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:

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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Chasing a Golden Generation of New York City Runners

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Millrose Games in Manhattan on Saturday will mix current high school girl runners with their idols: former city kids who came back from the Rio Olympics with gold.

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Why President Obama Kept Coming to New York

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It brings in the money and buffs his image. It also links him to a city that some Americans view with suspicion.

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Before Trump Tower Was a Symbol, It Was Simply (And Not So Simply) Architecture

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Its construction included at least one broken promise, and sparked a few feuds.

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Immigrant Rights March Takes Manhattan

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Demonstrating against the anticipated crackdown on immigrants in New York, and America.

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Whores and Hell Beasts: An Earth-Shaking Treatise Is in New York

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Written by Martin Luther and nailed to a church door in 1517, a rare copy from the original print run of the 95 Theses is now on view at The Morgan Library and Museum.

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The Irony of an Environmental Award for the New York Yankees

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It's a reminder of the team's miscalculation about driving vs. transit.

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