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Magee Hickey is known for her bright red hair, her warmth and her bubbly personality. This Emmy Award-winning reporter has covered most of the big stories in the tri-state area in the past 25 years.

Magee is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Magee recently returned to the borough of her birth, and is its biggest cheerleader. She attended The Convent of the Sacred Heart and The Chapin School. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and that’s where she began her television news career. At WLNE-TV, Magee made a name for herself by going undercover as a hooker to rid a nice residential neighborhood of prostitution.

Then the bright lights of New York City lured her back home where she got to live her dream of reporting on all the crime, grime and politics of Gotham. Magee first worked at WNEW and WABC. At WNBC, she was the first anchor of the highly successful Weekend Today in New York program.

Magee spent years on the pre-dawn patrol at WCBS, getting up to 2 a.m. to cover the news of the day. That schedule also allowed her time to raise her two daughters and to care for her aging and ailing parents.

As passionate as Magee is about her television news career, she is equally devoted to community service and giving back to the city she loves.

In recent years, she has organized cabaret fundraisers involving many PIX reporters and anchors singing and dancing to raise money for the Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development, a school founded by her late father for special needs children in the Bronx.

Several years ago, Magee faced her fear of singing in public by taking a cabaret singing class at the 92nd Street Y. Magee is also an accomplished classical flutist and is organizing a troupe of newscasters and other performers to visit schools, nursing homes and hospitals in the tri-state area.

Recent Articles
  • Hundreds of homes flooded due to sewage backup in southeast Queens: officials

    JAMAICA, Queens — Hundreds of homes are dealing with a major sewage backup in Queens according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. An FDNY spokesperson said they responded to Inwood Street in Jamaica at around 1:40 p.m. Saturday for what it called a major sewage condition. Both Con Edison and the Department of Environmental Protection also responded. De Blasio tweeted Saturday that a main issue was causing sewage backups to roughly 300 homes in southeast Queens, and  NYC Water crews were […]

  • Small Business Saturday supports ‘the heart of the community’

    PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — For 10 years, Green in Bklyn, an eco-friendly home goods and gift shop on Myrtle Avenue, has been part of the Clinton Hill community. “Instead of helping the big franchises, it’s better to help support people that really do need it,” Elfi Mota, a Green in Bklyn shopper, told PIX11 News. Elissa Olin, the owner of Green in Bklyn, has watched families like the Motas grow; today was the day to support this store and other […]

  • New pet owners get great deals on Black Friday

    Soho, MANHATTAN — Black Friday has a whole new meaning at Best Friends Animal Society Lifesaving Center, as so many dogs and cats are being matched with families with no adoption fees. There were long lines at the Best Friends Adoption Center on West Broadway. The Graham family has been waiting for close to three hours to adopt the dog of their dreams. They waited until Black Friday when the adoption fee, $350 for puppies, $250 for older dogs, kittens […]

  • The Bowery Mission celebrates 140th Thanksgiving week

    The Bowery Mission celebrated its 140th Thanksgiving week this year, with 15,000 meals served over the course of seven days — including 7,000 on Thanksgiving alone.

  • Holiday shoppers get a Thanksgiving start in NYC

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — With just 26 shopping days until Christmas, compared to 32 last year, no wonder there was so much jostling inside the store. The doors opened officially at Macy’s Herald Square at 5 p.m. for the stampede of Black Friday shoppers who now rush the stores for deep discounts on Thanksgiving. “This is great,” one holiday shopper told PIX11 News as he pushed in the stampede. Karen Wallace, a tourist from Edinburgh, Scotland, said it was a little […]

  • Man allegedly tried to take woman’s 10-month-old baby in Queens

    CORONA, Queens — Police are searching for the man who allegedly tried to take a woman’s baby in Queens Thursday night. The man approached the 29-year-old woman while she was pushing her 10-month-old child in a stroller in the vicinity of 43rd Avenue and 111th Street in Corona around 8:30 p.m., police said. He then placed his hand on the stroller and demanded the woman give him her child, according to police. When the victim refused and resisted the efforts, […]

  • SopranosCon, ‘the best convention ever,’ takes over the Meadowlands

    SEACAUCUS, N.J. — It was a mob scene. Close to 10,000 Sopranos fans packed the Meadowlands Exposition Center for the first ever SopranosCon, an ambitious two-day event celebrating all things Sopranos. It was created by three fans who met online because they still love the show more than 12 years after its HBO run ended. “Obviously this is what the fans wanted. This show changed a lot of lives,” Daniel Trader, co-creator of SopranosCon, told PIX11 News. There was Dr. […]

  • Celebrating 20 years of trying to clean up the Gowanus Canal

    GOWANUS, Brooklyn — It is one of the most polluted waterways in the country, but apparently there’s a lot to celebrate about the Gowanus Canal because there was a 20th anniversary party of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club on Friday. “We’re celebrating 20 years of advocacy and environmental joy in paddling the filthy and disgusting Gowanus Canal,” Owen Foote, the treasurer of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, told PIX11 News.  It has been such a long haul for the cleanup […]

  • Concern over rising rents on Coney Island boardwalk

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — The history of Coney Island is on the wall of Ruby’s Bar and Grill, going back to 1886. Coney Island has seen good times and bad over the last century and a half. While this birthplace to the amusement park is clearly on the upswing, there is concern among the owners of six businesses on the boardwalk that their rents may be going sky-high when their leases are up in January. “We’ve been here since 1934 […]

  • Tires slashed, dozens of cars keyed in Bay Ridge

    BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — Dozens of drivers were stuck Sunday morning after their tires were punctured in Bay Ride, police said. Christina Simonetti went to move her boyfriend’s Acura TSX and found two tires with puncture wounds and key marks along the side of the car. She said it’s $200 just to get the tires fixed. Police said as many as 30 cars were vandalized in the same way overnight on the park side of Shore Road between 72nd and […]

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