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:

Tenants Push for Right to Counsel in Housing Court

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.

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What You Need to Know About the NY State Elections

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.  

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In New York Primary, Few City Judgeships at Stake

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? 


'Smoke-Filled Rooms' Still Rule New York Judicial Elections

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.

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The Power and Prestige of Being a New York Judge

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. 

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The Judges New York Elects Will Alter Lives

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Judges have tremendous discretion. And their decisions can change a life, as Tracey Jones found out. 

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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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