Jim O'Grady

Reporter, WNYC News

Jim O'Grady is a features reporter at WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

Jim lives in Brooklyn.  

Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

The One Thing About Brooklyn That's not Talked About Enough

Saturday, September 16, 2017

No biggie, but a battle that decided the fate of America was fought in Brooklyn late in the summer of 1776.

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The First Fatal NYPD Encounter Caught on a Body Camera

Friday, September 15, 2017

WNYC Reporter Jim O'Grady and Carla Rabinowitz, an advocacy coordinator, talk about the first fatal NYPD encounter caught on a body camera.  

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NYPD Releases Footage of Fatal Shooting Caught on Bodycam

Thursday, September 14, 2017

WNYC has obtained video of the first such fatal police encounter captured on the devices since officers began wearing them this year.

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Just Like That, a Confederate Plaque Is Evicted from Bay Ridge

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The marker to Robert E. Lee had been there since 1912.

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Protesters Return to Trump Tower for Second Night

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Demonstrators gathered on Fifth Avenue for the second night in a row to show opposition to, and support of, President Trump.

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Twenty Years Later: The Police Assault on Abner Louima and What it Means

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The horrific attack in the bathroom of an NYPD precinct house in Brooklyn changed New York, but maybe not enough.

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Girlfriend Tried Desperately to Stop Man from Killing Cop

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The girlfriend of Alexander Bonds, the man who fatally shot an NYPD officer in the Bronx early Wednesday, called 911 in the hours before the murder, and tried to stay with him.

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Erie Canal, 200 Today, Made New York a Global City

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

It connected the abundance of the Heartland to New York, which left all other ports in its wake.

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America's Fourth: Beyond Pie and BBQs

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

As we come to celebrate the independence of America on the Fourth of July, we talk about the holiday's past, present, and future.   

New Jersey Shuts Down Beaches and Fun as Holiday Weekend Begins

Monday, July 03, 2017

Beaches and parks lie empty as Gov. Christie and the state Assembly play chicken over the budget.

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200 Firefighters Contain Five-Alarm Blaze in Greenwich Village

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Over 40 fire engines and trucks responded to the fire, which is now contained.

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The MTA's New Chairman Knows the Job — He's Already Held It

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Joe Lhota is credited with getting the subway system on its feet again quickly after Sandy. And he has a combative streak. Will that work this time around?

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'It Was the Scariest Night of My Life': When Seniors Go Missing in New York

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

As New York City ages, NYPD issues three Silver Alerts per week, each one harrowing in its own way.

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Ellis Island Still Holds the Single-Day Record for Immigration — Here's Why

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One day in April, Ellis Island processed more new arrivals than any other in American history. This is why — and how immigration policy then compares to now.

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America's Allergy to Intellect — Why It Keeps Flaring Up

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What's up, America? Why the qualms about erudition and expertise? Where does this wariness spring from, and what role did it play in the rise of Donald Trump?

Why the @FakeMTA Joke Train Rolls On

Thursday, March 23, 2017

As fares rise, frustrated straphangers turn to a satirical Twitter account.

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The Mets' Bill Webb, Who Helped Create the Modern Look of Baseball, Dies at 70

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Webb introduced quick-cuts, close-ups, and reaction shots into the visual vocabulary of TV baseball. And he "made sure you understood the drama and the humanity of the moment." 

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"Day Without Immigrants" Shutters Eateries In New York

Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's part of a nationwide protest to demonstrate the importance of immigrant labor to the economy.

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Immigrant Rights Hotline, Three Days Old, Already Swamped

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

After ICE arrested dozens of people last week, the Legal Aid Society in New York has been fielding a lot of anxious phone calls.

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Feds Arrest 40 Immigrants in Five Days Around New York

Monday, February 13, 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says this wasn't an unusual number of arrests for a week-long operation, but immigrant communities fear a spike in deportations under Trump.

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