Kat Aaron is the Senior Producer of
Note to Self.
Before joining Note to Self, Kat was a reporter on WNYC's
Data News team. She also worked with Transportation Nation, tracking traffic deaths in New York City. Before joining WNYC, Kat was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, a project editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and a reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, where she initiated coverage of the financial crisis and its aftermath.
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. Follow her on twitter at
Kat Aaron appears in the following:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
What data do the feds have on us? Should we encrypt everything? How do we make a tinfoil hat again? This week, privacy and social media in the Trump era.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
We click on things we agree with already. Here are concrete steps to get out of our comfort zone and find new people, opinions, and voices online. With minimal ick factor.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Don't throw a turkey leg. Don't go ALL CAPS rage over racism on Twitter. This Thanksgiving, when the conversation makes your blood boil, take some deep breaths and just LARA.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Note to Self listeners are struggling to find joy on the internet after this election. 'Happier' host Gretchen Rubin has advice.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
There are 46 judicial seats open in New York City this year, and just five contested races.
Monday, September 26, 2016
A bill before the City Council would give lawyers to all poor people facing eviction, making New York the first city to guarantee attorneys in housing court.
Monday, September 12, 2016
In this historically "blue" city winners have faced little opposition, but tomorrow's New York State primary elections will feature some contested races. Here's what you need to know.
Friday, September 09, 2016
When voters go to the polls in next week's primaries, they won't see many candidates running for judge. Why?
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Justices on New York's Supreme Courts are elected, technically. But most of the decisions are made long before voters reach the ballot box.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
There are a few reasons someone might become a judge. Prestige, power, the chance to change a life. The six-figure salary and the job security don't hurt, either.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Judges have tremendous discretion. And their decisions can change a life, as Tracey Jones found out.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Take a look at new city data which shows that 90 percent of school arrests are of Black and Hispanic students, consistent with previous years. Overall, suspensions and crime are down.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Most judges who preside over cases from divorce to murder in New York will be chosen long before voters get to the ballot box.
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.