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Samantha Tata is the digital managing editor at PIX11 News. She joined the station as a digital producer in 2014.

Before coming to New York, she was a digitial producer and internship coordinator at NBC4 Southern California, where she was part of the team that won the station’s first-ever national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for breaking news coverage.

Recent Articles
  • Steam pipe explosion: Asbestos found at blast site

    MANHATTAN — The site of a steam pipe explosion in Manhattan Thursday has tested positive for asbestos, causing concern about the impact on local buildings and people who may have come into contact with the substance, and prompting decontamination efforts which have been described as a “massive undertaking.” Anyone who was near the site the steam pipe explosion that blew out a large hole in the street along Fifth Avenue between West 21st and West 22nd streets and covered blocks […]

  • No swimming advised at 19 Long Island beaches

    MINEOLA, N.Y. — Beachgoers are told not to swim at nearly two dozen beaches on Long Island Wednesday, according to the Nassau County Department of Health. The advisory was issued as a precaution and was spurred by Tuesday’s heavy rainfall that caused stormwater runoff to potentially contaminate the beaches, the county’s health department said. “Stormwater runoff can impact bathing water quality by elevating bacteria levels, which may cause exceedances of the New York State standard for bathing water quality,” the agency […]

  • Thunderstorms, flooding hit tri-state

    NEW YORK — A line of storms moved into the tri-state Tuesday, bringing powerful winds, thunder and lightning, and rain so heavy it could easily spur flash flooding. A flash flood watch is in effect until Tuesday evening for New York City, portions of northeastern New Jersey, southwestern and central Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service. A flood advisory has been issued until 3:30 p.m. for central Passaic County and northwestern Bergen County. Thunderstorms will have the potential to […]

  • 9-year-old girl killed by stray bullet in NJ home

    BRIDGETON, N.J. — A 9-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet that flew into her home in New Jersey on Tuesday, police in Bridgeton said. Shots were fired near Elmer and Walnut streets at about 12:30 a.m., police said. Bullets pierced several vehicles and the rear wall of the victim’s home, police said. The slain girl was in the room next to the wall that was shot through. The victim’s name has not been released. Detectives have interviewed dozens of […]

  • Eric Garner case: NYPD says it will move foward with disciplinary proceedings if DOJ doesn’t file charges

    NEW YORK — The NYPD will move forward with internal disciplinary proceedings against the police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, unless the U.S. Department of Justice announces its own criminal charges in the case, according to a letter from the department obtained by PIX11 News. The letter, dated Monday, gives the DOJ until Aug. 31 to “publicly announce its intention to file criminal charges in the matter,” or else the department will move ahead with disciplinary […]

  • Amazon’s Prime Day runs into snags swiftly

    NEW YORK — Amazon’s website has run into some snags quickly on its much-hyped Prime Day. Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links Monday got only an abashed-looking dog with the words, “Uh-oh. Something went wrong on our end.” Customers reported glitches, empty pages and problems seeing products that were available. The annual day of deals began at 3 p.m. ET Monday, about the same time that more than 24,000 reports of problems with the site were registered by DownDetector. It […]

  • Chuck E. Cheese’s offers Pay Your Age promo, day after lines force Build-A-Bear to abandon deal

    NEW YORK — Chuck E. Cheese’s is offering a Pay Your Age promotion, a day after Build-A-Bear’s offer to customers to pay their current age for a stuffed animal spurred extra-long lines, hours-long waits and led to the shut down of the event. Chuck E. Cheese’s said the promotion is good all day Friday at participating U.S. locations where Chuck E.’s Play Pass is available. “Didn’t get to Build A Bear? Come in on 7/13, pay your child’s age, and […]

  • Build-A-Bear abandons ‘Pay Your Age Day’ due to overwhelming crowds

    NEW YORK — Customers hoping to “pay your age” to buy a Build-A-Bear Thursday are out of luck as lines have been closed across the U.S. and Canada due to crowds clamoring for the deal, the company said. “Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop locations due to crowd and safety concerns,” the company said shortly after 11 a.m. “We have closed lines in our U.S. stores. We understand some of our Guests are […]

  • Swimmer dies after being pulled from water at Robert Moses State Park

    BABYLON, Long Island — A man who was found face-down in the surf at Robert Moses State Park has died Thursday, New York State Park Police said. The 63-year-old was pulled from the water at about 1:20 p.m. by two passersby, according to state park police. He was between fields three and four in a non-designated swimming area. The passersby performed CPR on him and emergency crews continued to perform CPR as he was taken to a hospital, state park police […]

  • Woman found dead in trash compactor identified

    UNION SQUARE, Manhattan — A woman whose body was found inside a trash compactor at her Union Square apartment building has been identified Wednesday. Police identified the deceased as Lara Prychenko, 48, of Manhattan. A maintenance worker found the body found shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday inside a trash compactor at 1 Irving Place, where Prychenko lived, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives are investigating Prychenko’s death as an accident, though an autopsy will determine the woman’s […]