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
  • NYPD officer accused of trying to hire hitman to kill ex and a minor

    NEW YORK — An NYPD officer has been arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex, a source told PIX11 Friday. Valerie Cincinelli, a 12-year veteran with the department, has been arrested, the source said. It is not clear if the ex is a former boyfriend or her husband. Police confirmed Friday that a 34-year-old female police officer was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, with the Eastern District of New York prosecuting. A criminal complaint […]

  • Exclusive: Partner, colleagues still grieving detective fatally shot in Queens robbery

    It’s been nearly three months since the friendly fire death of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen. The 42-year-old was killed after seven of this fellow officers fired a total of 42 rounds during a chaotic scene outside a Queens T-Mobile store, and the emotions of losing an officers are still raw. A 911 call came in about a man with a gun robbing the cellphone store. Simonsen’s partner, Det. Richard Waters, did not respond to the call. He was working on […]

  • Newborn baby dies after being found near trash outside Bronx apartment; teen being questioned by police

    MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — A newborn baby boy is dead after being found near the trash in the Bronx Thursday evening and a 14-year-old girl is being questioned, police said. Officers responded to a building along East 138th Street and Brook Avenue in Mott Haven around 6:30 p.m. after a resident found the baby near the trash in the rear of the apartment and called authorities. When they arrived, officers discovered a newborn baby boy unconscious and unresponsive. Police […]

  • Bronx man accused of rape allegedly cornered victim in bathroom of day care: sources

    KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS, the Bronx — The 60-year-old Bronx man accused of repeatedly raping a girl at a Bronx day care cornered the victim in the bathroom, sources said. Alberto Hernandez would separate the girl from other kids at the the Maria Cortez Day Care on Heath Avenue, sources said. Hernandez said nothing as he was taken from the Bronx Special Victims Unit overnight to face a judge. A 13-year-old girl came forward and said Hernandez raped her from when she […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Video shows moment before high school student, 18, shot in head in Yonkers; 2 in custody

    YONKERS, N.Y. — Two people are in police custody after an 18-year-old woman was shot and killed in Yonkers on Thursday. Police responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Morningside Avenue around 6:38 p.m. They arrived to find Marilyn Cotto Montanez, 18, a resident of Yonkers, down on the sidewalk with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, police said. EMS transported her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries, according […]

  • 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 […]

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