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:

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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In City's Job Growth, Faces of the Working Poor

Monday, March 17, 2014


The city is growing jobs faster than the country. But they are not the middle-class jobs of a generation ago.

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Car Wash Workers to be Compensated for Lost Wages

Thursday, March 06, 2014

A thousand city car wash workers cheated out of their wages will get their money back.

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De Blasio Adds a Strong Social Advocate to His Administration

Friday, February 28, 2014


Mayor Bill de Blasio added one of the city's most aggressive social-service advocates to his administration, one of three appointments announced Friday.


Homeless Hope for Better Days With New Mayor

Friday, February 14, 2014

The number of homeless people in New York is higher than it’s been since the 1970s. But with the new Mayor in office, many who live in the shelters and their advocates say they see better days ahead.


What de Blasio's ID Cards Could Accomplish

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In New York City, immigrants have access to many services even if they don't have legal status. But advocates say Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the city will issue municipal ID cards is important.

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How the Farm Bill Will Affect New Yorkers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After two years of delays, Congress is poised to vote on a nearly 1,000-page Farm Bill this week. The bill, which must be renewed every five years, would restore cuts to farm and nutrition programs, while slashing nearly $9 billion from food stamps over 10 years.

The new bill will ...


Volunteers Take to the Streets for City's Annual Homeless Tally

Monday, January 27, 2014

Thousands of volunteers spanned across the five boroughs to conduct the city's annual count of homeless people living on the streets, starting Monday night.

Three thousand volunteers canvassed parks, subways and other public spaces to estimate the number of people living without shelter. The city says this annual survey allows ...


More Food Stamp Cuts Could Be On the Way

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A push to eliminate the so-called 'heat-and-eat' loophole could further reduce food stamp benefits.


A Day After Funeral, a Push for 'Avonte's Law'

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A day after the funeral for missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, Senator Chuck Schumer is sponsoring a bill to allocate $10 million in federal funds to make tracking devices available for people with autism.


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Bloomberg To Advocate for Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg is participating on Friday in his first major policy event since leaving office, urging lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to pass immigration reform.