Nicole Johnson is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist for PIX11 News.

Over her 20-year-plus career in journalism, she has built a reputation for her compelling, fair and honest storytelling that galvanizes the community and brings about change.

Her reporting has covered many high-profile crime stories including the shooting death of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, to the choking death of Eric Garner as well as countless exclusive interviews with victims and their families.

Nicole’s reporting often brings about change. In 2016, Nicole spearheaded an Emmy-nominated three-part special, Sickle Cell Disease: A Silent Killer. The series gave PIX11 viewers an in-depth look at how patients deal with pain crisis, the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with the disease as well as medical breakthroughs. Nicole has made it her life’s mission to use her voice to help those battling Sickle Cell Disease, like her son Parker, who at age 11 authored “The Adventures of the Sickler” a book for children battling the disease.

Nicole has also brought attention to the need for bone marrow donation and its importance in the African American community after her story about Shannon Tavares, an 11 year-old Broadway star battling leukemia, gained national attention. This led to a record number 10,000 people registering to become donors. Another notable story, Domestic Violence: A Bronx Woman’s Nightmare, led to improved state laws to protect victims of domestic violence.

Since first joining WPIX in 1997, Nicole has held a variety of positions including assignment desk editor, which proved to be a critical position on Sept. 11, 2001 when she was sent to Ground Zero for several days to provide coverage on the attacks. From 2002-12, Nicole worked as a general assignment reporter for WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, NY1 News, Fox 5 News and My 9 News before returning to PIX11 in 2012. She began her journalism career as an editorial writer for The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, where she attended Rollins College.

Nicole is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, a recipient of two NABJ Awards and several Associated Press Awards for Breaking News. In 2012, she was named a McDonald’s Media Legend for her reporting work.

Each summer, Nicole teaches journalism to students at Lehman College in the Bronx. She also dedicates time to help her community by volunteering at local schools, and for the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patient’s Network.

Nicole resides in NYC with her fiancé,Sean Ringgold, an actor and producer, and her greatest accomplishments — her son Parker and daughter Skylar.

Recent Articles
  • Queens woman raped by man on parole: police

    OZONE PARK, Queens — When police arrested Joshua Henderson for raping a woman in Ozone Park, they say he should have been behind bars. But somehow Henderson fell through the cracks of our criminal justice system. “This is not an isolated incident,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “We see this far too often. It’s troubling for the safety of all New Yorkers.” What is so troubling to police is Henderson’s criminal history, as his rap sheet dates back […]

  • Police officer injured, man killed in Staten Island shootout: authorities

    STATEN ISLAND — One person was killed and a police officer was injured in a shooting in Staten Island Tuesday morning, authorities said. Emergency crews were called to the vicinity of Prince and Hardy streets around 8:40 a.m over a reported domestic dispute. A woman called police, reporting a domestic assault she was allegedly a victim of. When they arrived, police took the victim into their vehicle and drove her a block away for safety as they conducted a search […]

  • Off-duty police officer killed in motorcycle in crash with truck in the Bronx: police

    PELHAM BAY, the Bronx — A off-duty police officer riding a motorcycle was killed in a crash in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx on Monday, according to officials. Police said Michael McGrath, 56, was killed in the incident. McGrath, who lived on Waterbury Avenue, was an inspector with the NYPD and served as commanding officer of the New York City Police Department Cadet Corps, according to his LinkedIn page. FDNY officials said they got the call at around […]

  • Police identify man found dead, rolled up in red carpet in Harlem

    HARLEM, Manhattan — Police have identified the man found dead in Harlem, his body rolled in a red carpet. Anthony Lewis, 27, of Brooklyn, was found Thursday morning, when officers responded to a 911 call and discovered the man unconscious and unresponsive inside a red carpet in front of 301 West 145th St. in Harlem, according to police. Authorities have obtained surveillance footage of two people rolling the carpet in a Target shopping cart into the Harlem street, which is […]

  • Body found rolled up in carpet on Harlem street: police

    HARLEM — Police are investigating after the body of a man was found rolled up in a carpet on a Manhattan street Thursday morning, authorities said. Just before 6 a.m., officers responding to a 911 call discovered the man unconscious and unresponsive inside a red carpet in front of 301 West 145th St. in Harlem, police said. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to the NYPD. Police said the Medical Examiner will determine the cause […]

  • Man accused of pointing a gun at a 1-year-old girl during Queens robbery: police

    SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens — The search is on for a man wanted for questioning in connection to a robbery that took place in South Ozone Park on Friday. The report came it around 6;10 p.m. A 29-year-old woman was holding her 1-year-old niece and walking into a residence near 135th Place and Sutter Avenue. An unidentified man approached showing a firearm and demanding property. The woman refused and the man proceeded to point the firearm at the child. The […]

  • Cellphone video showing NYPD lieutenant using force on Brooklyn man sparks lawsuit

    Errol Everett is angry and frightened over a violent encounter with NYPD caught on video. “I’m scared, I feel like I have a target on my back now,” Everett told PIX11 News. The video shows Everett being pulled to the ground, apparently by an NYPD lieutenant. In the video, you can see the lieutenant’s actions, punching Everett while other officers hold him down. “It’s traumatizing,” he said. “No one should be subjected to that.” Everett, 33, claims this was unprovoked. […]

  • UFT director from Queens nabbed after sexting with detective he thought was 14-year-old boy: officials

    BROOKYLN — A United Federation of Teachers director has been charged with attempting to coerce a minor into sex as part of a sting operation, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court Friday. According to a statement by Detective Damon Gergar, who was involved in the sting, 41-year-old Jason Seto contacted him via a dating app that Gergar says people “primarily use to meet up to have sexual contact.” Gergar claims Seto sent him a picture of himself […]

  • NYPD making fewer arrests since Pantaleo firing; Commissioner attributes it to drop in crime

    NEW YORK — Arrest rates around the city plunged in the wake of the controversial decision to fire the police officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Felony arrests are down about 11% and misdemeanor arrests are down about 17% since Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s Aug. 19 firing, compared with the average daily totals for the rest of the year, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Wednesday. At the same time, the NYPD has seen a 32% drop in moving […]

  • Pedestrian killed in Newark hit-and-run Tuesday: police

    NEWARK – A pedestrian was hit and killed in Newark on Tuesday, according to city officials. Newark police said the pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run on Washington Street at around noon. In a blink of an eye, Thomas Anderson lost his long time friend, as she died right there in the middle of Washington Street after being hit. “I just gave her a hug and 10 minutes later she’s lying in the street,” he said. “He was going pretty […]

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