Dan joined the station in 2004 as producer of WNYC’s All Things Considered and later moved on to Morning Edition. He works closely with the show’s host to keep the content interesting and fresh. He also handles breaking news, such as the transit strike, and reports on a variety of stories, ranging from the court battle over same sex marriage to the efforts to bring a NASCAR race track to Staten Island.
Prior to joining WNYC, Dan worked at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio for more than two years. There he rose from intern to produce the station’s 2002 election coverage and became an associate editor and director of Eight Forty-Eight, a daily news and cultural affairs show. Dan is proud to say he grew up on Roosevelt Island and, though he has since moved on to Brooklyn, he happened to be there the night a power failure left the tram stuck over the East River for hours on end. Dan got his start in radio at Wesleyan University’s WESU where he hosted a jazz music show and called play by play for baseball and football games.
Dan Blumberg appears in the following:
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Time Warner plans to spin off AOL into a separate company. It's a move that's been expected for months and marks the end of an ill-fated media marriage. WNYC's Dan Blumberg reports.
In a joint statement, the CEO's of AOL and Time Warner say splitting into two companies will help both ...
Thursday, April 09, 2009
We achieved a rare feat on Morning Edition today. In the span of just eight minutes we took you from Springfield's Homer to ancient Greece's Homer!
Homer and his fellow ...
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Governor Paterson says if New York's fiscal situation doesn't improve, more budget cuts and layoffs could be in store. The governor says corporate tax receipts were down in March and he's concerned that income tax revenue will be down, too. He says everything will be on the table -- and ...
Friday, April 03, 2009
Need a break from all the 'economy going to hell' stories? We did this morning and were glad to have this tribute to RUN D-M-C on Morning Edition today. The band is not the first ...
Monday, March 30, 2009
Governor Paterson and legislative leaders formally unveiled their spending plan for the fiscal year that begins on Wednesday. The $131.8 billion budget relies on federal stimulus money, a slew of new taxes, including ones on the wealthy, and slower health care growth to bridge a $17.7 billion deficit. Despite a ...
Monday, March 23, 2009
What’s the best way to apologize to customers when instead of flying them to Chicago, they must brace for impact and pray to survive an emergency landing? Well, if you’re American Airlines, you “take the opportunity to apologize” for “disrupting [their] travel plans” and provide an e-voucher for $250. Below, we have the letter sent to passengers on board the March 11th flight that was supposed to be a simple flight from LaGuardia to Chicago, but – thanks to an engine malfunction – ended with an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport with fire trucks and ambulances at the ready. No one was hurt, though many were “inconvenienced.”
What’s the best corporate apology letter you’re ever received? Add a comment.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Helicopters, photographers, tai chi, oh my! Listen to WNYC's Arun Venugopal describe the scene outside the Lower Manhattan courthouse where Bernard Madoff later pled guilty to fraud, saying he was 'sorry and ashamed.' Madoff told the judge he began the fraud in response to a recession, but believed it would ...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
There was an emergency landing at JFK airport this morning, but officials say there is no sign of a bird strike. American Airlines Flight 309 took off from LaGuardia, but quickly lost power in one engine and was forced to land at JFK. No one was injured. We spoke to ...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Here are the key numbers for 3/3/09, a.k.a. Square Root Day:
11% - How much the cost of a typical Manhattan apartment increased last year. Prices of Manhattan condos and co-ops all went up. The only problem: there were 25% fewer deals and apartments were two and a half ...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Fearing US Airways Flight 1549 had crashed and no one would survive, air traffic controller Patrick Harten said he was an emotional wreck after the plane disappeared from his radar screen. Harten is speaking about the crash for the first time, as the US House holds a hearing today on what lessons the nation can learn from the averted disaster.
Harten recalled how he told pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to return to LaGuardia, then offered up a runway at Teterboro. Sullenberger replied that his plane was 'gonna be in the Hudson” and the rest of the “miracle” is history. Only Harten didn’t trust Sully’s flying prowess: “People don’t survive landings on the Hudson River,” he said today, “I thought it was his own death sentence.”
After the plane disappeared from his radar, Harten was relieved from his duty, saying he was in no shape to guide planes through the air. He said that moment was 'his lowest low.' He couldn't even speak to his wife, opting to send a text message instead: 'Had a crash. I'm not OK. Can't talk right now.'
Listen here for Harten's entire opening statement before the House Aviation Committee:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Give A-Rod credit. He did what many Major Leaguers would not dare do. Still, the city's sports columnists were not too impressed with Alex Rodriguez's admission that he used steroids. A-Rod or A-Roid, as the tabloids now call him, says he used steroids after he signed the richest contract in sports history with the Texas Rangers. He says he's not sure what steroid he used, wouldn't say where he got it, and says it was only from 2001 to 2003, while he was with the Texas Rangers. He says his Yankee days have been squeaky clean.
Here's Mike Lupica's take on the admission in the Daily News:
'You have to shake your head with this guy. Because only A-Rod, on a day when he made this kind of confession, could also try to sell you this:
'I took the drugs to make myself even better than I already was ... and then discovered that I am even greater without them!
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Monday, December 29, 2008
It would be an understatement to call 2008 "an eventful year." From the drama of the presidential election to the financial meltdown, 2008 was certainly historic. As we listen back on the year that was, it seems like New Yorkers were always in the middle of things.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Guns and football. It's a combination that's far more common than just the Plaxico Burress incident this weekend. The Giants put an end to the star wide receiver's season and suspended him for action's "detrimental to the team." But Burress is certainly not the only athlete who carries a gun. ...
Friday, October 03, 2008
The Mets collapsed. The Yankees never came together and for the first time in more than a decade there is no baseball in New York this October. That means fans here may focus on other sports a little earlier than usual this year: basketball, football, maybe even hockey! The NHL ...
Friday, October 03, 2008
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the term limits law changed so he can have a third term and shepherd New York through the financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly speaks to Dan Blumberg about the ramifications of Bloomberg's move.