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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
  • 17-year-old shot and killed in Jersey City

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed outside a deli in Jersey City, authorities said. The shooting happened about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday on Old Bergen Road near Pamrapo Avenue, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Police responded to the location after someone called 911 about hearing gunfire. When they arrived, they found the teen lifeless with a gunshot wound to his head and neck, prosecutors said. The victim was identified as Jayden Fondeur, of Jersey […]

  • Search is on for shooter who killed 23-year-old in Bay Ridge

    BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — The search is on for a shooter who killed a young man in Brooklyn. The shooting happened about 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 7 near 93rd Street and Fourth Avenue, less than half a mile from the victim’s home. Police were called to the scene about an assault and when they arrived, officers found Grei Frasheri, 23, of Brooklyn, with a gunshot wound to his neck, NYPD said. Frasheri was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced […]

  • Trump wants Sessions to investigate New York Times op-ed

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate and uncover the identity of the senior administration official who penned an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times this week. Trump has railed in recent days about the publication of the anonymous op-ed, calling its author “gutless” and a “coward” while suggesting the op-ed could damage national security. Now, it appears Trump is taking this a step further and calling for a criminal investigation, […]

  • Student allegedly stabs classmate with metal comb pick at Brooklyn high school

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A student allegedly stabbed his classmate with a metal comb pick at a Brooklyn high school Wednesday, just as the first day of classes was getting underway, officials said. The stabbing happened about 8:30 a.m. at Automotive High School. Both boys involved are 17 years old, according to a spokesperson for the union representing New York City school safety agents. The alleged attacker stabbed his classmate twice with a metal comb pick, the union spokesperson said. The […]

  • Man confesses to killing woman who went missing in 2014

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A man has been arrested in connection with the 2014 disappearance of a woman in Brooklyn after he walked into a police precinct and confessed to killing her, dismembering her and dumping her body on the curb in garbage bags, police said. The remains of the victim — identified as Maria Quinones, 58 — have not been found, police said. Ricky Gonzalez, 34, of Beacon, N.Y., walked into a police precinct in Manhattan on Tuesday and told […]

  • New photos released of 5 men wanted in gropings at Splish Splash

    CALVERTON, N.Y. — Police have released new images of men they say are wanted in connection with gropings at Splish Splash Water Park. Officials in Suffolk County earlier this week put out surveillance images of men they considered persons of interest but on Friday said those men were not involved in the assaults. The men seen in the original photos called police and “after conducting interviews with these individuals, it has been determined that they had no involvement in the […]

  • Patient from NY dead in multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken: CDC

    NEW YORK — A multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kosher chicken has killed a patient in New York and sickened more than a dozen others, federal officials said Wednesday. The outbreak has sickened 17 people in New York (11), Pennsylvania (4), Maryland (1) and Virginia (1) as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight patients have been hospitalized. Several patients who were sickened reported having eaten Empire Kosher-brand chicken, the CDC said. The outbreak […]

  • Search is on for hit-and-driver who broke teen’s leg

    WEST HEMPSTEAD, Long Island — A 14-year-old was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Long Island, police said Tuesday as they asked for the public’s help to find the motorist who broke the teen’s leg. The crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. on July 23. The teen was walking east on Eagle Avenue and crossed over Cleveland Street where he was hit, police said. The driver never stopped to identify themselves or help the boy who was just struck. The […]

  • Doctor accused of sexually abusing patient during breast cancer screening may have more victims: DA

    MANHATTAN — A doctor is accused of sexually abusing a patient during a breast cancer screening and investigators believe there may be other victims, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Dr. Mark Jackson, 59, allegedly placed his mouth on a patient’s breasts and forced her hand onto his penis during what was supposed to be a screening for breast cancer, investigators said. The alleged assault happened in September 2017 at the Starting Point Clinic, an addiction treatment facility that […]

  • Serial thieves who robbed 13-year-old and 2 others sought

    NEW YORK — A 13-year-old boy is among the victims targeted by a pair of alleged thieves who during their robberies suggest they’re armed with a gun, police said. Police released photos of the suspected thieves on Wednesday. They said the pair has been linked to at least three robberies in the Bronx and Manhattan on Aug. 12. At 5:30 a.m. that day, the pair allegedly approached a 51-year-old man who was walking to his car, which was parked in […]

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