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
  • Officers swarmed by motorcyclists trying to steal dirt bike

    HUNTS POINT, the Bronx — A group of dirt bike riders are seen on surveillance video circling a police officer, after the officer approached them for allegedly riding reckless in Hunts Point. The NYPD says the riders were taunting the officer. It all started Sunday afternoon at a gas station on Bruckner Blvd, when one of the bikers jumped off of his bike to avoid being arrested. The officer tried to take the bike when the riders circled the officer. […]

  • Man invades 8 LI homes in 6 months: police

    SUFFOLK COUNTY, L.I. — Police on Long Island are investigating a man who entered eight different homes in a span of six months. These break-ins occurred between May and November, all in the dead of night. In two of the incidents, the man made non-sexual physical contact with female residents before fleeing in an unknown direction, possibly on a bicycle. In the other six incidents, he fled after being confronted by a resident. No one was injured and nothing was […]

  • Hip-hop legend, actor Eric B. released after being jailed in NJ on 17-year-old warrant: lawyer

    NEW JERSEY — Prolific hip-hop musician and actor Eric B. had been sitting behind bars in New Jersey since October for a warrant from nearly 20 years ago, according to his attorney. Eric B., real name Louis Eric Barrier, was jailed on Oct. 28 on a 2002 warrant for failing to appear in court, his lawyer, Patrick Toscano, told PIX11’s Nicole Johnson. In 2001, Barrier was stopped by Ridgefield Park Police and things escalated into a chase and a crash […]

  • Recognizing the warning signs of domestic abuse

    The result of domestic violence can be deadly. It can destroy families, tear apart neighborhoods and rock an entire city. In less than five days, we’ve seen domestic violence end with three murder-suicides. Sometimes walking away is easier said than done and victims, as well as their partners never make it out when rage takes over. The NYPD says it gets about 600 calls from people reporting domestic violence incidents on a daily basis. Overall, murders are up in the […]

  • 44-year-old man charged in Bronx attack of 81-year-old: police sources

    A 44-year-old man is in custody in connection with the shocking attack of an 81-year-old man reading a newspaper who was kicked from behind and knocked to the ground in the Bronx, police sources told PIX11. The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Anthony Denroy in the attack of 81-year-old Pablo Vargas. Denroy has been charged with two counts of assault. The victim was on Jerome Avenue near North Street reading a newspaper on Thursday morning when a man walked […]

  • Couple, 5-year-old daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide at Harlem apartment: police

    HARLEM, Manhattan —A couple and their 5-year-old daughter were found dead inside a Harlem apartment in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday night, police said. Authorities responded to an apartment along West 121st Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard just after 9 p.m. to perform a wellness check, police said. When they arrived, police found the bodies of Jennifer Schlecht, 42, and her young daughter Abaynesh Schlecht Tedla. They also discovered the body of the man they believed was responsible for […]

  • Final goodbyes for Aamir Griffin, teen killed by stray bullet

    JAMAICA, Queens — His body arrived in style to Greater Allen Cathedral, led by a white horse, while dozens of friends and family waited to say goodbye to 14-year-old Aamir Griffin. “I want the community to remember Aamir the way he was,” said his aunt, Tiesha Stamp. “Bright, courageous.” “Everyone spoke so highly about him, there was not a dry eye there,” she added. He had just made the JV basketball team at Cardozo high school, and was practicing his […]

  • Queens teen with stray bullet lodged in shoulder says she ‘had an angel guarding’ her

    JAMAICA, Queens – A bullet is lodged in a Queens teen’s shoulder, just two inches away from her heart, and though she’s in a lot of pain, she feels lucky to be alive. Ashley Armoogan, 16, was hit by a stray bullet during school dismissal on Monday. A return to school is the furthest thing from her mind. “It just hurts a lot, I can barely even move my arm,” she said. The bullet in her shoulder is too close […]

  • Teen arrested in shooting of 16-year-old girl in Queens: police

    JAMAICA, Queens — A 16-year-old male has been arrested after a teen girl was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet outside a Queens school Monday, police announced Wednesday. The teen, who was not identified by police, along with two other males, a 16 and 17 year old, were arrested for shots fired about an hour before the shooting that injured the teenage girl, Dermot F. Shea, Chief of Police said in a tweet. Earlier Tuesday morning police released […]

  • Police looking into gang violence in SE Queens after shooting

    JAMAICA, Queens — There’s more police presence outside of New Dawn Charter School in Jamaica Wednesday. Police say this will now be the new normal after a 16-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet. ”Officers posted out side during arrival and dismissal will be instrumental,” said NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison. PIX11 has learned the teenager was hit during an attempt to shot a 16-year-old boy. Police say he was also the target the gunman was aiming for when 14- […]

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