Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Con Ed Makes $1.4 Billion in Improvements

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Con Edison says it's ready for the summer heat. The utility says it's made a number of improvements, especially in Queens and doesn't expect any repeats of last year's blackout. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Con Ed is on a spending spree. The company is making ...


Columbia Expansion Faces Neighborhood Controversy

Friday, June 01, 2007

Columbia University's proposal to transform a large section of upper Manhattan is about to become official. On Monday, the land-use review process, known as ULURP, is set to begin. But the timing of the announcement has opponents of the plan crying foul. WNYC's Arun Venugopal ...


Controversial Vote on Street Naming

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Today, the City Council votes on renaming streets across the city after Alvin Ailey, Jerry Orbach and others. But one proposed name change, in honor of controversial black activist Sonny Carson, has been removed from the list. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Sonny Carson was ...


Lawsuit Hits FDNY

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Fire Department is being sued by the US Department of Justice for failing to hire enough blacks and Latinos. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The lawsuit contends that entrance exams administered by the fire department in 1999 and 2002 kept minority recruitment disproportionately low. Just ...


Contraceptive Use Increases

Monday, May 21, 2007

Emergency contraception, commercially-known as Plan B, is now available in nearly all pharmacies in the city. That's according to a survey commissioned by the City Council. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The survey found that 94% of pharmacies now carry Plan B over the counter, compared ...


Pakistani Rape Victim Comes to US to Speak Out for Women's Rights

Friday, May 18, 2007

Five years ago, in a village in Pakistan, an event took place that would eventually make news around the world. A tribal council decreed that a woman named Mukhtaran Mai had to be raped multiple times. The sentence was carried out, but instead of staying ...


Indian Mangos Reach New York

Saturday, May 12, 2007

It's taken a few thousand years but the journey of the Indian mango to the New World has finally come to an end. The first shipment of USDA approved mangos recently arrived at JFK airport. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the excitement the mango's ...

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Electrocution Caused Death of Track Worker

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Danny Boggs, the subway track worker who died last week, was electrocuted. That's according to one official in the Transport Workers Union who’s close to the investigation. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

According to the official, Boggs was struck by a train and lost his arm, ...


Queens Neighborhood Picked for Renovation

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Willets Point, near Shea Stadium, will undergo a major makeover if the city gets its way. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The city is hoping to transform what is currently a bleak industrial zone marked by auto repair shops, into a mixed-use neighborhood with thousands of ...


Subway Workers Respond to Death

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Subway workers are mourning the death of one of their own - the second track fatality in less than a week. But track workers say the dangers will continue until management makes some serious changes. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: For some track workers, this ...


Lawyers Challenge Judge’s Videotaping Decision

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The city's lawyers return to court today to tell a federal judge he was wrong. In February, the judge ruled that a decades-old settlement - part of what's known as the Handschu case - prohibits the police department from filming protests unless they suspect a ...


Sharpton Holds What Some Call "Faux Primary"

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Its day two of the National Action Network's annual convention, presidential contenders and prominent media personalities spent the day grappling with the state of Black America. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more from midtown.

Today's program is jam packed with presidential contenders or their proxies. Governor Bill ...


WTC Foundation Closes in on Goal

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is getting close to its fundraising goal. It's now raised $300 million for the construction of the memorial. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The foundation has raised $165 million just in the last six months after Mayor Bloomberg took charge ...


Legal Project Opens in Queens

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

New Yorkers who can't afford legal representation get a new opportunity today when the Self-Represented Legal Assistance Project opens in Queens. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: As the volume of civil litigation has risen, so have the number of poor people who have to represent ...


Beetle Infestation on Staten Island

Thursday, March 29, 2007

An infestation of Asian long-horned beetles has hit Staten Island and has already claimed over 4000 trees. The Parks Department is struggling to manage the situation. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says the current infestation is the worst to have ever hit ...


Asian Beetle Claims Thousands of Trees on Staten Island

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

An infestation of Asian Long-horned Beetles has hit Staten Island, and already claimed over 4 thousand trees. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on how the parks department is struggling to manage the situation.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says the current infestation is the worst to have ...


NYPD Admits to Surveillance Project

Monday, March 26, 2007

The NYPD has acknowledged that it conducted an extensive surveillance campaign before the 2004 Republican National Convention that included following and monitoring political activists around the US.

And this morning, The New York Times reports that the city has asked the court to keep hundreds of ...


News of Fire Spreads Through Malian Community

Friday, March 09, 2007

It took just a few hours for word of the tragedy to spread through New York’s Malian community. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal got a glimpse of how they dealt with the tragedy. The Bronx fire killed 9 people, including eight children.

More on the Bronx Fire


Central Figures in Sean Bell Case Grieve, and Wait

Thursday, March 08, 2007

It's been over 3 months since police officers fired 50 bullets into a car in Jamaica, Queens, killing 23-year old Sean Bell on his wedding day, and wounding 2 others. A grand jury is expected to wrap up the testimony-phase of the case in the ...


Family Members Gather in Bronx Following Deadly Fire

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A tight knit community of West African immigrants are paying condolences to the Bronx families from Mali whose house went up in flames last night. We heard this morning the horrific story of a mother dropping her babies out the window to try to save ...