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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
  • Flash flood warning that covered most of NYC cancelled

    NEW YORK — A flash flood warning has been lifted for Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens Tuesday, officials said. The warning was issued at 4 p.m. as thunderstorms rolled through the area. It was set to last until 5:30 p.m. but was cancelled shortly before 5 p.m. “as heavy rain has ended and is no longer expected to pose a threat,” the National Weather Center said. Anyone who may have been caught in a flash flood […]

  • Deadly Legionnaires’ cluster in Washington Heights is ‘over’: official

    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — An investigation into a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in Manhattan that killed a patient is over, the city health department said Tuesday, revealing that there have been no new cases of the illness in three weeks and the likely source of the cluster has been identified. The strain of Legionella — the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease — found in a cooling tower at The Sugar Hill Project on St. Nicholas Avenue and West 155th Street […]

  • Inmate charged with murder in Rikers Island killing

    NEW YORK — An inmate at Rikers Island has been arrested on suspicion of killing another inmate inside the jail complex, police said Tuesday. Artemio Rosa, 27, of Manhattan, faces a charge of murder in the killing of a 35-year-old Rikers inmate. Few details were given about the deadly encounter. Police said it happened about 3 p.m. on July 9 and the victim was pronounced dead on Rikers Island. The slain inmate’s identity has not been released because his family […]

  • Two MTA employees diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

    NEW YORK — Two MTA employees have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, according to a MTA spokesperson. One of the employees, a highway patrol officer, went to a doctor who told him to go to the emergency room after determining his symptoms similar to those caused by Legionnaires’ disease. He was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with the illness on Aug. 8, according to Wayne Joseph, president of the Bridge and Tunnel Officers Benevolent Association. The worker was based […]

  • Cause of death released for Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz

    BELMONT, the Bronx — The city’s medical examiner released the cause of death Wednesday for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old from the Bronx whose killing at the hands of reputed gang members sparked widespread community outrage. “Stab wound of neck” was the cause and the manner was homicide, the medical examiner said. Guzman-Feliz was attacked on June 20 by a caravan of alleged gang members who chased him into a bodgea on 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue, where he tried […]

  • 1st day of Panorama music festival canceled due to severe weather

    NEW YORK — Panorama, a music festival on Randall’s Island, has been canceled Friday as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area. The festival said it will reopen Saturday as planned. “We are evacuating the island due to severe weather. Please exit the way you entered. Ferries and shuttles are running and the pedestrian bridge is open. Panorama has been cancelled for today and we will see you tomorrow,” the festival said in a tweet at 5 p.m. Friday was the […]

  • 2 dead after being struck by train in Brooklyn

    EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — Two people were fatally struck by a train in Brooklyn Thursday, according to the FDNY. The pair was struck at Broadway Junction. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene; the other died after being rushed to the hospital, FDNY said. Additional information about the victims was not immediately available. The incident was affecting multiple subway lines during the evening rush, according to the MTA. As of 10:25 p.m., these services changes were […]

  • Woman left baby in hot car while she drank in restaurant, deputies say

    ARLINGTON, Tenn. — A woman was arrested after she allegedly left her child in a hot car in the parking lot of a restaurant, authorities said. It happened Tuesday, which also happened to be National Tequila Day. Shelby County deputies responded to the scene after getting a call for a welfare check. Two customers said they heard a baby crying as they were walking through the parking lot. “When you walk outside you don’t expect to hear a baby in […]

  • Dead humpback whale washes ashore in East Hampton

    NAPEAGUE, East Hampton — A dead humpback whale washed ashore in East Hampton Thursday morning, authorities said. The animal was reported by the U.S. Coast Guard Montauk Station to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) at about 8:30 a.m., the group said. A team from the AMCS is responding to the scene to “assess the situation and come up with a response plan.” Further details were not immediately available.

  • Judge orders release of pizza deliveryman facing deportation

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A father taken into custody by immigration agents while delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army base  was released Tuesday night following a judge’s order. Pablo Villavicencio, a citizen of Ecuador, was detained on June 1 while making a pizza delivery at Fort Hamilton. He presented New York City’s identification card to the guards there, but was asked to show additional identification and was detained after a background check revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for […]