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:
Monday, June 01, 2020
USC law professor Jody David Armour tells All Things Considered that in 1992, people viewed police who beat Rodney King as "bad apples." But now, "we see a persistent and pervasive pattern."
Friday, May 29, 2020
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Tracee Ellis Ross about starring in The High Note, a movie about an over-40 superstar singer navigating the music industry with her assistant, who has her own music dreams.
Friday, May 29, 2020
The so-called passports have been floated as a way to get people who've recovered from COVID-19 back to work safely. But a Harvard professor says creating an "immunodeprived" status is unethical.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to the experimental musician about his new genre-defying, double album grae, his decision to move from Los Angeles to Asheville, N.C. and not shaving down the edges of himself.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Tuition will not drop for online learning, says Timothy White, chancellor of the largest four-year public college system in the U.S., due to the costs of additional technology and faculty training.
Monday, May 11, 2020
More than half of New Jersey's coronavirus fatalities were at long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. The state's attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, has opened an investigation.
Friday, May 08, 2020
Beanie Feldstein stars in the film adaptation of Caitlin Moran's 2014 semi-autobiographical novel. She says this movie "gives everyone permission to make mistakes."
Friday, April 24, 2020
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks to the New Orleans-based band about their project to preserve the centuries-old Louisiana French dialect through music and how the city is coping with the coronavirus crisis.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
The CEO and president of the American Hospital Association says members are losing billions due to the cost of treating COVID-19, the rise in uninsured and loss of revenue from elective procedures.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Fiona Apple talks about Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her first album in eight years, getting advice from King Princess to release her record early and what she would say to her teenage self.
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Pretty Bitches, a new essay collection edited by Lizzie Skurnick, explores how words that sound complimentary can actually be loaded with sexism. "These words are code," Skurnick says.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Maine-based Puritan Medical Products is one of only two companies that manufacture the type of swabs needed to test for the coronavirus. As testing ramps up, a huge demand has only grown.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to the former Pavement frontman about his new album Traditional Techniques, getting his old band back together and whether or not his teenage children listen to his music.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Profs. Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan asked more than 150 undergrads about their sex lives — what they wanted out of sex, how troubling encounters unfolded, and how misunderstandings led to assault.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Capitol Hill Twitter exploded over a report that senators were only allowed to drink milk and water on the floor. Turns out there's a long history of beverage regulation in the legislative body.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The impeachment trial of Donald Trump began in earnest Thursday in the Senate with a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and introductory remarks.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The longstanding tradition of stocking the Senate candy drawer takes on new importance as the impeachment trial kicks off this week — and is expected to go late into the night.
Thursday, January 02, 2020
Starting Jan. 3, Billboard is changing the way it calculates the top albums of the week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Slate writer and critic Chris Molanphy about what the rule changes mean.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Two more witnesses testified on Thursday in front of the House Intelligence Committee, marking the end of this week's public impeachment hearings.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Four witnesses testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.