Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Beth Fertig is a senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs. She focuses on how different New Yorkers interact with the civil and criminal justice systems. Her work explores whether justice is meted out fairly and whether programs within the courts can reduce incarceration and solve social problems. She also covers the federal immigration courts and how changes in immigration law affect New Yorkers under President Donald Trump's administration.

Beth started working at WNYC in 1995 covering city politics and spent many years covering public education. She is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. She also worked on the award-winning WNYC series  “Being 12” and reported on efforts to promote integration in the New York City public schools. Follow her @bethfertig.

Beth is a New York City native who discovered her love for journalism at her college newspaper at the University of Michigan. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. She’s won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism for her series of reports in 2001 about an effort to privatize some struggling city schools.

Beth also won an Edward R. Murrow award for an investigation of a subway fire. And she’s won numerous awards from the city's Deadline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the New York Press Club -- which gave her a special award after the 2001 terrorist attacks for a profile on the friendship of two WTC survivors.

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Who's Really Affected by the Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

President Trump sees Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on his travel ban as a "clear victory" for national security. But immigration advocates aren't so sure.

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ICE Agents Are Showing Up In Human Trafficking Courts

Monday, June 26, 2017

Immigration advocates claim there are more sightings of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in courthouses looking to detain people, including human trafficking victims.

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When ICE Shows Up in Human Trafficking Court

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Immigrant advocates want to make it harder for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest people in any courts, let alone the ones that treat defendants as victims, not criminals.

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Ossining High School Student to Be Deported

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A lawyer for the Westchester high school student from Ecuador who was detained earlier this month said he lost his last attempt to remain in the U.S. and will be deported.

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Cyclists Call for More Safety Following Two Deaths in a Week

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Two bicycle riders were killed in separate incidents within days of each other in Chelsea, prompting renewed calls for more and better bike lanes.

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Outcry After Immigration Agents Seen at Queens Human Trafficking Court

Friday, June 16, 2017

New York State's Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said she's greatly concerned that federal immigration agents were in a human trafficking court in Queens.

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Immigration Agency Rejects Ossining Student's Deportation Appeal

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ossining High School student Diego Puma Macancela was detained last week on the day of his senior prom. He lost an appeal of his deportation order.

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N.Y. Immigration Courts Face 2-Year Delay After Judges Sent To The Border

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Trump administration is temporarily moving immigration judges to courts near the southern border, making delays in New York worse.

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Supporters Rally for Ossining High School Student Detained by ICE

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ossining residents and immigration advocates rallied outside the Federal Building in Lower Manhattan to protest the detention of Diego Ismael Puma Macancela last week.

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Immigration Agents Arrest Ossining High School Student

Friday, June 09, 2017

Westchester immigration advocates insist a 19-year-old high school student should have been given more time to appeal an unfavorable ruling.

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Albany Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Faster Trials

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Ever since Kalief Browder committed suicide in 2016 after waiting almost three years on Rikers for a trial, advocates of criminal justice reform have been lobbying for speedier trials.

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Brooklyn District Attorney's Race Heats Up Heading into Summer Campaign

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Bail reform, protecting immigrants and the integrity of prosecutions were all topics at a candidates forum for the seven Democrats running for Brooklyn District Attorney.

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Missing: New York Immigration Judges

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

As part of a crackdown on illegal immigration, the Trump Administration is assigning judges from the nation's busiest immigration court to the border where some say they're not needed.

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Why New York's Immigration Court Is Even Busier, With Fewer Judges, Under Trump

Monday, June 05, 2017

New York City has the nation’s busiest immigration court. But it doesn’t have enough judges. A WNYC analysis found that Trump Administration policies have cause even more chaos.

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NY Attorney General Closes Bronx Businessman's Charity

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The decision forces Carlos Davila to stop selling his homemade 'National Identification' cards to immigrants, following an investigation by WNYC and Telemundo 47.

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Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty in Sexting Case

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weiner cried as he apologized to the teenager with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse," the former congressman said in court.

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'Perfect Storm For Exploitation': Program To Defend Immigrants Draws Scrutiny

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Justice Department has recruited thousands of people without law degrees to help defend immigrants. Now, a man who sold misleading ID cards for $200 is prompting more oversight at the department.

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Immigration Lawyers Call For More Oversight Of U.S. Representation Program

Friday, May 12, 2017

With a shortage of lawyers to represent immigrants, the Justice Department has recruited thousands of people without law degrees to help. One of those representatives has come under scrutiny.

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Congresswoman Calls for More Oversight of Non-Lawyers Representing Immigrants

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Following a WNYC-Telemundo 47 investigation, Rep. Velázquez wants closer scrutiny of a federal program that allowed a man with criminal convictions to represent immigrants in court.

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When Immigrants Are Vulnerable to Scams

Monday, May 08, 2017

A convicted felon is nevertheless certified to represent immigrants in court by the DOJ — and is now selling cards that falsely promise to protect his clients from deportation.

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