Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

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


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 ...


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 ...


Bloomberg Lobbies for Continued Insurance Funds

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg and other local leaders urged members of Congress to extend TRIA, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. The program was created after 9/11, but is set to expire at the end of the year. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

TRIA provides federal relief for insurance ...


Council Approves Nightlife Safety Measures

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The city council has approved 3 measures meant to make nightclubs safer for its patrons. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The votes come a year after the death of Imette St. Guillen, a grad student who was killed after visiting a Soho club. They will help ...


Judge Nixes Cap on Ferry Payments

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

There's no limit to how much New York City could be forced to pay the victims of 2003 Staten Island crash. That's the word from a federal judge. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Judge Edward Korman said blame for the crash lies squarely on the shoulders ...


Port Authority Purchases Stewart Airport

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Port Authority is buying Stewart International Airport, in Orange, with the hope of reducing congestion at the region's 3 main airports. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The airport currently handles just 300,000 travelers a year, compared to the 100 million between JFK, Newark and ...


Shooting Victim Released from Hospital

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Joseph Guzman, one of the two men who survived the police shooting that left Sean Bell dead, was released from the hospital yesterday. He spoke in Harlem, alongside Reverend Al Sharpton. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was there.

REPORTER: Joseph Guzman sat in a wheelchair, wearing a blue ...


Clinton Makes First Campaign Appearance

Monday, January 22, 2007

Senator Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance as a Democratic candidate for president yesterday. She visited a health care center on Manhattan's West Side to promote medical coverage for all uninsured children. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was there.

REPORTER: The event started ominously, with the sound ...


Company Launches Security Express Lane

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Air travelers hoping to avoid standing in endless airport security lines - you may be in luck. For just a hundred dollars a year, you can go through a new express lane. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on a new pre-screening program being launched at ...


No Consensus on Response to Sean Bell's Death

Friday, January 12, 2007

It’s been seven weeks since Sean Bell was killed in Queens, New York. Currently, a grand jury is deliberating whether to hand down any indictments on the police officers who fired 50 bullets at Bell and his two friends. But for all the outrage over ...


Cyclists Remembered

Monday, January 08, 2007

Hundreds of cyclists rode through the five boroughs. They stopped at 14 'ghost bikes' - bikes painted white marking where a cyclist was killed on the city streets last year. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: After stopping at crash sites in Queens, Brooklyn and Upper ...


Debate Over 9/11 Names Comes to an End

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The controversial idea to list 9/11 victims names randomly at the planned memorial has been scrapped. Instead the names will be part of ten different groups of victims. Still, not everyone is cheering. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The reversal comes under Mayor Bloomberg, who ...


A Closer Look at Jamaica, Queens

Friday, December 01, 2006

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has been talking to residents of Jamaica Queens, where Saturday's shooting took place. Needless to say, many of them are upset.


Local Residents Respond to Saturday’s Shooting

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Alongside Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Sean Bell's family said prayers at the Jamaica, Queens site of his shooting. There's now a makeshift shrine to Bell outside the nightclub, amidst shattered glass, and as WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports, local residents who say they've been the ...


Bloomberg Treads Fine Line in Police Shooting

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mayor Bloomberg seems to be treading a fine line he's trying to keep the support of the black community and his police force. Yesterday, he met with black community leaders and called this weekend's shooting of three unarmed men "excessive," but he also called for ...