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.
Ethnic enclaves are among the jewels of New York — places where the city's immigrants can ease their way into American life. But there's a serious downside: they stifle English proficiency and limit opportunities to climb the economic ladder.
The federal government grants a prized 2 inch by 3 inch document – a green card – to a million people a year. Two thirds are family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. But the legal path to this coveted document is often arduous and long. On a recent day, one family reached the end of that journey after almost 20 years.
The teens were called JayJay, Rozay, Sadonte, Kiki, BeeJay, Asia, K.T., MaoMao, Shallie and Rasmoove by the people who loved them best. They were the unlucky ones in a year of record low homicides. We spent a year profiling their lives.
When the Supreme Court struck down the key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June, it was a moment of jubilation for same-sex binational couples. Many immediately applied to sponsor their spouses for green cards. WNYC’s Mirela Iverac was there as one couple took the final step in that process.
In New York City, 1.8 million people use food stamp, including 24-year-old Yale graduate Hugo Martinez Bernardino. Bernardino, along with one in five New Yorkers, saw food stamp benefits go down last week. Now a debate in Washington is underway about whether to implement larger cuts.
This week, a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death for the killings of 18 people during the country's war of independence from Pakistan, in 1971.
Early on Oct. 29, 2012, tropical storm Sandy, churning through Atlantic Ocean waters in an easterly direction along America's Eastern Seaboard, hit a high pressure cold front and curved north-northeast. It was a left turn that became a left hook, aimed straight at the ribs of New Jersey.
In New York, the majority of those who die working construction are Latinos and immigrants, according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy.
Immigration courts are re-opening Friday, but it’s unclear how hearings that were canceled during the shutdown will be rescheduled.
Over 700,000 Latinos are registered to vote in New York City — is it any wonder that mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota are both courting them? But Lhota is doing worse on this score than Republicans traditionally do. For the first time in 25 years, a Republican might win fewer than three in 10 Hispanic votes.
Think we learned something from all those Sandy stories of disabled people trapped in high-rises struggling to survive? Think again.
Disability rights groups are suing New York City in Federal Court saying the city's emergency plans are discriminatory and violate federal laws. A ruling could come any day now.
Suyapa is used to worrying. She’s at the New York Presbyterian Hospital with her 10-year-old daughter Fatima who’s getting a blood transfusion.
In a recent debate Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and Ken Thompson, a well-known private attorney, traded barbs and accusations ranging from annihilating opponents to representing corrupt politicians.
In August, life is supposed to slow down. But in the city, things never seem to let up. So WNYC's Amy Pearl thought, why not get away from it all? Go out into the woods and hike the Appalachian Trail for a couple days with just her dog Cola for company. Totally unplugged. Well, almost.
Teenagers to 70-year-olds, hand in hand, form a circle as they dance to the music of a live brass band. As the circle moves, the dance hall vibrates. Welcome to the Balkan dance and music camp. At 10 p.m., the party is just getting started.
As part of the ruling in the class action lawsuit challenging the way the NYPD conducts its stop-and-frisk tactic, federal Judge Shira Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor, 71-year-old Peter Zimroth.
Mayor Cory Booker touts the gunshot detection technology he brought in to combat gun violence. But, the impact of the technology has been, at best, modest.
Only a few months ago some politicians predicted that this summer an immigration reform bill would be on President Obama’s desk ready for signing. But as Congress goes on recess, the House of Representatives hasn’t yet put together a bill. That, however, doesn't mean both Republicans and Democrats aren’t plotting a way forward in this high-stakes game.
A former supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant was arrested Tuesday for allegedly falsifying records in an effort to keep the plant from having to shut down. It's just the latest headache for owner Entergy Corporation, which has been trying since 2007 to get the plant's two 40-year-old reactors relicensed.
In this episode of Micropolis, we ask whether it's possible for black men to avoid being profiled. For some black men, the answer is yes, but it involves making compromises -- in terms of clothing, language and manner -- that others find detestable.