Kat Aaron is a reporter for WNYC, where she is part of the Data News team.
Kat started her work at WNYC on the Transportation Nation project Mean Streets, tracking traffic deaths in New York City. Before joining WNYC, Kat was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, and a project editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she led America: What Went Wrong, a multi-year look at the lives of poor and working people in America. She also worked at the Center for Public Integrity, where she initiated coverage of the financial crisis and its aftermath. Kat started in journalism at Pacifica Radio, producing a live, three-hour morning news show. She spent five years as co-director of People’s Production House, a nonprofit that taught radio journalism to students and low-wage workers in New York and D.C. In addition to her work at WNYC, she writes about the civil court system and access to justice issues. She is an avid reader of sci-fi, a creator of very experimental ice cream flavors, and a hoarder of fabric. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. Follow her on twitter at @kataaron.
Kat Aaron appears in the following:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Every year, police seize thousands of cars after arrests. But getting the car back can be a challenge, even if the criminal case is dismissed.
Monday, November 09, 2015
After an arrest, police can seek to keep cash, property or cars—even if the case is dismissed and sealed. A bill in the City Council would shed light on the issue for the first time.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Citywide, almost half of black high school students are scanned by metal detectors every day — compared to about 14 percent of white students.
Monday, September 14, 2015
A freedom of information request resulted in 2,684 records for illegal hotel inspections in New York City, and some of what turned up is pretty weird. Here's what we've learned.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Hoards of tourists? Zealous developers? After the recent Uber dustup revealed little about what's causing congestion in Midtown, the data’s still out on why traffic's so bad.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
WNYC is looking at fairness in the placement of metal detectors in New York City public schools. And we need your help.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Reporter Kat Aaron had three brothers. Now that the eldest is transitioning genders, they're navigating a new path as sisters in New York City.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
At the end of June, 60 pedestrians have been killed in New York City traffic crashes, the same as last year, despite the mayor's efforts to bring down the numbers.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Water rates have risen more sharply than heating fuel, labor costs and even real estate taxes. That's putting pressure on low-income households.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Traffic deaths are down in New York City, compared to this time last year.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Officials won’t say where they’ve placed 51 speed cameras in New York City. But based on where and when tickets were issued, we found them -- and figured out how effective they've been.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Officials won't say where they've placed NYC's controversial speed cameras, but we found out and mapped them.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Some 265 people died in traffic crashes in New York City last year. Here are some of their stories.
Monday, January 05, 2015
Credit card machines in New York City cabs suggest tips of 20, 25 or 30 percent. But it turns out many riders end up tipping 21 percent. Why?
Friday, January 02, 2015
According to the New York City Department of Transportation, fewer pedestrians died this year than ever before. But that depends on how you do the counting.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A homeless man, killed in a hit and run, was almost forgotten. A WNYC investigation found his was one of 69 traffic deaths police didn't publicize, leaving crimes unsolved.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The video PSAs seek to "educate" people about how to not be hit by a bus, but they focus on texting and selfies — not the behavior of drivers.
Monday, November 24, 2014
233 people have been killed in traffic crashes in New York City this year. More than half have been pedestrians.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
So much Uber news. And: streetcars in Virginia get cancelled, an arrest in a subway attack, airbag recalls expand, and Sesame Street takes the subway.
Monday, November 17, 2014
D.C.'s Metro fixes a software glitch. Investigations continue into Malaysia Airlines crashes. Michigan may see a higher gas tax. And "the first map and typeface of the earth."