Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal is a senior reporter for the WNYC Race & Justice Unit who focuses on issues of race and bias in our region. His reporting also tackles the topics of immigration, faith, and inequality. Arun serves as the regular fill-in host of the station's "U.S. of Anxiety" 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 and has been a guest host of NPR's "Fresh Air." He lives with his family in Queens.

Find Arun's latest reporting on Gothamist.

 

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Freed from a double-life sentence, a long-imprisoned New Yorker urges Albany to find relief for others

Friday, May 20, 2022

Gregory Mingo served nearly four decades behind bars for crimes he said he did not commit, before receiving a rare commutation.

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A Historic Upper West Side Church Faces Demolition

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The West Park Presbyterian Church is a landmarked building from the late 1800s, but it's now falling apart.

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Ukrainians Displaced by War Are Arriving in New York

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Hundreds of Ukrainians displaced by war have arrived in New York, and the city is working to embrace them.

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A cycle of violence keeps homelessness top of mind in Chinatown

Friday, March 18, 2022

The shooting deaths of homeless New Yorkers takes place against a backdrop of opposition to homeless facilities in Asian neighborhoods.

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50 Years Since 'The Godfather'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

On March 15th, 1972, "The Godfather" premiered in theaters in New York City.

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'Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Bengali American author Madhushree Ghosh explores concepts such as identity and belonging as a South East Asian immigrant in her new food memoir.

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Listening Party: The Dip, 'Sticking With It'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Seattle-based soul and blues band The Dip have a new album out.

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Institutional Racism on the College Campus in 'Master'

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A new film uses elements of horror to shed light on the insidious nature of institutional racism on elite college campuses.

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Supporters of reparations say it's New York's turn

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

As the movement for reparations gains traction in California and Boston, supporters hope the same will be true in New York.

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The Past, Present and Future Of The Biden Administration

Friday, January 21, 2022

How have his achievements -- and failures -- measured up for voters? 

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Russia's Potential Invasion of Ukraine

Friday, January 21, 2022

We speak with Dr. Kimberly Marten, professor of political science at Barnard College and faculty member at Columbia University about the developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

NYC Law Granting Noncitizens the Right to Vote Concerns Some Advocates

Friday, January 21, 2022

A new law allowing roughly 800,000 noncitizens to vote in local elections went into effect in New York City. Some Democrats and immigration advocates don't see it as a win.

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How Should the Media Be Covering Democracy At Risk?

Friday, January 21, 2022

Many news organizations have failed to communicate how much our democracy is under threat right now.

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The Past, Present and Future Of The Biden Administration 2022-01-21

Friday, January 21, 2022

How has the administration's achievements -- and failures -- measured up for voters? 

Despite Growing Power, Asian New Yorkers Confront Unending Violence

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Asian New Yorkers are experiencing a surge in political power, but the epidemic of anti-Asian harassment and violence is overshadowing the political gains.

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Like So Many Other Fires, the Bronx Fire Was About Poverty

Saturday, January 15, 2022

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Last week's devastating fire in the Bronx was a reminder of fires past, and of the crisis of burning buildings that gripped the borough in the 1970s.

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Advocates Hope Hochul Delivers on Clemency Where Cuomo Failed To

Thursday, December 16, 2021

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In the post-Cuomo era, advocates for criminal justice say there are reasons to hope for a more progressive approach to clemency petitions.

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Rutgers Confronts Its History of Slavery, With Mixed Results

Friday, December 03, 2021

Five years after the debut of project examining the institution's ties to slavery, many Rutgers students are unaware of the work, or their school's history.

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'1619 Project' journalist says Black people shouldn't be an asterisk in U.S. history

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones says the contributions of Black people are often left out of the American story. Her mission is to reframe U.S. history through the lens of slavery.

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South Asian Americans Have Historic Win In New York Elections

Thursday, November 04, 2021

There are three people of South Asian descent in the New York State Legislature, and this week saw the election of the first two Desis to the New York City Council. 

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