Beth Fertig

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

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:

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Special

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Join host Brian Lehrer for a live call-in special to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11/01.

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As Federal Unemployment Benefits End, Employers Still Struggle to Fill Vacancies

Friday, September 03, 2021

With labor shortages continuing, New York City area employers aren’t so sure ending the federal government’s extended unemployment benefits this week will lead to a rush of job seekers.

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Up to 800,000 New York City Residents Could Lose Federal Unemployment Pandemic Benefits in September

Friday, August 27, 2021

A new analysis finds up to 800,000 New York City residents will lose their extended, federal unemployment benefits when the pandemic relief program expires on September 6th.


Meet The Owner Who Got The Smallest Federal Restaurant Grant in New York City

Thursday, August 12, 2021

A Brooklyn bar that specializes in craft beer and plays vinyl records got just $1,435 in federal restaurant aid, but the money was still appreciated.


Cuomo’s Critics Worry He Could Be Setting Himself Up to Run Again

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The governor said he will step down in two weeks, but what comes after that is unclear.


Why Some Outer Borough Restaurants Can't Make Outdoor Dining Work

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Some restaurants in outer borough neighborhoods haven't been able to take advantage of outdoor dining like eateries in trendy parts of the city have. 

Outdoor Dining Is Spreading In NYC, But Not Everywhere

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Those outdoor sheds and sidewalk cafés are either popular or a nuisance, depending on whom you ask. But some neighborhoods can’t make them work at all.


Access-A-Ride Users Plead With MTA to Stop Shared Rides

Friday, August 06, 2021

In July the agency resumed trips with multiple passengers in its cars and vans. But riders and activists are raising new concerns over whether that's safe.

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With Details Still Pending, City’s Restaurant Industry Accepts Vaccine Mandate To Avoid Another Shutdown

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Restaurant owners say the new mandate takes the onus off them by requiring everyone to play by the same rules, but the policy has loopholes.


New York City Council Puts New Limits on Delivery Apps

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The action was in response to the growing popularity of delivery apps during the pandemic, and concerns that they’re taking advantage of hard-hit restaurants.


When Leasing Manhattan Office Space, B Stands for Better Deals Than Before

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

With a persistent glut of available office space due to the pandemic, landlords at older Manhattan buildings are making upgrades to lure new tenants.


Without More Tourists, City Hotels Can’t Bring Back All Their Furloughed Staffers

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Most of the city’s hotels have reopened and tourists are coming back to New York. But the industry’s recovery is uneven because the numbers are still nothing like they were pre-pandemic.


Thousands of Minority and Women-Owned Restaurants Won’t Get Aid Because of Lawsuits

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Litigation from conservative groups is preventing thousands of restaurant owners, including an unknown number in New York City, from getting money they were counting on to pay bills.


As Vaccination Rates Rise, More Companies Consider Soft Reopening Over Summer

Thursday, June 03, 2021

At first, only a few financial companies said they’d re-open during spring and summer. But more businesses now seem to be testing the waters instead of waiting until after Labor Day.  


Reopening a Comedy Club is No Joke as Pandemic Eases

Friday, May 28, 2021

It’s a tough room if you have to limit capacity and seat your patrons apart from each other, but club owners say their customers are returning — and ready to laugh.


Threading the Needle: An Apparel Company Owner Hopes to Bring Back NYC's Garment District

Thursday, May 20, 2021

A women’s apparel company owner bought a factory in the Garment District with a manufacturer. The district was struggling to rebound long before the pandemic but she sees potential.


City Restaurants to Albany: Keep Lax Liquor Laws Post Pandemic

Monday, May 17, 2021

The hospitality industry is calling on state lawmakers to allow faster, temporary liquor licenses to promote the city’s economic rebound.


Hanging On: How a Custom Framing Shop Survived the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Lurita “LB” Brown’s framing store in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn kept going at a time when so many other businesses couldn’t pay rent and needed government aid.


NYC Mayor De Blasio Orders Municipal Employees Back To The Office

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

About 80,000 New York City employees who have been working from home since the pandemic are returning to their offices. The mayor believes that will send a powerful message about the city's recovery.


80,000 New York City Municipal Employees Report Back to Their Desks This Week

Monday, May 03, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the offices have taken safety steps, and that the move sends a powerful message about the city’s recovery efforts.