Kat Aaron

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:

Racial Disparity in Discipline Persists While Suspensions Drop in New York City Schools

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.
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In Electing NY Judges, Voters Have Little Say

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. 

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Stop and Seize: When the NYPD Takes Your Car

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.

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Stop and Seize: When the NYPD Takes Your Cash

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. 

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More Than 90,000 New York City Students Are Searched Before School

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.

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When Inspectors Look for Illegal Hotels

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.

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If Not Uber, Who's Responsible for This Traffic?

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.

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Where Are the School Metal Detectors?

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.
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Gaining a Sister Through a Gender Transition

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. 

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Pedestrian Deaths Holding Steady in NYC

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.
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Water Pressure: Why Your Shower Is an Affordable Housing Issue

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.

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Fewer New Yorkers Are Dying in Traffic Crashes

Monday, March 23, 2015

Traffic deaths are down in New York City, compared to this time last year. 
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Where the Speed Cameras Are

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.

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Do Speed Cameras Make Streets Safer or Just Rake in Millions? Yes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Officials won't say where they've placed NYC's controversial speed cameras, but we found out and mapped them.

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Mean Streets 2014: Who We Lost, How They Lived

Monday, February 09, 2015

Some 265 people died in traffic crashes in New York City last year. Here are some of their stories. 

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Variations in Tip Button Math Nets Cabbies $5.2M Annually

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?
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NYC Pedestrian Deaths Hit Record Low...Maybe

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.
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The NYPD Doesn't Publicize Traffic Deaths a Quarter of the Time

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.
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Bus Safety Campaign Blames Everyone But Drivers

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.
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Here Are 10 More People Who Have Died in Traffic Crashes This Year (Because It Keeps Happening)

Monday, November 24, 2014

233 people have been killed in traffic crashes in New York City this year.  More than half have been pedestrians. 
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