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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:

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.

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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.

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Two Tracks to Assisted Suicide

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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

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Outreach to Homeless in Deep Freeze

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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

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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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Protecting Immigrants Against Fraudulent 'Lawyers'

Monday, February 02, 2015

Immigrant New Yorkers in need of legal assistance are getting rights and protections under a new state law.

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French Jews Find Refuge — Where Else? — on the Upper West Side

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jews in France felt nervous long before the recent attacks in Paris. Many have already left, not just for Israel but also Manhattan.

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City Muni ID Launches

Monday, January 12, 2015

New York officially launched its first municipal identification program Monday.

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New York City's Municipal ID Arrives

Monday, January 12, 2015

New York City's card— designed not to stigmatize immigrants — is the largest program of its kind in the country. It will provide access to major cultural institutions across the city.

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City's Muni ID Card Set To Launch

Friday, January 09, 2015

New York City is expected to launch a municipal identification card program — the biggest in the country — on Monday.

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Homeless Numbers Up In De Blasio's First Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

WNYC
The mayor inherited an unprecedented homelessness crisis, and he promised drastic change. But 2014 has mainly been about preventing the existing system from buckling under the strain.

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Tenant Blacklist Can Haunt New York Renters For Years

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Disputes between tenants and landlords often end up in the courts. And in New York City, win or lose, tenants may end up with a bad rap that can make it hard to rent again.

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NYC Preps to Combat Upsurge in Immigration Fraud

Friday, December 12, 2014

Scammers are increasingly targeting immigrant New Yorkers without legal status who will apply for President Obama’s executive action.

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De Blasio Hosts Mayoral Immigration Summit

Monday, December 08, 2014

Democratic Mayors from across the country are coordinating their efforts to ensure rapid implementation of President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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More New Yorkers Turn to Food Pantries

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fewer New Yorkers are receiving food stamp benefits and are increasingly turning to food pantries and soup kitchens, according to the 2014 annual hunger survey.

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Obama's Speech Leaves Immigrants Cheering and Yearning

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged the GOP to focus their actions on approving long-stalled legislation to take its place.

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City Gears Up For Obama Action On Immigration

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WNYC
The de Blasio administration is planning a citywide campaign to help city residents take advantage of the new programs President Obama will announce Thursday.

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City Rolls Out Rent Subsidies for Homeless

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WNYC
After three years in the city's shelter system, Nicole Smith and her four kids finally received their rent subsidy. Now she's finding that many landlords won't take the voucher. 

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