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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:

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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What Happened Over the Last 25 Years? Help Us Brainstorm

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!
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Blocking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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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.

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Mass Mob Comes To New York City

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.

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Will These Ninth Graders Make the Bronx Healthier?

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.

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The Bronx's Weight Problem

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Bronx always had a lot of food. It just wasn't good food.

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Take This Apartment and Call Me in the Morning

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?

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One Hospital Tells Bronx's Sick: You Call Us, We’ll Call You

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.

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The Revolutionaries Who Rescued a Hospital

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.

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