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:

Hindus Claim Assault on NJ Priest Is a Bias Attack

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Members of a Mahwah temple said they're concerned the man facing charges is a white supremacist, and they urged authorities not to give him a plea deal.

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Immigrants Then vs. Now: Busting Misconceptions

Friday, April 19, 2019

Immigrants today are far more likely to be skilled and speak English than they were a century ago.


For NYC Immigrant Heritage Week, One Class Decides to Discuss Stereotypes

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The class delves into stereotypes in order to give participants a greater sense of cultural literacy.

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Bodegas Say They'll Boycott the New York Post Until the Paper Apologizes

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Yemeni-owned businesses are hoping for a change in way the paper covers Muslims, including Minn. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

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Hate Crimes in Our Backyard

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What happens when hate crimes are not committed by angry white men.

When People of Color Commit Hate Crimes

Thursday, April 11, 2019

We know that communities of color and other marginalized groups are on the receiving end of hate, but how should we react when they're the accused?

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Making Arab American Theater

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Muslim and Arab American theater are having a moment. But the communities at the hearts of these shows fear they will only garner attention if they are about that identity.


Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal

Thursday, April 04, 2019

There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence.


Tracking Chemical Incidents In Texas

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Houston, Texas is the heart of the petrochemical industry. But are chemical fires and explosions that send toxic fumes into the air just the cost of doing business? 


Opposition Parties Win Big in Turkey's Municipal Elections

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Voters in Turkey dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, AKP, a surprise defeat this week.


Struggling with the Work of Fallen Superstars

Monday, March 25, 2019

Should we honor the calls of those who want to 'cancel' the work of Michael Jackson and other disgraced artists? Or is art too important to be policed by the crowd?

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'The Ultimate Guide to Chinese Food in NYC'

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Serena Dai & Arun Venugopal on Eater's “Ultimate Guide to Chinese Food in NYC.“

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How New York Came to Have 9 Chinatowns

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A surge in the immigrant population has helped redefine the city's food scene and led to a golden age of Chinese regional cuisine.

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A Play About Deportation

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The real-life legal proceedings that threatened to end in a Filipino immigrant's deportation are dramatized in "The Courtroom."

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The Internment of Japanese Americans, Dramatized

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Drawing connections between what the U.S. did in the 1940s and what's happening in America right now.

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Micropolis Live: Surviving Solitary

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Watch as former inmates who survived solitary confinement share their experiences in story-slam performances and conversation. Hosted by Arun Venugopal. 


Micropolis: Double Dutch, Beats and Play

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Watch as WNYC's Arun Venugopal explores play with Kyra Gaunt, award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown and National Double Dutch Champs, the Honey Bees.


Come Play With Us

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

An evening of conversation, hand-clapping and Double Dutch at The Greene Space.


Immigrants Drive Midterm Gains for Democrats

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Immigrant communities and candidates were at the center of the Democratic takeover of the House, as well as local and state races.


Immigrants Turn to Bollywood and Celebrities to Get Out the Vote

Monday, November 05, 2018

Re-purposed Bollywood songs, Asian-American celebrities, clever bilingual wordplay. Immigrant communities are pulling out all the stops for Election Day.