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:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Supreme Court could make same-sex marriage the law of the land, but for years the issue wasn't on the radar of most gay and lesbian activists.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A $1.6 billion ultraviolet light facility cleans New York City's water supply — and makes a unique hum in the bargain.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Don't tell California, but the New York City water supply is leaking up to 35 million gallons of water every day.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
In this episode, WNYC editor Karen Frillman sits down for an intimate conversation with Nikki Silva, one half of the Peabody-award-winning Kitchen Sisters team.
Monday, June 01, 2015
As politicians in Albany spar over education, those on the front lines of the state's poorest schools say poverty needs to be part of the discussion.
Friday, May 08, 2015
Playing competitive ice hockey is expensive — thousands per year. Ice Hockey In Harlem aims to remove those financial barriers so young people who can't afford it can still play.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Following an evening rally in Union Square, scores of protesters were arrested throughout the city after police warned them on megaphones not to march in the street.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Wall Street's new historical marker will explain that in the 1700s, New York had an official location for buying, selling and renting human beings.
Friday, April 10, 2015
As the NY Islanders decamp from the Nassau Coliseum to The Barclays Center, a deeply felt fan culture is about to fade away.
Monday, March 30, 2015
As high-end restaurants and luxury condos come to represent a diversifying Harlem, the barbershops remain largely black establishments. But patrons and shop owners are starting to adapt.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Alley Ene was 17 when a basketball scout brought him to the U.S. Ene dreamed of earning a college scholarship; two years later, he was off the court and homeless. This is his story.
Friday, February 13, 2015
The new Off-Broadway play "Rasheeda Speaking," starring Tony Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, is a stunning example of how racism can thrive on a micro level in everyday interactions.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
In this hour-long special, we look ahead to what scientists say our climate will be like four decades from now: warmer and rainier, with a greater likelihood of flooding.
Monday, December 22, 2014
The deaths of actors Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year linked to drugs and alcohol re-surfaced the question of why artists struggle with substance abuse.
Friday, December 19, 2014
When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.
Monday, December 15, 2014
As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.
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.
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.
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.
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.