Arun Venugopal

Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal is a reporter who focuses on issues of race and immigration. He also serves as a regular host of the station's Midday program.

Arun was the creator and host of Micropolis, a series about race and identity. He is a contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The GuardianThe Wall Street Journal and Salon. He also frequently serves as an emcee and moderator of panel discussions on race, religion and identity issues. He lives with his family in Queens.

Read Arun's latest reporting on Gothamist.

 

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Singing Telegrams For Those Who Just Need a Song

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

"A Generous Act: Singing Telegrams" allows accomplished performers to practice their art, even as Broadway remains dark.

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Poet Hanif Abdurraqib On The Intersection Of Black Excellence, Joy And Pain

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

What do Soul Train and Whitney Houston tell us about race in America? In his book, A Little Devil in America, the culture critic traces the history of Black performance through moments in pop culture.

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Immigrants Struggle with Language Barriers to Vaccination

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Some New Yorkers say signing up for a vaccine isn't easy if you don't speak English.

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Anti-Asian Hate Crimes & Harassment

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Arun Venugopal on the rise in hate crimes against people of Asian descent in NYC & across the country.

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Congressional Hearings Focus on Anti-Asian Violence

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Gothamist
Two days after a shooting spree in Georgia left six Asian American women dead, Congress addressed the ongoing violence and racism.

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Asian New Yorkers Consider Ways To Combat Hate Crimes in Wake of Atlanta Shootings

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gothamist
Residents have floated proposals involving the NYPD and neighborhood organizations after shootings in Atlanta-area leave 8 people dead, 6 of them Asian.

Hate crimes. Harassment. Indignities. Being Asian in 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Hate crimes, harassment, indignities. For Asian New Yorkers, the city can be a very unpleasant place.

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Xi'an Famous Foods Takes a Hit from Anti-Asian Racism

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

A beloved restaurant chain is getting slammed by the economic downturn and xenophobia.

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Lee Isaac Chung Jotted Down Some Family Memories – They Became 'Minari'

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Chung's semi-autobiographical film follows a Korean American father who moves his family to a farm in rural Arkansas. Minari began one afternoon when Chung wrote down 80 childhood memories.

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Hundreds Rally Against Anti-Asian Bias Attacks

Monday, March 01, 2021

Gothamist
Hundreds of demonstrators and elected officials gathered in Federal Plaza on Saturday amidst an alarming number of bias incidents and attacks against Asian New Yorkers.

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Anti-Asian Violence Spikes

Monday, March 01, 2021

Senior reporter for WNYC's race & justice unit Arun Venugopal talks the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. 

Experts Say Whatever Amy Cooper Got, It Wasn't Restorative Justice

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The case of the white woman who tried to call the cops on a Black birding enthusiast ended with her receiving therapy.

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Landmarking a 'Haven for Radicals and Liberals'

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Gothamist
A historic building in Greenwich Village moved one step closer to being landmarked.

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Indian American Political Powers Reflects Added Tension Within The Community

Friday, February 05, 2021

Gothamist
The evolving relationship between two nations, is playing out in the first weeks of Biden administration

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Biden Signals Action on Housing Segregation

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Gothamist
President Biden signaled that he would reverse the Trump administration's direction on fair housing.

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Their Dream Fulfilled, The 'Chitthi' Brigade is Back!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Gothamist
Yesterday, when Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman, first African American and first south Asian American Vice President, the Chitthi Brigade was watching.

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Double Standard in Police Response to Mob at Capitol as Compared to Protests over the Spring and Summer

Friday, January 15, 2021

Gothamist
The disconnect between the police response at our nation’s Capitol and the violence employed by many police to suppress peaceful protesters has many Americans rethinking policing.

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The (Un)Making of a ‘Model Minority’

Monday, January 04, 2021

An odd racial pecking order puts Indian Americans in a curious place -- outside of whiteness, but distinct from other people of color. How’d that come to be? And is it changing?

'Queen's Gambit' Co-Creator Scott Frank Wanted To Explore The 'Cost Of Genius'

Monday, December 28, 2020

The Netflix limited series tells the story of an orphaned girl who becomes a chess pro in a male-dominated world. Frank talks about consulting with grand masters and maximizing the drama of the game.

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After 39 Years, a Prison Inmate Pleads for Clemency

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Greg Mingo has been incarcerated for nearly four decades. His best chance of getting out lies in Governor Cuomo.

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