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:
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In Seaside Heights, boardwalk attractions Jimbo's bar, are open and ready for Memorial Day.
Monday, May 20, 2013
While the equipment looks like it’s from another time, plant owner Entergy Corporation says Indian Point is vital for modern day New York.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Jake’s life started out just right. He lived in a nice house on a nice block of the sophisticated New Jersey town of Montclair. His dad worked for the NFL, his mom a couple days a week in finance. As long as Jake and his older brother did well, their parents weren’t overly concerned about a little partying here or there. Until Jake started to turn into someone they didn’t know.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
The phrase “medical marijuana” has a nice clinical ring to it, but doctors and researchers are divided on the data: some are confident that smoking pot can help a wide range of pains and other symptoms. Others remain skeptical.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Meet Chuck, a San Francisco marijuana dealer. (That’s not his real name. We agreed to keep that to ourselves because, otherwise, he wouldn’t talk to us.) Chuck came to New York from California to sell weed because, here in New York, where his trade is 100% illegal, he can make more money.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The city of Long Beach broke ground this weekend on its new boardwalk: 2.2 miles long, it will feature special braces that will tie the planks to the supports and a concrete wall that will hang down from in front of the boardwalk like a skirt, to break the waves the next time the Atlantic rises up against it.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Immigration reform is in the headlines these days, fanning optimism among many undocumented immigrants and their families. Four and a half years ago, however, a much more sober immigration story seized national attention, when a group of teenagers killed the Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue, Long Island. They later admitted they attacked him because of his ethnicity.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
In this latest episode of Micropolis, we explore the not-so-harmonious side of the New York musician's life, wherein one wrong chord can result in a knock on the door, a volley of abuse, and maybe even... MURDER.
Monday, March 25, 2013
In the Catskills this weekend, there was a payoff of sorts for the the long winter — with its cold snaps and, at times, copious amounts of snow — in the form of amber gold: maple syrup.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
After Sandy plunged most Long Island residents into a prolonged darkness, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office began meeting with a global investment bank, Lazard Frères and Co., to figure out a way to restructure the Long Island Power Authority.
Monday, February 25, 2013
When Sandy hit, one section of Staten Island's Eastern Shore was particularly vulnerable: it sits in a bowl, several feet below a road that usually protects it from storm surges. See where 11 people died when the storm surged.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
“If Sandy had happened three weeks before when it did,” she said, “we would have lost the Belt Parkway.”
Monday, January 14, 2013
Despite all the fund raising and promises of recovery, when it comes to getting small businesses in Queens up and running after Sandy, the federal government has approved 37 loans for the entire borough, while the city has given out only 28. In the Rockaways, where much of the area was without heat and power for weeks after the storm, it’s given 9 loans.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Stress is often associated with Christmas along with its promise of holiday cheer. But for residents who suffered great losses from Sandy and its aftermath there are extra burdens. In some cases storm's victims are putting their lives on hold.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Rebelling against your parents is the norm for most teens in America, but it’s a luxury for some young people who immigrate to the U.S. without one or both of their parents. There is no official number for how many kids this affects, but one of those teens is 17-year-old Tangeneka Taylor. Eighteen months ago she moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.
Life After Sandy: Shared To-Do Lists in East Village Co-ops and DIY Residents of the Rockaways Pull Together
Monday, December 10, 2012
For homeowners of flooded houses along the shores of New York and New Jersey, the post-Sandy to-do list is endless: sort, dry, trash, clean, make calls to the electrician, the boiler guy, an engineer, a mold specialist and, all along the way, document everything for insurance claims.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
It's been almost a month since Sandy, a storm for the record books. WNYC checks in with some of the many people we met while reporting on the aftermath.
Monday, October 22, 2012
This election was supposed to be about the economy, right? But just two weeks before election day, reproductive rights and women's rights remain at the fore of the electoral debate. That was helped along by Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who referred to "binders full of women," during last week's debate.
Friday, July 13, 2012
If you have time on your hands this summer in NYC, the moments just got more momentous. Contemporary artist Christian Marclay’s celebrated work The Clock will be on view at Lincoln Center’s David Rubinstein‘s Atrium for 20 days — from July 13 to August 1.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
If you haven’t been to see the Diego Rivera exhibit, “Murals for the Museum of Modern Art” yet, you have a few days before it closes on May 14. Plus, see a slideshow of works in the exhibition.