Mirela Iverac

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:

Lawsuit Challenges the State's Public Defender System

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Poor New Yorkers facing criminal charges across the state are appearing in court without attorneys in violation of their constitutional rights.


NYC Sets Up a Help Desk for Unaccompanied Children

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New York City has set up a help desk in federal immigration court to put unaccompanied children in touch with educational and health services.


Crossing the Border Is Just the First Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thousands of unaccompanied kids from Central America face new hurdles as they settle in New York, ranging from learning English to dealing with the trauma of the past.

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Deal Reached on Rental Subsidies for Homeless Families

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


An agreement between New York City and the state to provide rent money for homeless families with children could get thousands of people out of shelters in the coming year.

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Mayors Pledge To Fight Income Inequality

Monday, August 11, 2014

Among the mayors' goals: secure better wages in their cities, improve early childhood education and expand Internet access for low-income residents.

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No Need to Tip Sponge Bob: Police

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Police have been handing out fliers letting people know they don't have to hand over a buck — or $5, or $10 — for getting a photo with a Times Square character.

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Two Years of Working on the Books and Avoiding Deportation

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In New York and New Jersey, 44,000 immigrants have applied for a reprieve from deportation and work permits under President Obama's DACA program.


A Fatal Chokehold Reveals a Precinct's Troubles

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Figures show Staten Island's North Shore has disproportionate levels of summonses and stop-and-frisks.


On Broadway, Drivers Will Have to Slow Down

Sunday, August 03, 2014

From Columbus Circle to West 220th Street, the speed limit will be 25 mph instead of 30.

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'Surge Docket' Would Increase Deportations, Advocates Say

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Immigration advocates are wary of a new Justice Department plan to speed up the processing of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving in the U.S. from Central America.


Elmhurst Residents Say No to Another Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

With another shelter a block away and institutions for people with mental illness and adult care facilities nearby, people in this densely populated neighborhood say they feel overburdened.

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In Conversations On Mid-East Violence, NY Jews Struggle for Right Words

Friday, July 11, 2014


Across dinner tables and in synagogues, many families have been reflecting on the cost to both sides. Some can't bring themselves to talk about it at all.

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Border Kids Fill Courts

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


The waves of unaccompanied immigrant children flooding across the Southwest border are lapping at our courthouse doors. These children, mainly from Central America, seek green cards under a special visa program — and often get them. 

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City Council Passes Municipal ID Bill

Thursday, June 26, 2014


The de Blasio administration now has to get private businesses to buy into the program.

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Mass Mob Comes To New York City

Friday, June 06, 2014

Borrowing from a flash mob handbook, Catholics are gathering on a Sunday at a church of their choice to reinvigorate it. The Mass Mob movement began last year in Buffalo and has spread to other parts of the country, and now to New York City.


City's Push for Municipal IDs Faces Challenges

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The city is struggling to keep municipal ids from becoming a scarlet letter pointing to illegal immigrants.

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Tenant 'Blacklists' Make It Difficult to Rent

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


As if finding an apartment isn't hard enough, landlords use blacklists based on data sold by the court system to screen out tenants who've appeared in Housing Court.

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Broad Support For Municipal IDs During First City Council Hearing

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The City Council on Wednesday held its first hearing on the proposed bill to create municipal identification cards, addressing issues ranging from ensuring the card had a broad appeal, to fraud prevention.

“Obviously with the implementation of any sort of new ID there’s going to be immediate concerns regarding ...


Rent Subsidies to Return for the Homeless

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Today there are 13,000 homeless families living in the shelter system — will subsidies help?

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Record Deportations Put Pressure on Obama

Thursday, April 03, 2014


The Obama administration has deported more illegal immigrants than than any other administration in U.S. history. Now advocates are turning up the heat. 

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