Emmy® Award-winning reporter Pei-Sze Cheng is a member of NBC 4 New York’s investigative unit, the I-Team.
Cheng’s investigations have generated results for viewers throughout the Tri-State region. In one case, her reporting on a teenager’s overdose, which included shocking social media footage, led local police to make an arrest in the case.
A series of Cheng-led investigations also found dozens of traffic signs – one way, do not enter and wrong way – missing on ramps and intersections on Routes 4 and 46 in New Jersey, both of which have had deadly wrong-way crashes in recent years. These led to the installation of new traffic signs and the introduction of new state legislation to further remedy the situation. These actions came shortly after Cheng’s investigation of Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County found scores of “wrong way” signs missing from entrance exit ramps. The investigation led to public outcries from elected officials, resulting in the installation of 229 new signs to further safeguard drivers and local residents.
Cheng has also been called upon to travel to Brussels, Belgium and Nice, France following major terrorist attacks in both European cities. She also travelled to Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia as part of NBC 4 New York’s live coverage following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Cheng’s reporting was a key component of NBC 4 New York’s award-winning COVID-19 coverage, honored in January, 2021 with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “creat(ing) a 360 view in real time of the coronavirus pandemic, with courageous and thorough reporting on the virus’s explosion in New York City.” The duPont has long been recognized as the broadcast, documentary and on-line equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, also awarded by Columbia University.
Before becoming a member of the I-Team in 2013, Cheng served as NBC 4 New York general assignment reporter for more than 8 years covering powerful stories such as the Sandy Hook shootings, Superstorm Sandy, the midtown steam explosion, the Sean Bell shooting and the 2005 transit strike.
A native of Suffolk County, Cheng began her reporting career at News 12 Connecticut where she reported for the 5 pm and 10 pm newscasts. She later moved to WFSB-TV in Hartford where she served as the New Haven bureau reporter and fill-in anchor. Here, Cheng covered several high-profile stories including the bombing of the Yale Law School, the 2003 blackout, the trial of former Governor John Rowland and the delayed execution of convicted serial killer Michael Ross.
Cheng is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Deeply rooted in the community, she is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She resides with her family in Nassau County.