then four-years-old, had nine times the acceptable lead standard, set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A jury awarded her $57 million after they found NYCHA responsible for Dakota’s lead levels. Sen. Gustavo Rivera introduced Dakota’s Law, which he was inspired […]

  • Mother of 4 who lives in NYCHA pleads for help: ‘The mold is back and no one is listening’

    NEW YORK — Krystal Henry, a mother of four, is pleading for help. She says her apartment is a health hazard for her children. She lives in the Alfred E. Smith Houses, a public-housing complex located in the Lower East Side. “It’s constant stress. I’m tired of it. My kids are sick,” said Henry. PIX11 met Henry back in 2017, when the bathroom in her apartment had a massive hole in the wall and ceiling. “The mold is back and […]

  • Mayor de Blasio announces program aimed at removing lead from NYCHA public housing apartments

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Vision Zero type program aimed at decontaminating 175,000 NYC public housing apartments of lead. The program will roll out immediate testing for 130,000 apartments. De Blasio also promises intensive outreach to hundreds of families with children exposed to lead and quarterly reports and transparency. If you have a lead story inside public housing upload a video to Monica Morales on Facebook.

  • 19-year-old NYCHA resident shares her story after testing positive for lead

    NEW YORK — Brenda Ambers is a mom on a mission to get justice for her two daughters who tested positive for high lead levels in 2004 while they were living in the Frederick Douglass Houses, a public housing complex located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Ambers’ oldest daughter was 5 years old when she tested positive with a lead level of 13. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say no lead levels are considered safe […]

  • How Monica is making it happen this week

    NEW YORK — City officials say 21 public housing developments with 2,400 apartments will get $400 million in renovations, paid for by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and new federal Section 8 funding. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement at Campos Plaza I, a 875-apartment complex on the Lower East Side that recently underwent renovations under the Section 8 plan. The 2012 initiative, called the Rental Assistance Demonstration, promises to upgrade 15,000 NYCHA apartments by 2025. “All […]

  • PIX11 obtains years of emails between HUD, NYCHA about lead inspections in New York City public housing

    NEW YORK — Families living in public housing were devastated to find high levels of lead in their children’s blood and hundreds of pages of emails, obtained by PIX11, show the growing frustration of employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and at the New York City Housing Authority. There is no safe blood lead level and anything above level five is considered blood poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Tiesha Jones’ daughter, who […]

  • ACS commissioner on immigrant kids in NYC and 9,000 children who need foster homes

    PIX11 News this week spoke with the commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services David Hansell during a special edition of Monica Makes It Happen on Facebook Live. He talked about how the 300-plus immigrant children are doing and how there are 9,000 New York City children who need foster parents. If you want to become a NYC foster parent, click here for more information Watch the entire interview, below: