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, March 22, 2017
After building the social network’s ad system, Antonio García Martínez tried to set his career on fire. Turns out, it takes a lot to get shunned in the Valley.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
American spies know how to get into our devices—according to Wikileaks. But when are these tactics really making our lives safer?
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Because if you don’t, I’ll assume you hate me. What happens when passive aggression, shade and FOMO aren’t a bug—they’re a feature.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
New devices promise to chill you out with low-level electric pulses. Turns out, it is possible to over-chill.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
No, not by watching porn. By sharing with your partner what turns you on, and weirds you out. Through an app. Of course.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Technologist Anil Dash on the new ethics of tech. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin on why we’re all losing, and her strategies as a privacy prepper.
Friday, February 10, 2017
It's day five of Note to Self's Privacy Paradox challenge. The last day. We'll draw some conclusions from this week—and some boundaries for the future.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
It's day four of the Privacy Paradox challenge. The executive producer of The Bachelor explains how we change when we know we’re being watched. And, we all get off the grid. Briefly.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
It's not just clicks and likes. Marketers are mining the words you use, your tone and sentence length, to profile you. Today, find out who the Internet thinks you are.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Today, we go from creepy to crappy. Creepy is the feeling that the machines know something. Crappy is, at least, knowing what they know. And taking a step to slow the information flow.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Your Privacy Paradox challenges start today. What does your phone know about you? Too much, probably. Time to take charge.
Monday, January 30, 2017
How can you stay digitally connected without feeling intruded upon? WNYC's five-day plan hopes to take the mystery out of digital privacy and improve lives both online and off.
Monday, January 30, 2017
What you need to know to take back your digital identity - and maybe even your soul.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Researchers say big data can save the world. But the data has to come from somewhere. And that somewhere is us.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
How one gambler on the Sunset Strip laid the legal groundwork for privacy in the digital age.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Are you an upholder, a questioner, an obliger or a rebel? Figuring out your cognitive house might be the key to changing your bad tech habits for good.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Can we start fresh when every step, nap, and calorie are measured? If even a hard-core coder fails at a tech-enabled diet, maybe we need a new way to optimize our quantified selves.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
FOMO is real. And it's amplified during the holiday season when party glam shots and scrumptious food pics are everywhere. So let's embrace a little JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) instead.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
How one mom battling cancer is setting up messages for her kids to get after she's gone. And what her kids think about this digital legacy.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
If police smell booze on you behind the wheel, you'll be handed a breathalyzer. But how do they measure clicks and swipes? Plus, a sneak peek at our next big listener project.