Mona Rivera

Mona Rivera has covered everything from politics, crime, and business, to human interest stories. She was proud to fly with the Navy Blue Angels and not throw up or pass out during the aerobatic maneuvers!

You first heard Mona on WINS in March 2001. Prior to that, her career included stints as the news director of WQXR, the radio station of The New York Times; a national network anchor for the CBS Radio network; and a street reporter and anchor at WNEW-AM & FM. She has freelanced for The Wall Street Journal Radio network, NBC Radio News, and WPIX-TV.

Mona has won numerous awards including the prestigious Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and broadcast awards from the National Commission on Working Women.

Mona has an MBA in finance and a BA in journalism, both from New York University, where she was appointed a Macmillan Fellow for business journalism.

Mona is thrilled to be part of the WINS team. “I love digging for stories and interviews. To be working for 1010 WINS, the most listened to station in America, is a dream come true. I realize our stories have an impact on people’s lives and it’s a huge challenge and responsibility.” You can e-mail Mona at:

Jamie and Michael Mazzei at North Shore University Hospital right before the transplant on June 19, 2011. (credit: Violet Mazzei)

Long Island Father, Son Share A Business And Now A Kidney

A kidney transplant is the latest joint venture of Michael and Jamie Mazzei, the father and son who operate one of Long Island’s premier beauty and style establishments, NuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset.


Ashley, Lauren and Gabrielle D'Annunzio on July 13, 2011. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Sisters File Sexual Harassment Suit Against Popular Long Island Restaurant

Three sisters from Port Washington filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ayhan’s Fish Kebab Restaurant where they once worked.


Evelyn and Hortense Edwards with photo of their late mother (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Stunning Grave Mix-Up Leads To $25 Million Lawsuit Against N.J. Cemetery

Evelyn and Hortense Edwards have filed a $25 million lawsuit after discovering their mother was buried in a different plot from the one they purchased at the Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, N.J. after she died in 1990.


John Benstock (credit: Handout/Nassau County Police Department)

More ‘Inappropriate Contact’ Charges For L.I. Teacher John Benstock

John Benstock, a music teacher in the Locust Valley School District, has been indicted on 31 counts for inappropriate contact with 14 children.


Detectives at the Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead investigate firecracker incident. (credit: Mona Rivera, 1010 WINS)

Hempstead Police Investigating Firecracker Incident That Injured 6

Authorities said the the incident happened around 11 a.m. at the Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead while students were registering for summer classes.


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Police: Medford Pharmacy Gunman ‘Armed & Dangerous’; Hunt Continues

Police Commissioner Richard Dormer also issued a word of caution to pharmacies — especially smaller stores — to be extra vigilant.


Aalique Grahame (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Sole Valedictorian Named At Malverne High School After GPA Calculation Error

Thursday night, the Malverne Board of Education named Aalique Grahame as valedictorian for the class of 2011.


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20 Melville Costco Employees Claim $202 Million Powerball Jackpot

The New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega awarded the $202 million prize to 20 Costco employees at the Melville store where they all work.


John Coltrane's home in Dix Hills (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane’s Home In Dix Hills Makes ‘Most Endangered’ List

John Coltrane’s home on Long Island, where he wrote “A Love Supreme,” has deteriorated due to a lack of funds.


Protestors outside Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's office in Mineola. (credit: Mona Rivera, 1010 WINS)

Nassau County Names New Firm To Run Long Island Bus As Critics Protest Move

The plan is for the company to take over Long Island Bus next January, but opponents argue the deal will mean higher fares and fewer bus routes.


Matthew Colantonio (Photo credit: handout)

Nick Tropeano And Matthew Colantonio, Both Long Island Natives, Picked In MLB Draft

A pitcher from Suffolk and a catcher from Nassau have had dreams of making the big leagues. Now they’re one step closer.


Thomas Moroughan at court in Central Islip (credit: Mona Rivera)

Charges Dropped Against Cab Driver Thomas Moroughan Shot During Dispute With L.I. Cops

Thomas Moroughan, 26, was arrested on February 27 in Huntington Station after the two Nassau County police officers said the cab driver confronted them and tried to run one of them over. He was planning to file a lawsuit.


Bar surveillance tape purporting to show Nassau Police Officer Richard Hefferon pointing gun at bartender Charlie Ball (credit: Handout)

Nassau County Police Officer Charged With Pointing Loaded Gun At Farmingdale Bartender

Farmingdale Bartender Charlie Ball describes how he felt the night an off-duty Nassau County police officer pointed a gun in his face and says he’s relieved over the officer’s arrest.


Islanders owner Charles Wang watches Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano sign Coliseum referendum bill into law (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Mangano Signs Voter Referendum Bill For New Nassau Coliseum, Vote Set For Aug. 1

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano signed off on a county legislature bill authorizing an August 1 vote. Approval would clear the way for the New York Islanders to remain on Long Island until 2045.


Coney Island (credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

New Yorkers Flock To Beaches On Memorial Day

With temperatures likely tipping the 90’s, thousands were planning to to spend a much-needed holiday soaking up the sun and cooling off in the water.




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