Mirela Iverac

Reporter, WNYC News

Mirela Iverac is a reporter for WNYC, where she covers poverty and immigration. She joined the station in March 2011. 

In 2013, Mirela won a Gracie award for Outstanding Reporter for her coverage of immigration and poverty. In 2011, she was recognized as Best New Journalist in the New York metropolitan area by the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Her work has also been honored with awards for crime and feature reporting for radio from the New York Press Club and the Garden State Journalist Association, and for multimedia reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Prior to joining WNYC, Mirela spent a year at the New York Times’ metro desk as a freelance contributor. She also reported for Time Magazine, the New York Daily News and Forbes, among other publications.

Mirela holds master's degrees in journalism from Columbia University and in international affairs from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Mirela Iverac appears in the following:

A Homeless Veteran Finding His Way Home

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mayor de Blasio has pledged that by the end of this year, none of the city's homeless veterans will be living on the street. Here's the story of one local vet who found a temporary home.


Despite Shootings, Some Residents Say East Harlem Is Safe

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

In East Harlem, where Officer Holder was killed, some residents have complained that the neighborhood is dangerous. But that’s not how everyone feels.

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Car Wash Owners Sue City

Monday, October 19, 2015

The owners want to stop a law from going into effect in December, saying it pressures them to create a unionized workforce.

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More Immigrants Become Citizens Amidst White House Push

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A hundred New Yorkers became U.S citizens on Sunday, at a time when the Obama administration is trying to prod nearly 9 million immigrants to take the same step.


To Prevent Homelessness, City Adds More Money for Anti-Eviction Services

Monday, September 28, 2015

The city is making more funds available for New Yorkers to fight illegal evictions in Housing Court.


Church to Provide Some ‘Haven’ for Homeless Living on the Street

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A new joint initiative between the city and the Archdiocese of New York will provide 150 beds to the homeless who don't want to live in shelter.


De Blasio Visits a Homeless Encampment

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The mayor made the unannounced visit to a homeless encampment in the Bronx Wednesday, a day after acknowledging the city is seeing an increase in street homelessness.

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Exit of de Blasio’s Deputy Saddens, Alarms Advocates

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Those who serve the poor say the departure of Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli leaves a huge hole in the administration — in more ways than one.


The Rising Population of New York City's Homeless School Kids

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A study from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness finds that a growing number of New York City’s school kids are homeless. How are they faring and what is being done?

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The Happiest Man in the Shallow End

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ramiro Ocasio grew up in Honduras surrounded by water. Now, the 35-year-old New Yorker is taking the plunge for the first time.


Some Immigrant Spouses Get an Opportunity to Work

Monday, May 25, 2015

Starting Tuesday spouses of some highly-skilled immigrants can apply to work legally in the U.S.


New Squad Would Expedite Repairs at NYC Homeless Shelters

Monday, May 11, 2015

The city is creating a SWAT team of workers to improve health and safety standards at the city’s 500 homeless shelters.


De Blasio's Budget to Include $100 Million for the Homeless

Thursday, May 07, 2015

When the mayor releases his executive budget on Thursday, it's expected to include funds to reduce the homeless shelter population.

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De Blasio Looks For New Ways To Get People From Welfare to Work

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The de Blasio administration is dismantling a core program at the center of decades of welfare reform.


The City's New 'War' on Homelessness

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The de Blasio administration has spent $11 million on a new operations center to reduce the number of people living in homeless shelters.

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New York City on Track to Reduce Homelessness: Report

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Homelessness has increased since Mayor de Blasio took office, but a new report from the Coalition for the Homeless says the tide is starting to turn.

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Investigation Finds 'Unsafe and Unhealthy' Conditions in City's Homeless Shelters

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A new report from the Department of Investigation cites rats, vermin and other filth in New York City's shelter system.


Two Tracks to Assisted Suicide

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A lawsuit seeks to redefine physician-assisted suicide in New York as supporters predict an uncertain path for legislation.


Outreach to Homeless in Deep Freeze

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WNYC's Mirela Iverac went on a midnight run with outreach workers looking for homeless people living on the street in the bitter cold.


As Temperatures Dive, City Enacts Another 'Code Blue' for Homeless

Sunday, February 15, 2015

All weekend, the city has used a cold weather emergency procedure to get homeless New Yorkers off the streets and into shelters.

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