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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:

City Releases First Scorecard for Homeless Shelters

Monday, February 01, 2016

In total, there were 21,400 violations across the shelter system.

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After Delay, City to Issue Scorecard for Homeless Shelters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On the heels of stepped up safety measures at shelters, the city is following through on plans to rate shelters based on violations and status of repairs.

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City to Open More Drop-In Centers for Homeless

Monday, January 11, 2016

New York City is doubling the number of drop-in centers that serve homeless people who don't want to go to shelters.

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Infant Living in a Homeless Shelter Unit Dies

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A 4-month old girl living in a so-called "cluster site" apartment died over the weekend, possibly while sleeping in the same bed as her mother.

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Cuomo Outlines Proposal to Reform Criminal Justice

Sunday, January 10, 2016

It's the latest in a string of previews the governor has been providing ahead of his State of the State address on Wednesday.

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City Adds More Beds for Homeless Youth

Friday, January 08, 2016

Under a new plan presented by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city will add 300 beds specifically for homeless youth.

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Governor's Order Doesn't Change City's Approach to Street Homelessness

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Gov. Cuomo’s executive order to remove the homeless off the streets when the temperature drops to 32 degrees hasn’t changed how the city deals with street homelessness.

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City Ends Use of Cluster Sites

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

New York City is ending the use of private apartments rented by the city that are used to house the homeless.

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Homeless Policy Latest Issue to Divide Cuomo, de Blasio

Monday, January 04, 2016

City officials say state order won't change its homeless outreach policy.

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Stuck In A Brooklyn Shelter, Mother Of 3 Struggles To Find A Home

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Shakira Crawford, a single mother in New York City, struggles to find a landlord who will accept her city voucher to pay rent.

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New York City's Homeless Are Finding Voucher Program Void

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio created a program for the New York to get people out of shelters quickly. But after looking for months, one single mother finds landlords are not willing to accept the voucher.

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De Blasio Vows to Punish Landlords Who Reject Homeless Vouchers

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In the wake of a WNYC report on problems with his rental subsidy program, the mayor is vowing to crack down on landlords who discriminate against the homeless.

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Shakira's Got $1,500 in Rent Vouchers, But Landlords Won't Take Them

Thursday, December 17, 2015

WNYC reporter Mirela Iverac talks about her series which follows working single mother Shakira Crawford as she tries to navigate New York City's anti-homelessness program.

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Light a Candle and Keep Looking

Thursday, December 17, 2015

In PART THREE of our special series on homelessness in New York, Shakira Crawford makes more calls and visits the other side of town, but still can't catch a break.

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The Search for the Home With Blue Curtains

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shakira Crawford, a homeless mother of three, spends a fraught summer looking for an apartment, as told in PART TWO of our series The Long Way Home.

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Homeless, but Determined to Reclaim Her American Dream

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shakira Crawford is a working mother without a place to live. In PART ONE of our special series The Long Way Home, she puts the city's new homeless voucher program to the test.

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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.

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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.

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