Beth Fertig is a senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs. She focuses on how different New Yorkers interact with the civil and criminal justice systems. Her work explores whether justice is meted out fairly and whether programs within the courts can reduce incarceration and solve social problems. She also covers the federal immigration courts and how changes in immigration law affect New Yorkers under President Donald Trump's administration.
Beth started working at WNYC in 1995 covering city politics and spent many years covering public education. She is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. She also worked on the award-winning WNYC series “Being 12” and reported on efforts to promote integration in the New York City public schools. Follow her @bethfertig.
Beth is a New York City native who discovered her love for journalism at her college newspaper at the University of Michigan. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. She’s won many local and national awards, including the prestigious Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism for her series of reports in 2001 about an effort to privatize some struggling city schools.
Beth also won an Edward R. Murrow award for an investigation of a subway fire. And she’s won numerous awards from the city's Deadline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the New York Press Club -- which gave her a special award after the 2001 terrorist attacks for a profile on the friendship of two WTC survivors.
Read Beth's latest reporting on Gothamist.
Beth Fertig appears in the following:
Monday, March 01, 2021
New York City restaurants became heavily reliant on third-party delivery services during the pandemic, but that came at a price for them and for delivery workers.
Monday, February 22, 2021
The state's eviction moratorium for cases related to the pandemic appears to have contributed to an 82 percent decline in residential evictions in New York City in 2020 versus 2019.
Friday, February 12, 2021
It won’t be easy to replace the 750,000 jobs that were lost in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday, February 12, 2021
The Rockland County school board is dominated by strictly Orthodox Jews who send their children to private schools, while the public schools are mostly children of color.
Friday, February 12, 2021
With retail and restaurants taking a heavy hit in the pandemic, many small business owners have had trouble paying their rent.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Residential sales in New York City picked up at the end of 2020. It's not yet a turnaround from the pandemic but one potential sign of recovery.
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Immigration lawyers are asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release some detained clients, but they're not sure ICE is following the president's new enforcement priorities.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
The vast majority of East Ramapo's public school children are Black and Latino. But most of the school board members are strictly Orthodox Jews whose children attend private schools.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
President Biden's new executive orders include several that could dramatically improve life for immigrants, including one that would specifically help Liberians.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
After a federal judge in New York ordered the Trump administration to restore DACA, and accept first-time applicants along with renewals, more than 31,000 applications were submitted.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The rule would make it harder to appeal decisions by immigration judges, and is set to take effect just days before President Trump leaves office.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Correction officers can now get vaccines, but to reduce the spread in jails, public defenders and others call for decreasing density and testing inmates and staff more frequently.
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Public defenders and others call for reducing density in the city's jails along with providing more tests for inmates and staff
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Ilon Rincon Portas spent more than three months volunteering at a Covid testing site and gained a new understanding of race, ethnicity and the U.S. healthcare system.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Is the rollback to New York’s bail law the cause of the rise in the jail population, or a spike in violent crime? We take a hard look at the available data.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Unaccompanied minors trying to stay in the country are now facing new pressure from immigration courts just before Trump leaves office.
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
For the first time since 2017, immigrants can apply for the program that provides work authorization and protection from deportation.
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Forty-six judges who will be losing their jobs at the end of the year claim there’s no justifiable budgetary reason for letting them go.
Monday, November 30, 2020
About 23,400 eviction cases were filed in New York City since June – less than half as many as during the same time last year, despite the pandemic's hardships. But more are coming.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Undocumented immigrants in New York believe a Brooklyn federal judge’s ruling on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals w ill restore the Obama-era program in time for a new president.