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Nicole Johnson is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist for PIX11 News.

Over her 20-year-plus career in journalism, she has built a reputation for her compelling, fair and honest storytelling that galvanizes the community and brings about change.

Her reporting has covered many high-profile crime stories including the shooting death of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, to the choking death of Eric Garner as well as countless exclusive interviews with victims and their families.

Nicole’s reporting often brings about change. In 2016, Nicole spearheaded an Emmy-nominated three-part special, Sickle Cell Disease: A Silent Killer. The series gave PIX11 viewers an in-depth look at how patients deal with pain crisis, the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with the disease as well as medical breakthroughs. Nicole has made it her life’s mission to use her voice to help those battling Sickle Cell Disease, like her son Parker, who at age 11 authored “The Adventures of the Sickler” a book for children battling the disease.

Nicole has also brought attention to the need for bone marrow donation and its importance in the African American community after her story about Shannon Tavares, an 11 year-old Broadway star battling leukemia, gained national attention. This led to a record number 10,000 people registering to become donors. Another notable story, Domestic Violence: A Bronx Woman’s Nightmare, led to improved state laws to protect victims of domestic violence.

Since first joining WPIX in 1997, Nicole has held a variety of positions including assignment desk editor, which proved to be a critical position on Sept. 11, 2001 when she was sent to Ground Zero for several days to provide coverage on the attacks. From 2002-12, Nicole worked as a general assignment reporter for WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, NY1 News, Fox 5 News and My 9 News before returning to PIX11 in 2012. She began her journalism career as an editorial writer for The Orlando Sentinel in Florida, where she attended Rollins College.

Nicole is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, a recipient of two NABJ Awards and several Associated Press Awards for Breaking News. In 2012, she was named a McDonald’s Media Legend for her reporting work.

Each summer, Nicole teaches journalism to students at Lehman College in the Bronx. She also dedicates time to help her community by volunteering at local schools, and for the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patient’s Network.

Nicole resides in NYC with her fiancé,Sean Ringgold, an actor and producer, and her greatest accomplishments — her son Parker and daughter Skylar.

Recent Articles
  • Woman struck, killed in Queens: police sources

    WOODSIDE, Queens — A woman was struck and killed in Queens Friday morning, police sources tell PIX11. The 49-year-old woman was walking along Roosevelt Avenue near 65th Street when she was struck, police sources said. Her identity was not immediately disclosed. The driver of the vehicle stayed in scene and cooperated with police, and was released following a breathalyzer test.

  • Brooklyn pastor who can walk for the first time in years overcomes illness, inspires others

    BROOKLYN — Five years ago, doctors didn’t think a Brooklyn pastor would make it; now she’s walking on her own again and using her experience to inspire others. It started with some numbing in the toes and fingers for Pastor Asia Whitehead. Then she ended up in the emergency room. “I had lost all my feeling from the waist down,” she said. The mom was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare illness that attacks the body’s nervous system. “I was […]

  • NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill shares final thoughts before leaving department

    NEW YORK — NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill’s last day on the job after several years heading up the police department is coming up. He starts work next month as the new senior vice president and global head of physical security for credit card giant Visa Inc. O`Neill, 61, has been with the police department for 36 years. He was named commissioner in September 2016 and has called it “the best job in the world.” O’Neill sat down with PIX11’s Nicole […]

  • The rise of diversity in the NYPD

    MANHATTAN — The NYPD is showing more diversity in the ranks, as a Deputy Chief, Deputy Inspector and Director — all people of color — received promotions Tuesday. “We want our police officers and top ranks to look like the fabric of this city,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker. Tucker, the NYPD’s second in command, tells PIX11 News the department has come a long way from when he first was sworn in as a police trainee in 1969.

  • Lost in the system: Frustrated families say schools aren’t keeping track of students

    NEW YORK — It started with a letter saying her 9-year-old son was failing the third grade at an East Flatbush school and then workers with the Administration for Children’s Services showed up at her door. They said records showed Cayden had been absent from school at PS 244 for more than 130 days, according to mom Carla Gibson. “The young lady sat down with us and she said that the school said that he’d been missing from school 100 […]

  • Lost in the system: Mom says school didn’t realize her daughter had switched schools years ago

    New York’s Department of Education appears to have completely lost track of a girl and the child’s mom is furious. Gabrielle Morris, now 9, went to PS 244 in East Flatbush. Her family recently got a letter from the DOE promoting her to the next grade. The problem is that Morris hasn’t attended the school for more than three years. Morris went to kindergarten there in 2016, but she was pulled out because she was being bullied. She transferred to […]

  • Hasidic man stabbed multiple times walking to synagogue in Ramapo: police

    RAMAPO, N.Y. — An Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed and slashed multiple times as he walked to his synagogue Wednesday morning in Ramapo, authorities said. According to police, officers responded around 5:49 a.m. to Howard Drive in the hamlet of Monsey for a report of a person struck by a vehicle. When the officers arrived, they discovered the Hasidic man was not hit by a car, but had been stabbed and slashed with an unknown weapon, according to officials. “He […]

  • Police look for person who stabbed 17-year-old girl to death in Queens

    LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — A vigil was held Monday night for a teenager who was stabbed to death on Friday. The search is still on for the killer. People in Queens are beginning to get scared. Talasia Cuffie’s god brother Aamir Griffin, 14, was killed by a stray bullet while playing basketball. Cuffie, 17, was stabbed to death Friday night while on a walk to get food. PIX11 has learned that after Griffin passed away, Cuffie went to stay […]

  • Teen stabbed to death in Queens lived with family of 14-year-old boy killed by stray bullet

    JAMAICA, Queens — An already grieving family was rocked by tragedy this weekend in Queens. Talasia Cuffie’s god brother Aamir Griffin, 14, was killed by a stray bullet while playing basketball. Cuffie, 17, was stabbed to death Friday night while on a walk to get food. PIX11 has learned that after Griffin passed away, Cuffie went to stay with his devastated mother to help her get through this tough time. Now her own mother needs the same help. Bishop Mitchell […]

  • Father and son may have been hit by car on purpose

    HARLEM — “How are you going to do that to a father holding a kid?” That’s the question everyone is asking after seeing a disturbing surveillance video. The driver of a white BMW jumps a curb, plowing right into a father and his 8-year-old son. The driver then backs up, jumps out of the car with his passenger, police say, then the driver then stabs the father before jumping into the passenger’s side. The impact was so hard, the father […]

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