Ailsa Chang

Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.

Since joining WNYC in 2009, Chang has earned national recognition for her investigative reporting.  In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, one of the highest awards in broadcast journalism, for her two-part investigative series on allegations of illegal searches and unlawful marijuana arrests by the New York City Police Department.  The reports also earned an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Chang has investigated how Detroit's broken public defender system leaves the poor with lawyers who are often too underpaid and overworked to provide adequate defense.  For that story, Chang won the 2010 Daniel Schorr Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award and an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.  

In 2011, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association named Chang as the winner of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting for radio.  She has also appeared as a guest on PBS NewsHour and other television programs for her legal reporting.

Chang received her bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University, her law degree from Stanford Law School, a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Masters degree in media law from Oxford University where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

She was also a law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Before her arrival at WNYC, Chang was a Kroc Fellow for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. and a reporter for KQED public radio in San Francisco.  She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ailsa Chang appears in the following:

'Fast Color' Celebrates A Supermom Who Literally Moves Heaven And Earth

Friday, April 19, 2019

Moms perform heroic tasks every day, but they rarely get portrayed as superheroes. Fast Color tells the story of three generations of black women and the supernatural powers they inherit.

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How The Trump Administration's Transgender Troop Ban Is Affecting One Military Family

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Trump administration gave transgender service members a deadline to secure a medical diagnosis before the new ban took hold. But military families are struggling with the accelerated timeline.

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Susan Choi Takes Her Teenagers Seriously

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The author's new novel Trust Exercise is set among theater kids in a performing arts high school — until it jumps ahead a few decades and looks back at what really happened back then.

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When The Conversation Doesn't Include You: LGBTQ+ Sex Ed In A Small Town

Monday, April 01, 2019

For the past year, residents in Allendale, Mich., have been debating whether to include LGBTQ+ people and perspectives in the school district's sex education program and anti-bullying campaign.

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Can We Overcome Racial Bias? 'Biased' Author Says To Start By Acknowledging It

Thursday, March 28, 2019

In her new book, psychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt explores how unconscious racial bias shapes human behavior — and suggests that we examine what situations can trigger racial bias.

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It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's ... A Dog Dangling From A Helicopter?!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The IMAX film Superpower Dogs follows six remarkable canines who work in fields such as avalanche and water rescue, endangered species protection, and emotional support.

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Jordan Peele Looked Into The Mirror And Saw The Evil Inside 'Us'

Friday, March 22, 2019

For his much-anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning movie Get Out, the writer-director sets a family up against its own doppelgangers. That is, he made a full-on horror film.

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How A Small Indiana Company Fought Back Against Chinese Counterfeiters

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

When an Indiana company learned their goods were being counterfeited in China, they did everything they could to make it stop. But pursuing an intellectual property claim in China takes a lot of work.

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'The New Me' Is Meh About Ambition And Adulthood

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Halle Butler's new novel explores what it's like to work in a dead-end office job. Her satirical story focuses on a 30-year-old woman named Millie who wanders from temp job to temp job.

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Episode 900: The Stolen Company

Friday, March 15, 2019

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they pursue lawsuits, extraditions, sting operations and more to make it stop.

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Episode 893: Our Valentines 2019

Friday, February 08, 2019

We're back for our annual tradition: Channeling another year's worth of jealousy and self-loathing into a whole episode just for you. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Episode 888: The First Shutdown

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.

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Janelle Monáe On Her 'Dirty,' World-Dominating Year

Friday, December 21, 2018

Monáe's Dirty Computer can be found on just about every list of the best albums of 2018 — and it topped NPR's. The songwriter, actress and self-styled media exec says it could only have happened now.

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Dermot Kennedy, NPR Slingshot's Best New Artist

Monday, December 17, 2018

NPR Music fans have chosen Dermot Kennedy as Slingshot Best New Artist of 2018. In a conversation with NPR's Ailsa Chang, Kennedy talks about the pressures of newfound success and his dedication to the craft.

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Director Barry Jenkins Talks On Behalf Of 'Beale Street'

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The director of Moonlight has made a new film: If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the James Baldwin novel. He's using it to represent black complexity, vulnerability and skin colors.

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Novelist And 'Book Matchmaker' Tayari Jones Shares Her Favorite Books Of 2018

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Ahead of the holidays this year, All Things Considered is inviting writers to talk about the books they'll be gifting to friends and family. Jones, author of An American Marriage, shares her list.

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Federal Legislation Seeks Ban On Shackling Of Pregnant Inmates

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Incarcerated pregnant women are often shackled during medical appointments and childbirth. A provision in a criminal justice bill aims to end the practice in federal facilities.

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Special Counsel: Flynn Provided 'Substantial' Help To Probe

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The special counsel says former national Security adviser Michael Flynn has provided "substantial" assistance and has sat for 19 interviews with the government.

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In Love With Teen Lit: Remembering The 'Paperback Crush' Of The '80s And '90s

Monday, December 03, 2018

As a preteen Gabrielle Moss devoured books in "The Baby-Sitters Club" and "Sweet Valley High" series. She recently reread them for "nostalgic stress relief" and ended up writing a book on the genre.

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In 'Solo,' Chef Anita Lo Celebrates The Art Of Cooking For One

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Meals for one should not be a sad or boring affair, says Michelin-starred chef Anita Lo. In her new cookbook, Lo goes beyond bitter greens, blue cheese and monkfish to serve up fun meals for one.

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