Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.
Since joining WNYC in 2009, Chang has earned national recognition for her investigative reporting. In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, one of the highest awards in broadcast journalism, for her two-part investigative series on allegations of illegal searches and unlawful marijuana arrests by the New York City Police Department. The reports also earned an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Chang has investigated how Detroit's broken public defender system leaves the poor with lawyers who are often too underpaid and overworked to provide adequate defense. For that story, Chang won the 2010 Daniel Schorr Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award and an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In 2011, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association named Chang as the winner of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting for radio. She has also appeared as a guest on PBS NewsHour and other television programs for her legal reporting.
Chang received her bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University, her law degree from Stanford Law School, a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Masters degree in media law from Oxford University where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
She was also a law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before her arrival at WNYC, Chang was a Kroc Fellow for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. and a reporter for KQED public radio in San Francisco. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ailsa Chang appears in the following:
Friday, July 14, 2017
That meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was two decades in the making. It began in 1996, when an adventurous American went to Russia, trying to make a buck.
Friday, June 30, 2017
A wave of litigation by state attorneys general against the biggest opioid manufacturers and distributors feels reminiscent of lawsuits brought by states in the 1990s against the tobacco industry.
Friday, May 26, 2017
You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
A decades-old economic theory is making a comeback. The theory: tax cuts can pay for themselves. Trump administration advisers have repeated this mantra to explain their corporate tax rate cut.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Pharmaceutical distributors — the middle men in the opioid epidemic — have already been paying out millions to federal and state law enforcement officials for the companies' role in the crisis. But a new front in the legal battle against opioids has opened. One personal injury lawyer in small-town West Virginia has come up with a creative legal theory to go after these distributors so that small, ravaged communities can collect too.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world.
Friday, April 07, 2017
NPR's Planet Money team explores why Irish bars look so similar all over the world and what happens when you take an authentic national experience and turn it into an export.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
On Day 2 of his confirmation hearing, the U.S. Supreme Court nominee answers one question before the Senate Judiciary Committee with this: "I have one client, it's the law."
Thursday, March 16, 2017
President Trump says he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. It's such a big number that it's hard to wrap your head around it. We try to figure out what that actually buys.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan welcomed the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, but many lawmakers have unanswered questions about contacts between the Trump team and Russia.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Maine Republican Susan Collins recently opposed Betsy DeVos for education secretary. Collins will be at the center of some of President Trump's big fights, from health care to the Supreme Court.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
With Republicans in control of a closely divided Senate, Susan Collins, a centrist GOP senator from Maine, has once again emerged as a critical voice and vote on big issues.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
President Trump encouraged Senate Republicans to "go nuclear" if Democrats filibuster his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. But it's not clear either side is prepared to take things that far and upend Senate order.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant ninth seat on Tuesday. There are a series of actions required to make the replacement official; it is expected to take months.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Trump supporters packed in near the Capitol to watch the new president take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address on Friday.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
A late-night "vote-a-rama" set in motion the process for gutting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a way that evades Democrats' threat of a filibuster.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Protesters interrupted the hearing where Jeff Sessions was being considered as Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Groups oppose the nomination over Sessions' record on civil and voting rights.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
President Obama heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to talk to Democrats about how to protect the Affordable Care Act from being dismantled by Republicans.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Congress is back, and Republican leaders are ready to push an ambitious agenda with unified GOP control of Capitol Hill and the White House for the first time in a decade.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
What happens to sexual relationships after service members return from combat? Former Marine Chuck Rotenberry and his wife, Liz, open up about their struggles with sex and his PTSD.