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Karen Frillmann

Enterprise Editor, WNYC News

Karen Frillmann, WNYC's Enterprise Editor, works on the original and agenda setting stories that emerge from the microphones and recorders of WNYC’s reporting staff. She got her start in broadcast journalism at WNYC when it was still New York City’s Municipal Broadcasting System. 

As a producer, she launched Senior Edition which helped establish WNYC as a destination for talk and public affairs. She worked for five years as a freelance reporter and producer contributing to National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. As a senior producer at Simon and Schuster Audio, Karen worked with Alice Walker, Bob Woodward, Hunter S. Thompson  Stephen Ambrose and many other notable authors. She returned to public radio as an editor and co-producer for a series of documentaries which included an exploration of the changing NY Waterfront, the 1968 New York City teacher’s school strike and the changes in the city six months after the attacks of September 11th.  She took on the senior editorial position in the newsroom in 2003. 

Awards for her reporting and editing achievements include recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Armstrong Award, the Dupont-Columbia University Awards,  the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, The Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Award, The Associated Press Broadcasters Association,  the Newswomen’s Club of New York and  the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from whom she received a Grammy nomination for her production of  “War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars.”     

Growing up in southeast Queens and having lived in various neighborhoods around the city, Karen is very happy to continue to document and report on her hometown. On summer weekends, she can be found swimming upriver in the Hudson where she has helped to establish a free floating river pool in Beacon, NY.    

Karen Frillmann appears in the following:

PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters

Monday, December 15, 2014

As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.
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A War on Christmas? Not in New York City

Monday, December 15, 2014

In multicultural New York City, even non-Christians get a kick out of the holiday spirit.  Micropolis talks to Aasif Mandvi, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Hasidic Jews from Borough Park.
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The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 
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Why 160 Immigrant Teens Call an Old Bus Depot 'School'

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A Long Island district claims its main high school is full, but a state report found these new students aren’t getting proper instruction. The deadline for setting a new plan: today.

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Gone, But Not Forgotten

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Individuals make a difference. This is the story of a young soldier who didn't make it home alive from World War 1 but whose act of courage helped bring the end of the war. 

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Six Months After 9/11: The Weight of the Grief Hung in the Air

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Six months after September 11,  the city continued to reel from the shock of the attacks. We began to ask the questions that would help us put the city together again. 

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Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.

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The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

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The Best Place to Spot Women in NYC? Broadway

Monday, October 20, 2014

Almost 70% of the Broadway audience is female, and that percentage is growing. The trend is a deciding factor on what succeeds or not on the Great White Way.

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What Didn't Change After 9/11

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some New Yorkers still duck when they hear a plane, but the uptick in praise for the NYPD didn't last. Our "25 Years in 25 Days" series looks at 9/11's impact on our daily lives.

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Future Storms Could Lead to Financial Disaster

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In 2050, a storm comparable to Sandy could cause $90 billion of damage. That's 4.5 times the damage the storm inflicted in 2012—equal to the entire economy of Ecuador.

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Extreme High Tides Could Flood Our City's Streets

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The sea level around Manhattan increased a foot over the past century. By 2050, scientists predict it will climb another 18 inches, making mild storms as destructive as hurricanes.

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Forecast Calls for More Rain Than We Can Handle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Current predictions find the New York City of 2050 will have more frequent heavy rainstorms, which means in a city with an aging sewer system, it's going to be messy.

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As Temperatures Climb, So Does the Risk of Blackouts

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As it is, New York City sets a new record for electricity demand every year or two. No one can be sure what 2050 will bring, but if we're not ready, the grid could fail.   

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New York City Could Get as Hot as Alabama in 2050

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By 2050, NYC will likely experience 45 days at or above 90 degrees Farenheit. That's a month and a half of sweltering days, which could be deadly.  

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The Abandoned Garden of Prospect Park

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Forgotten NY? Not much left, but there is a secret sanctuary called the Vale of Cashmere.

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Corn, Tamales, and the Apple Marys: A Brief History of Women Street Vendors

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Finding the most authentic ethnic food in NYC gives one bragging rights. The street vendors who sell their wares, though, are looking for rights of a different kind.

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All Quiet on the Seventh Floor

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A New York poet in search of solitude finds her secret sanctuary nestled deep inside the campus of Columbia University.

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Desperately Seeking Rooftop View

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"There’s nothing that gives me more pure joy than just being out alone rock-climbing or hiking on top of a beautiful mountain. So for me that’s a large part of why I like to get on rooftops. I get some of that same feeling."

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My Own Private Rockaway

Thursday, August 07, 2014

"It's invigorating to be unhurried, unwatched on nature's timetable," says Quito Ziegler, who escapes to the city's farthest edges in search of respite from the chaos of daily life.

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