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, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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."
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
This is the 25th year of the Brian Lehrer Show, and all this fall we'll be marking it with a year-by-year look at some of the defining stories from 1989 through 2014. Right now, we're at the brainstorming stage, also known as the "remember that thing that happened that year?" stage. And we need your help!
In the spreadsheet below, the producers of the show are starting to fill in items from each year (thanks Wikipedia!), but we've opened the spreadsheet for you to help remember what really mattered. So join in when you have a few minutes, starting with any year. A few guidelines:
- We're looking for items that had a public impact, both local, national and international. There will be opportunities for you to reflect on your personal memories from each year soon, but for now we're taking suggestions for news/events.
- Anything goes, but we're particularly fascinated by stories that ended up having a bigger impact than anticipated. Our favorite example is the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which was somewhat overlooked at the time but sowed the seeds for the financial crisis a decade later.
- This is an open spreadsheet, but please don't erase or edit other entries. For now, we're collecting as many ideas as possible!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The city's harsh school discipline code is enforced by safety agents who work for the police department — and exacerbates tensions between police and the community they serve.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Borrowing from a flash mob handbook, Catholics are gathering on a Sunday at a church of their choice to reinvigorate it. The Mass Mob movement began last year in Buffalo and has spread to other parts of the country, and now to New York City.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Steering students toward healthcare careers, HERO High aims to tackle several endemic problems in the Bronx: unemployment, poor health, and high college drop-out rates.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
The Bronx always had a lot of food. It just wasn't good food.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
There's no doubt Lissette Encarnacion needs her subsidized, supportive housing. But is her apartment a form of healthcare? And if so, who pays for it?
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Emergency rooms are expensive, and by the time people get there, things are likely pretty bad. That's why one hospital in the Bronx is trying a new tack — calling patients to coordinate their care.
Monday, June 02, 2014
In 1970, Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was one of the worst in New York City. There were rats in the emergency room, and if you walked in with a stab wound you might walk out with lead poisoning. Then came the Young Lords — and everything changed. This is part 1 of our weeklong series on health care in the Bronx.
Monday, June 02, 2014
People in the Bronx have excellent access to health care. So why are so many of them so sick?
Friday, May 30, 2014
A homeowner frustrated with shoddy work complained, but under the Build It Back Program, she's not supposed to talk to the work crews.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Memorials are often sites of controversy and debate. The 9/11 Museum is especially fraught: its very physical space is considered sacred.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
British designer Charles James was celebrated in his lifetime, but holds cult status only in fashion circles.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
As the de Blasio administration attempts to reset the troubled relationship between police and communities of color, WNYC measures the progress in one neighborhood in central Brooklyn.
Monday, April 07, 2014
In the ‘60’s and 70’s "Black is Beautiful" became a rallying cry for African Americans. Yet within the South Asian community, lightening products are a multi-billion dollar industry promising complexions and "whitish" skin tone.