Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Changes Might be Coming to 9/11 Ceremony

Monday, September 10, 2007

The reading of the nearly three thousand victims' names is currently a fixture of the annual remembrance of Nine Eleven in New York City....but Mayor Bloomberg is in favor of future mayors changing that, and other aspects of the ceremony.

BLOOMBERG: I don't know what great ...


Speaker Pelosi Meets with Mayor to Discuss Victims Compensation Fund

Monday, September 10, 2007

House speaker Nancy Pelosi toured the World Trade Center site today with Governor Spitzer and elected officials, and praised the progress being made there, six years after the terrorist attacks.

REPORTER: She also met with Mayor Bloomberg, and local Congress members, to discuss their bill to ...


Residents Unhappy with Columbia Expansion

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Columbia University already owns over half the properties in the area near the Hudson River, between about 125th and 135th Streets. This is the part of Manhattan it wants to remake into a high-tech additional campus.

REPORTER: The planning process is underway, but it's moved past ...


Columbia Presents Expansion Plan

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Columbia University presented its plan to remake a 17 acre area of Harlem to the city planning commission. The ambitious plan met got mixed reviews. WNYC'S Arun Venugopal was there.

The star of the presentation was the Italian celebrity architect Renzo Piano. He laid out his ...


Students Perform Shakespeare on the Subway to Raise Money

Thursday, June 21, 2007

They're not selling candy, not even for a basketball team or to stay out of trouble. No, theater students Peter Vack and Troian Bellisario are raising money on the subway by performing Shakespeare. It's their summer job. They're both theater students at the University of Southern California. They spoke to ...


Community Offer Competing Expansion Plans for Columbia University

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Columbia University and an uptown community board have presented two competing visions for the future of West Harlem. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the City Planning Commission's review.

REPORTER: Columbia says its proposal will transform what it considers an under-used area into a gleaming, 17 ...


Regional Leaders Request PA Transparency

Monday, June 18, 2007

Governors Jon Corzine and Eliot Spitzer want to make the Port Authority more open to public scrutiny. WNYC'S Arun Venugopal has more.

The Port Authority has a $5 billion annual budget, which it uses to run airports, tunnels and bridges throughout the region. But just how ...


Financial Peek at Chase Deal

Friday, June 15, 2007

JP Morgan Chase is latest corporation to move back downtown. It's set to develop a 1.3 million square foot tower on the former site of the Deutsche Bank building, which is currently being torn down. WNYC'S Arun Venugopal has more.

JP Morgan Chase is spending $2 ...


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 ...