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Ailsa Chang

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:

1 Vote Keeps Keystone XL Pipeline From Senate Passage

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All 45 Republicans were on board, but the bill fell short of just one Democrat. It's a project President Obama has not been a fan of.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent in the Senate, says he may run for president.

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Sen. Landrieu Takes Up Keystone Cause Ahead Of Runoff Election

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator is fighting to keep her seat in a December runoff. An identical bill sponsored by her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, has already passed the Senate.

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Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell has wanted to be Senate majority leader since grade school. Now, as he starts his sixth term in office, he'll finally get his wish.

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McConnell Faces Challenges From GOP Conservatives, Obama's Veto Pen

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is in line to go from the Senate's minority leader to majority leader. He will have a majority smaller than the one Democrat Harry Reid has enjoyed.

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After 8 Years, Republicans Win Control Of U.S. Senate

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The GOP scored major victories in the midterm elections. The wins reshape the political dynamic in Washington and complicate the legislative agenda for President Obama's final two years in office.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Has More Than Most Riding On Midterm Elections

Monday, November 03, 2014

If the GOP takes over the Senate, the man expected to become majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But first, he has to win a sixth term in a state where his popularity has been sagging.

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After Sunday Service, Georgia Churches Get Souls To The Polls

Monday, October 27, 2014

If Democrat Michelle Nunn wins in Georgia, it will likely be because of strong African-American voter turnout. Black churches are busing congregants to early voting locations after Sunday services.

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The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

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College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Country music isn't the only American cultural institution rallying in the South. Commentator Frank Deford says the region has triumphed in college football, taking over where Big Ten had ruled.

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Health Officials Face Ebola Questions On Capitol Hill

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A day after news that a second healthcare worker in Texas has Ebola, members of Congress grilled Centers for Disease Control and Prevent Director Tom Frieden about the federal response.

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Female Vets Say They'll Put Country First, Even On Capitol Hill

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A military resume has long been a big plus for political candidates. Only five female veterans have served in Congress, but 11 are running this year — including Republican Wendy Rogers in Arizona.

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In N.H. Race, A Rematch Of A Rematch

Monday, September 29, 2014

Voters in New Hampshire's 1st District have swung back and forth in recent congressional elections. This year, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter meets former GOP Rep. Frank Guinta for the third time.

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National Security May Not Resonate At The Polls This Fall

Friday, September 26, 2014

With ISIS dominating headlines nearly every day, Republicans are hoping to play on long-held stereotypes that Democrats are weaker on national security. But voters may not take the bait.

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Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Friday, September 19, 2014

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.

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Senate To Vote On Bill To Authorize Arming Syrian Rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn't split down party lines.

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Expanding ISIS Fight Scrambles GOP Plan To Extend Budget And Get Out

Friday, September 12, 2014

House Republicans were hoping for a smooth two weeks before hitting the campaign trial, but a request to arm Syrian rebels has muddled that, as well as the one bill that must pass before they leave.

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Pryor Sticks To The Middle In Close Arkansas Senate Race

Monday, September 08, 2014

Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor is running one of the closest Senate races in the country. Arkansas has grown more Republican, but he hopes to win a third term on his reputation as a down-the-middle guy.

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When Senate Returns From Recess, Ferguson Will Top The Docket

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The controversy surrounding the police showdown with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., will be coming to Congress. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has scheduled a hearing to look into the confrontation.

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McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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