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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
  • Man fatally shot in the back in the Bronx

    WEST BRONX — Police are searching for two men who allegedly shot a man in the back killing him, authorities said Sunday. The 31-year-old victim was approached by two unknown men in the lobby of a building located near the corner of East 184 Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx last Thursday, according to the NYPD. The two men then allegedly engaged in conversation with the victim before brandishing a handgun and placing in to the victim’s head. When […]

  • Man arrested in attempted rape of woman, 73, whose teeth were knocked out during assault

    LOWER MANHATTAN —A man was arrested Sunday in connection with an attempted rape of a 73-year-old woman, according to police. The woman’s teeth were knocked out during the assault, officials said. She was near the corner of Battery Place and Greenwich Street on July 7 when a man approached her and demanded sex, police said. The man repeatedly punched her in the face when she refused. He also took her bag. The woman was treated for multiple lacerations, bruising and […]

  • 1-month-old’s death in Bronx was a homicide: police

    CLAREMONT VILLAGE, the Bronx — Authorities say the death of a baby girl at the Butler Houses in the Bronx this week was a homicide but they have not made any arrests yet. Police responded to a 911 call on Tuesday afternoon and found 1-month-old Monreux Mercado unconscious and unresponsive inside an apartment on Webster Avenue. Sources tell PIX11 when police arrived there was a domestic dispute going on in the building in that apartment. Sources tell PIX11 that investigators […]

  • Man who spent nearly 30 years in prison shot by police after threatening them with gun: NYPD

    HIGHBRIDGE, The Bronx — A man who was recently released from prison after spending nearly 30 years behind bars was shot by police in the Bronx Sunday night after threatening them with a gun, according to the NYPD. Ronnie Cole, 58, was seriously injured when he was shot in the chest and hip after he was wrestled to the ground by NYPD officers from the 44th Precinct at West 166th Street and Summit Avenue around 7 p.m. Sources tell PIX11 […]

  • ‘He was trying to take me’: 13-year-old girl speaks out about attempted abduction on LI

    UNIONDALE, L.I. — Harrowing footage captured the moments a 13-year-old girl tells PIX11 a stranger attempted to kidnap her as she walked home from summer school on Long Island. Nassau police say a man has been arrested after they say he grabbed the teen girl from behind before putting his hand over her mouth near her home on Adams Street around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday. The 13-year-old girl exclusively spoke to PIX11’s Anthony DiLorenzo, alongside her mother, Wednesday morning. “He was […]

  • Building superintendent, son brutally attacked by group of men in the Bronx

    THE BRONX — Police are searching for at least five men after a building superintendent and his son were brutally attacked in the Bronx early Sunday morning. The attack was caught on surveillance camera in front of a building on Davidson Avenue in the Fordham section. Police say a group of people, including the five men who are known drug dealers in the area, were having a BBQ in front of the building. The super’s 41-year-old son asked them to […]

  • Police searching for gunman who killed man in South Bronx

    SOUTH BRONX — The manhunt is on for a gunman in the Bronx and the family of the 22-year-old victim says he was killed in a case of mistaken identity. Alberto DeJesus took his last breath in the vestibule of his grandmother’s building. The night DeJesus was gunned down, he was waiting for his grandmother in front of the building on Avenue Saint John, when out of nowhere a man turned the corner and started shooting, according to Tamara Escudero, […]

  • Sex offender with more than 150 arrests allegedly gropes woman on train

    NEW YORK — A registered sex offender with over 150 prior arrests has again been detained, this time for groping a woman on the train Wednesday morning, police and sources said Friday. Giovanni Verdelli, 67, was on board a Manhattan-bound L-train from Bedford Avenue to First Avenue when he placed his hand under a woman’s dress and groped her, police said. Both the victim and Verdelli exited the platform at First Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, where the victim took […]

  • 3-year-old boy critically injured after falling out sixth-floor window in Queens: officials

    FLUSHING, Queens — A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after falling from the sixth-floor window of a Queens building Thursday, the FDNY confirmed. The child fell from the window of a building and onto the third floor balcony of a neighboring building along 38th Ave. in Flushing, Queens around 10:30 a.m., authorities said. Officials said the child was critically injured in the fall. According to authorities, the boy’s mother was cooking and his grandfather was watching the children. Investigation […]

  • Mother, 2 young children found dead in Staten Island home

    ARROCHAR, Staten Island — An active member of the U.S. military and her two children were found dead in a Staten Island home Saturday morning, police said. Authorities were called to a house along Palisade Street, near Lily Pond Avenue in Arrochar shortly before around 10:30 a.m. due to an assault in progress, police said. When they arrived, authorities found the residence filled with smoke. A small fire was extinguished by authorities, police said. Officers found two young children, ages […]

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