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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
  • 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 […]

  • Father of 6 killed in Harlem hit-and-run

    HARLEM, Manhattan — A father of six was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Harlem in front of his family who were celebrating at a birthday party and his mother is pleading with the driver to come forward. The crash happened about 2 a.m. on Sunday at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and West 127th Street, police said on Tuesday. Police said the driver was traveling west on West 127th Street then made a left turn onto Adam […]

  • Power restored after ‘major’ outage cuts electricity to thousands in Brooklyn

    DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Thousands of Con Edison customers in Brooklyn were without power Monday afternoon, according to utility officials and a city councilman who represents the area affected. More than 6,100 customers in Dyker Heights were without power at 1:30 p.m., according to Con Edison’s online outage map. The electricity was expected to be restored by 4:30 p.m. Shortly after 2 p.m., City Councilman Justin Brannan said about 1,870 customers remained without power. “They’re working fast,” he wrote in […]

  • Teacher accused of sexual abuse at NY camp where he was a counselor

    LITTLE NECK, N.Y. — A Long Island teacher has been arrested in connection with alleged sexual abuse at an upstate summer camp where he’d been a counselor for more than three decades, New York State Police said Friday. Dylan T. Stolz, 51, of Little Neck, N.Y., was arrested on Wednesday. He faces five counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Stolz is a teacher in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District in Nassau County on Long Island, state police said. A search of the […]

  • 5-year-old shot in Newark on Fourth of July

    NEWARK, N.J. — A 5-year-old girl was shot in Newark while walking with her father on the Fourth of July, authorities said, calling the shooting a “cowardly act.” It was about 11:30 p.m. when the shooting happened. The girl was walking with her father in the 200 block of Avon Avenue when she was struck with a bullet, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said. “Police […]

  • New clue revealed in still-unsolved 2016 Central Park explosion

    CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan — A new detail has emerged in the still-unsolved 2016 Central Park explosion, federal officials said Tuesday, exactly two years after the blast that caused a teenage tourist to lose his foot and part of his leg. The explosives were packed in a clear shopping bag marked with the logo of La Unica Bakery, which is located in Union City and Jersey City, N.J., federal officials said, revealing the latest development in the case. It was about […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for parts of NY, NJ

    NEW JERSEY — A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for parts of New York and New Jersey Tuesday as storms roll through the region, the National Weather Service said. The latest warning covers northeastern Bergen County in New Jersey and southern Westchester County and Rockland County in New York until 3 p.m., the agency said. Previously, New Jersey’s Hudson County, northeastern Union County and southeastern Essex County were under a severe thunderstorm warning. That expired at 2 p.m., the agency said. […]

  • More charges filed against Harvey Weinstein: DA

    MANHATTAN — More charges have been filed against Harvey Weinstein, several months after women began to come forward with stories alleging sexual misconduct by the famed Hollywood producer. A grand jury has charged Weinstein with an additional count of criminal sexual act related to an alleged assault of a woman in 2006, the Manhattan District Attorney said Monday, and two counts of predatory sexual assault, a felony that carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison upon conviction. […]

  • Heat wave ahead: New Yorkers warned to prepare for sweltering temps

    ALBANY, N.Y. — High temperatures are moving in the area Friday and are expected to stick around for days, introducing the possibility of a dangerous heat wave. The city is warning New Yorkers to take care and check on elderly or at-risk neighbors as the mercury is forecast to climb into the 90s and stay there throughout the weekend. A heat advisory is in effect until 12 p.m. Sunday for the five boroughs, northeast New Jersey and Nassau County, according […]

  • NYPD investigating whether officers did enough to help dying 15-year-old in the Bronx: sources

    NEW YORK — Police are investigating whether responding officers did enough to help 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz as he lay dying on the sidewalk in the Bronx after he was hacked with knives and a machete, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News on Thursday. The investigation is examining whether the officers possibly did not provide enough help to the teen as he was bleeding from the neck in front of a hospital, the sources said. It’s possible the officers could […]