Patricia Willens

Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens is a news editor at WNYC in charge of the station’s education and youth reporting unit. She is also the Editor of SchoolBook, the award-winning website for local education coverage. She started at WNYC as a freelance reporter before coming on full–time in 2002 to produce Morning Edition. In other positions in the newsroom, she has served as assignment editor, features editor, intern coordinator and the producer of the newsroom’s live events in The Greene Space. In all these roles, her goal is to make WNYC sound as big, diverse and inspiring as the region it serves.

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CUNY Chancellor Outlines New 'Strategic Vision'

Friday, January 27, 2017

CUNY's head is promoting a plan that would streamline operations across the school system, connect students to industries and boost graduation rates. Oh, and more fundraising, too.

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Black Mothers Face Higher Complication Rates When Delivering Babies in NYC

Monday, January 16, 2017

There’s a safety gap in New York City hospitals that puts the lives of black women at much greater risk than white women. But experts say better hospital culture can reduce the risks.  

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Code H: How One Brooklyn Hospital Runs Drills to Improve Maternal Health

Friday, January 13, 2017

Maimonides Hospital delivers more babies in a year than any other hospital in New York State. They also have some of the lowest complication rates, a distinction born from practice.

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Moms Share What They Wish They Had Known About Childbirth

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WNYC canvassed new mothers in New York City and collected insights that came maybe a little later than desired. 

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Maternity Maze: Getting the Facts to Choose the Right Hospital For You

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

There is a lot of public data on maternal health and New York City hospitals. We help you make sense of it so you have your baby at the best hospital for you.

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New York City Targets Maternal Health in Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New York City health officials are watching childbirth rates across the city — and trying to find ways to lower the risk for the most vulnerable group: African-American women.

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NYC Education Officials Revise Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The new ratings system would put less emphasis on test scores, and a bit more focus on classroom learning.
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Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation

Friday, December 02, 2016

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WNYC and BRIC-TV hosted a Town Hall in Brooklyn that tackled school segregation — and wrestled with ways to better integrate New York City classrooms. Check out the great videos.
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Review: New Play 'Caught' Says, You Can't Handle the Truth.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The play — if that's the right word — starts off with a lecture at an art gallery by a Chinese dissident artist. But is what he is telling us true?

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First Report Shows NYC Schools Falling Short on Gym Classes

Thursday, September 01, 2016

With just 25 percent of New York City elementary school kids getting the required amount of physical education, officials vow to get the PE program into shape over the next few years.
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New York City Shows Slight Uptick on Tests

Friday, July 29, 2016

NYC students matched the state's overall English results, with about 38 percent passing, while the number who opted out of the standardized tests stayed mostly flat, at 21 percent.
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A Conversation About Police-Community Relations: Revisiting Jared Marcelle's Story

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This week, Jared Marcelle, who worked with Radio Rookies, came back to our studios to share his perspective.

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Panel: Fixes to Obamacare Stalled in Divided Congress

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Two New Jersey members of Congress and a panel of health experts told Brian Lehrer there was broad agreement about how to improve Obamacare but no political will to do the job.

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When the Doors to A Dual Language School Don't Feel Open to Everyone

Friday, June 10, 2016

Dual language and bilingual programs can help draw families into schools they otherwise might not attend. But sometimes they keep people away.
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State Rules Against Success Charter in Pre-K Fight

Friday, February 26, 2016

In the ongoing conflict between the leader of the Success charter school network and New York City, the state hands a win to the mayor and his pre-k program.
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Educators Cobble Together a Post-Blizzard School Day

Monday, January 25, 2016

New York City families and school staff braved the snow and slush to make it to school. Attendance was down but school doors opened more or less on time.
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New York City Graduation Rate Tops 70 Percent

Monday, January 11, 2016

For the first time, the August graduation rate for the city rose to more than 70 percent although achievement gaps persist for black and Hispanic students.   
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New York City Seeks Teacher Evaluation Waiver

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

City officials are asking the state for a four-month extension so they have more time to revise the way teachers are evaluated, and can roll out the changes next school year. 
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Why Test Prep May Be Key to Improving School Diversity

Monday, October 19, 2015

Thousands of New York City students soon will take a test to get into some of the most elite public high schools. Odds are with the ones who prepared for months, or years, for this day.
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Charter Leader Moskowitz Not Running for Mayor After All

Thursday, October 08, 2015

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She's not a candidate in waiting. Eva Moskowitz, the controversial leader of the Success Academies charter network, held a press conference to clarify what she was not going to do. 
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