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Nicole Johnson is an Emmy-Award winning journalist for PIX11 News.

Nicole has covered many high-profile stories, including a notable story about Shannon Tavares, an 11 year-old Broadway star battling leukemia. The story gained national attention, shedding light on bone marrow donation and its importance in the African American community. More than 10,000 people registered to become donors after seeing her report.

In 2010, Nicole’s story on Domestic Violence-”A Bronx Woman’s Nightmare” forced New York State to improve its laws to protect victims.

Nicole began her journalism career as an editorial writer for The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, where she attended Rollins College. Nicole returned to her native New York reporting for Bronx Net and News 12 throughout the tri-state area.

She held a variety of positions at WPIX-11, including assignment desk editor, which proved to be a critical position on September 11th, 2001 when was sent to Ground Zero for several days to provide coverage on the attacks. In 2002, became a general assignment reporter for WROC TV in Rochester, New York, and later returned to New York City to report for NY1 News, Fox 5 and My 9 News.

Nicole is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalist and was honored by The Professional Network for excellence in journalism.

She is also a recipient of two New York Association of Black Journalist Awards and an Associated Press Award for Breaking News. The Network Journal recognized Johnson as a “40 Under 40″ in 2011.

Johnson is also a McDonald’s Media Legend, a very high honor for someone her age.

Along with her journalism career, she dedicates time to help her community by volunteering at local schools, and is an active volunteer with the Sickle Cell Foundation.

Nicole resides in NYC with her greatest accomplishment — her son Parker.


Recent Articles
  • 3 infants among 5 stabbed at unlicensed birthing center in Queens: officials

    FLUSHING, Queens — Three infants, all one month or younger, were stabbed in an unlicensed birthing center in Queens early Friday, police said. Authorities were called at about 3:40 a.m. to a residence believed to be serving as a birthing center — that was advertised as a day-care center, on 161st Street between 45th and 43rd avenues in Flushing. According to police, adults upstairs heard screaming from below. They came downstairs and saw a 52-year-old woman stabbing three female infants […]

  • Arrest made in violent lower Manhattan robberies that left 2 hospitalized

    MANHATTAN — A man has been arrested in connection with two violent robberies that occurred in lower Manhattan on Sunday, leaving an 88-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Rickey Hayes, 61, of Newark, was arrested during a third robbery attempt inside Macy’s, located in Manhattan’s Herald Square. Officers caught him hours after he was seen on camera punching and kicking an 88-year-old woman and 66-year-old man inside Reno Fashion, located at 498 Laguardia Pl. […]

  • Man confesses to killing woman who went missing in 2014

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A man has been arrested in connection with the 2014 disappearance of a woman in Brooklyn after he walked into a police precinct and confessed to killing her, dismembering her and dumping her body on the curb in garbage bags, police said. The remains of the victim — identified as Maria Quinones, 58 — have not been found, police said. Ricky Gonzalez, 34, of Beacon, N.Y., walked into a police precinct in Manhattan on Tuesday and told […]

  • 2 in custody in death of woman whose body parts were found in bags near Bronx park

    BRONX — Two people are in custody in the death of a woman whose remains were found in four bags in the Bronx, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. Daquan Wheeler, 31, was charged with murder, manslaughter, concealment of a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Ciara Martinez, a 30-year-old woman, was also charged with criminal facilitation, hindering prosecution, concealment of a human corpse, conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence. The bags of […]

  • Former CDC head Tom Frieden accused of sex abuse: sources

    BROOKLYN — Tom Frieden, the former head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been taken into custody Friday morning in New York City for allegedly forcibly touching at least one woman, sources told PIX11 News. Frieden was the head of the CDC from 2009 to 2017 and commissioner of the New York City Department of Health from 2002 to 2009. He is accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks near Montague and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights in […]

  • NYPD’s top detective talks one-on-one with PIX11 about push for ‘perfection’

    NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea is heading into his first quarter in his position, heading the largest detectives bureau in the country. PIX11’s Nicole Johnson sat down with the Chief for an exclusive one on one interview. “I am always at work,” Shea said about the city and the job loves. Shea was born and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and he said even though crime is at an all time low in the city, it’s not good enough. “I […]

  • Teen escapes police custody in Brooklyn: NYPD

    BROOKLYN — Police are searching for an escaped teenage prisoner who ran into a subway station, forcing trains to bypass a stop in Brooklyn, officials said Wednesday. The 18-year-old man escaped near Empire Boulevard and New York Avenue, police said. The prisoner is described as wearing gray sweatpants and a tank top. A law enforcement source told PIX11 News that he’d been taken into custody on suspicion of assault. An NYPD spokesperson said officers had pulled up the precinct and […]

  • Shots fired near set of music video featuring rappers 50 Cent, Tekashi 6ix9ine in Brooklyn: sources

    GREENPOINT, Brooklyn — Shots were fired near the set of a music video in Brooklyn that featured rappers 50 Cent and Tekashi 6ix9ine, police sources said Wednesday. The shooting happened near the Greenpoint waterfront on Noble Street at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. Rappers 50 Cent and Tekashi 6ix9ine were filming a music video on Noble Street, about a block away from where the shots were fired, police sources said. Sources said they do not believe the rappers […]

  • Driver arrested in hit-and-run that sent 11-year-old flying off bicycle

    FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — A driver was arrested Tuesday in connection with the hit-and-run of an 11-year-old boy on a bicycle who was struck head-on and sent flying, police said. The crash happened at about 7:20 p.m. on Monday. Police said the victim was riding his bike south on Dickens Street, near Healy Street, when the driver of a black, four-door sedan traveling north on Dickens Street hit him head, police said. The child went airborne upon collision, police said. He was thrown […]

  • Actress Sean Young wanted for questioning in Queens burglary: sources

    ASTORIA, Queens — Actress Sean Young is wanted for questioning in connection to the theft of multiple laptops in Queens, sources said Friday. Young, 58, best known for her starring role in “Blade Runner” and Ace Ventura,” is believed to have been in the area of a theft in Astoria around noon Thursday, according to sources. About $12,000 worth of laptops were taken. Sources said the incident happened at School of Old LLC on 36th Avenue.