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
  • Man in coma weeks after Bronx beating; police searching for attacker and lookout

    MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx —A Bronx man beaten by a stranger more than three weeks ago is still in a coma at a hospital, his mother told PIX11. James Smith, 52, suffered a fractured skull in the March 24 attack. He’s been at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln since that day. “I feel terrible, I can’t even go out there,” mom Margie Hatten said. “I can’t even go up there. I don’t want to see him like that.” Smith was hanging […]

  • Brooklyn teacher accused of sexually abusing 11-year old girl

    EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn teacher is out on bail after being charged with sexually abusing an 11-year old girl. During the teacher’s arraignment, PIX11 learned this all came to light when girl’s cousin found inappropriate messages and pictures on the 11-year-old’s phone. Daniel Santiago, a former teacher at Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy in East Flatbush, pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor said that on three separate occasions, on a school bus during a class trip, Santiago allegedly touched […]

  • Man with knife killed during Bronx police-involved shooting: authorities

    MORRIS HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A 32-year-old man is dead following a police-involved shooting at a Bronx apartment, police said. Police responded to the fourth floor of a Morris Heights apartment along Grand Avenue just before 11 p.m. Sunday for a reported harassment. The NYPD received two 911 calls about a man threatening people and banging on doors with a large stick, When they arrived, officers encountered Kawaski Trawick with a knife and what appeared to be a broom handle wrapped […]

  • Police investigating after man tries to lure Brooklyn teen into car, follows her for blocks

    SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — While a 15-year-old girl walked to school Friday morning in Brooklyn, a man tried to lure her inside his car, she told PIX11. The teen ignored the man but police said the man was relentless, following her for blocks, driving slowly along side her as she walked on 49th Street in Sunset Park, from 8th Avenue to 4th Avenue. Surveillance footage obtained by PIX11 shows the teen standing on 5th Avenue and the black Mercedes right […]

  • Man turns himself in, admits to killing girlfriend in Bronx apartment: police

    MORRIS HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A man was taken into custody after he confessed to killing his girlfriend in her Bronx apartment, police said. Angel Esteban Feliz-Rodriguez faces charges of murder and manslaughter for the death of his girlfriend, Indira Rameriz-Rivera . The 23-year-old walked into the 48th precinct and confessed to strangling his girlfriend, police said. He led investigators to the apartment, according to sources. Police performed the wellness check around 6:30 p.m. and discovered 21-year-old Rameriz-Rivera unconscious and […]

  • Exclusive video: Woman seen kicking child at Brooklyn day care, police say

    GRAVESEND, Brooklyn — A woman has been charged with assault after video exclusively obtained by PIX11 captured her allegedly kicking a toddler at a Brooklyn day care, after his mother says the boy refused to take a nap. Valeriaya Buonadonna, 36, of Brooklyn, was arrested after the incident at Znayka Day Care Center on Avenue U on Tuesday, police said. Video obtained by PIX11 shows the disturbing few seconds when the 2-year-old boy was picked up from his chair, tossed […]

  • Pedro Hernandez says there’s proof he’s an innocent victim after arrest for slashing, robbery

    SOUNDVIEW, the Bronx — Pedro Hernandez proclaimed his innocence to PIX11 News Tuesday, saying he’s actually the victim in the situation, after being arrested Sunday for a robbery and slashing. “I was approached and attacked. I’m innocent. I’m a victim and the truth will prevail,” Hernandez told PIX11’s Nicole Johnson in a phone interview on Tuesday. Hernandez, 19, says he was the one slashed and stabbed by a group of men and that surveillance footage will prove his innocence. The […]

  • Victim in fatal Brooklyn attack was in rival gang: law enforcement sources

    BROOKLYN — The man shown in widely seen surveillance video being chased through the streets of Brooklyn, and eventually killed , was part of a rival gang, law enforcement sources told PIX11 Friday. Tyquan Eversley was  attacked on March 19. Police released video Thursday showing him being hunted down, in a scene with haunting echoes of the mistaken-identity death of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman Feliz, who was beset by a sect of the Trinitarios gang last June. In the recent incident, […]

  • Nanny found dead in NJ park lake after going for a jog

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A homicide investigation is underway Thursday after a nanny, who was last seen leaving her home to go for a jog, was found dead in the lake at Lincoln Park. A person reported to the sheriff’s office on Sunday, March 24 that a body may be floating in the lake, according to the Hudson County Prosecutors Office Carolina Cano was later pulled from the water and pronounced dead. Although her cause of death has not been […]

  • Amtrak employee shoots supervisor then kills self in SUV in Queens: police

    SUNNYSIDE, Queens — An Amtrak employee shot his supervisor then killed himself in Queens Thursday morning, police said. The incident happened in the vicinity of 39th Street and Skillman Avenue, near the Sunnyside Yard and Facility around 8 a.m., police said. According to cops, a verbal dispute began between an Amtrak employee and his supervisor. Following the verbal altercation, the supervisor and an unrelated employee got into a white SUV when the suspect, 48, opened fire at the SUV as […]

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