Xana O’Neill was Executive Editor for WNYC News.
Prior to arriving at WNYC, Xana worked at NBC as senior editor and special projects manager helping coordinate national news, culture and entertainment coverage for affiliate news sites across the country.
Before that, Xana was a reporter at The New York Daily News, where she developed an affinity for crime reporting. She counts Wayne Barrett as a mentor after working for him at the Village Voice, where she did investigative reporting during the 2004 mayoral campaign.
She’s a graduate of NYU, and began her career as a sports reporter at the Hunterdon County Democrat in New Jersey.
For some Bosnian New Yorkers, the events in Syria have brought back memories of a time when they waited for the U.S. to intervene in their country.
It’s been a year today since 14-year-old Akeal Christopher was shot dead after leaving a friend’s party in Bushwick, Brooklyn — but still no arrests have been made in the case.
Deandre Kelly grew up with Xavier Granville in the Beach 41st Street Houses in Far Rockaway - a cluster of public housing apartments along a desolate stretch of Queens near the shoreline. They began hanging out in elementary school, bonding over X-Box video games and basketball.
Fourteen-year-old D'aja Robinson, a giggly honor student known as “Asia,” is the first girl killed by gunfire this year — she was shot two weeks ago doing one of the most ordinary things in South Jamaica: taking a city bus.
Alphonza Bryant III, 17, had a lot to look forward to. There was his upcoming prom (he already had a white tuxedo picked out) and next month, he was graduating high school. In a class photo, he appears to be anticipating the occasion, wearing a cerulean blue cap and gown.
Many players have publicly voiced their support for Jason Collins - LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, to name a few. But will the goodwill continue? And what can Collins expect on and off the court from his peers? "Obviously you can't say 100 percent of the people are going to be OK with it or 100 percent are not," says Brian Scalabrine, a friend and former teammate.
“Two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time who both lost their lives. I mean one fatally, and one to the system.”
"I never worried about my son - I lived here all my life and never thought something like this would happen to my son," said Arlene Delgado. Her 16-year-old son, Rafael Sadonte Ward, Jr., was shot in the chest on his way to get a slice of pizza.
Maria Castro, 39, who nicknamed her son Jay Jay, lovingly remembered that — without fail — he would lose a sock a night. It’s why, she said, she buried her first born in a special denim outfit — and one sock.
WNYC is profiling the life of every child in the city killed by gunfire in our series In Harm’s Way.
On the fourth floor of 2727 Surf Avenue, a dapper man in his 70s tried to retain a sense of normalcy. He answered the door wearing a matching vest and tie, his gray hair smoothed neatly back. The living room was a reflection of its occupant: neat and tidy.
From his days as a student at Columbia University to date nights with Michelle to fundraising at some of the city's most elite addresses, Barack Obama knows a thing or two about the Big Apple. Follow in his footsteps, and explore Obama’s New York City.