It’s a fabled career that most could not even dream of having. Marvin Scott has been a journalist in print and television for more than a half-century.
A member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Scott has amassed more than 10 Emmy Awards.
Now, the longtime WPIX reporter is going through the vault for his autobiography, As I Saw It: A Reporter’s Intrepid Journey (Beaufort Books).
We learn the inner workings of his street cred and building of sources and (the topical) leaks. Scott takes you overseas to war zones in Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Suez Canal. But the whole book is worth it just to read his chilling account of 9/11. Scott, frustrated and stuck in New Jersey, would not sit idly by as the towers were targets of terror.
Before cementing his legendary tenure in New York at WPIX, Scott was part of Channel 5’s upstart Ten O’Clock News. It all started for a 14-year-old Scott when he sold a photo to the New York Daily News.
He was there for the Beatles’ euphoria in 1964 when they arrived at Kennedy Airport and the dread 16 years later when John Lennon was gunned down.
Scott delves into some investigative pieces that still resonate decades later and some interviews that stand the test of time like PLO leader Yassar Arafat.
There’s also a riveting behind-the-scenes account of a scoop that slipped through his fingers when President Obama would announce Osama bin Laden was dead.
The events jump off the page as Scott freshens memories and educates a new generation. You don’t have to be a broadcasting fan to enjoy this great read.
This barely scratches the surface on the 300 pages where we learn the most important of the “5 W’s” — why — because he loves the work!
By JERRY BARMASH
We know about Magee Hickey‘s talent as a news reporter. She has been on our TV screens for more than 30 years. It may not come across on the air, but if Hickey puts her mind to something–it gets done.
Over the weekend, WPIX’s Hickey showed off her altruistic abilities as she ran the 3rd annual Cabaret event to benefit the Lawrence F. Hickey Center in the Bronx, which teaches students with developmental disabilties. The school honors Magee’s dad, who was a tireless volunteer at the school, run by Astor Children’s Services.
With that backdrop, Hickey called her friends and colleagues from the many TV stations she’s worked for to give their time by performing.
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Hickey opened the event with a self-effacing parody of the My Fair Lady classic, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face. No one can accuse the popular redhead of being an introvert. She swayed and held the high notes. The tone for the afternoon was set when she walked on stage with a mic stand, complete with mic flags representing the six New York broadcast outlets she’s worked for during her career.
In the next 90 minutes, the stage at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, where Magee went to school, was lined with her PIX co-workers.