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:

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.


Too Young to Vote, But Not to Have an Opinion

Monday, November 05, 2018

What do young teens think about politics in the Trump era? We stepped into an 8th-grade classroom in the Bronx, and got an earful. 

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Chinese American Voters Flirting with the GOP

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The mobilization of Chinese American voters against affirmative action is being met with overtures from Republicans. The community is listening.


Sonic Protest Hits Union Square

Sunday, October 21, 2018

An afternoon of discord and dissent

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Ask a Reporter: How Can I Become Civically Engaged Without Risking My Immigration Status?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The answer depends on what you mean by status.


Immigrants Say Court Ruling Is a Big Shot of Adrenaline

Monday, October 08, 2018

A New York City rally celebrates a ruling on Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants.


Queens Man Continues Search for His Autistic Twin Brother

Sunday, October 07, 2018

David Gonzalez said his 32-year-old brother, Peter, is emotionally disturbed and nonverbal. He went missing on Oct. 2.

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Queens Honors LGBT Icon Ms. Colombia

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Ms. Colombia — aka Osvaldo Gomez — was a New York City fixture and opened her heart to the people of Queens.

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Some Immigrants Get to Remain in the US — For Now

Thursday, October 04, 2018

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration's efforts to end Temporary Protected Status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants.


The Best City for Immigrants Isn't What You Think It Is

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Drum roll please....

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Highly-Educated Immigrants, Now Eyeing the Exits

Thursday, August 16, 2018

While low-income immigrants have been dramatically affected by new immigration policies, highly-educated immigrants are also being impacted, and are looking for greener pastures.

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A Bus Ride Lands an Immigrant in Detention

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Alfredo Flores is undocumented and was on a Greyhound bound for Seattle. He says he didn't know it would cross into Canada.

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Three Friends and the Rise of Sikh Political Power

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his brother Amardeep Singh came of age together at the same temple in Glen Rock.

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ICE Spokesman Has Ties to Anti-Muslim Groups

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Emilio Karim Dabul, a spokesman for ICE in New Jersey, has worked with some of the country's leading anti-Muslim activists.