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, 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.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Starting next week, courts throughout the state are taking new steps to decrease foot traffic and stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Democrats passed a law that they say created more equity in the bail system. But Republican's seized on that victory to amplify their law and order message and it appears to have worked.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Two years after Democrats took over the New York State Senate, Republicans are hoping to chip away at their majority by making bail reform a top issue - especially on Long Island.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled the government has the burden of proof when trying to keep an immigrant in prolonged detention, so long as they're not a convicted criminal.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Despite New York City's sanctuary law, ICE agents are accused of increasingly suggesting they’re NYPD to deceive immigrants into letting them into their homes.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Months after being elected, the president vowed to eradicate the MS-13 international gang.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
The Justice Department says it's now allowing video conferences at the immigration court in Newark, following complaints over the resumption of in-person hearings over the summer.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
A group of Latino residents in Suffolk County claim the Town of Islip is violating their voting rights in a trial that opened Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
In Islip, in Suffolk County, Latinos account for more than 30 percent of the town’s more than 300,000 residents. Yet, no Latino has ever been elected to the town board.
Monday, September 14, 2020
With grand juries hearing evidence now and felony defendants going to court in person, there are growing concerns the virus could spread again through the courts.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Courts struggle to juggle a backlog of cases due to COVID-19, coupled with a growing number of new cases. New York City is trying to get people back in the courtroom however they can appear.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Brooklyn housing court trials have resumed in a new location that’s considered safer in a pandemic than the cramped civil court building, but some parties prefer virtual trials.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio has acknowledged there's no simple reason for the spike in shootings, but is he right when he claims the court system isn't "functioning" due to the pandemic?
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
A $20 million gift from the Open Society Foundations to New York City took a while to set up. It's now expected to be given out in full by the end of July.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
New York’s new law eliminating bail for most offenses got overhauled in April after a backlash. The changes take effect July 2.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Members of congress and state lawmakers say Brooklyn’s Housing court is too unsanitary and crowded to be reopened. Their letter asks the Mayor to permanently relocate it.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis were arrested in the early hours of May 30th, after a chaotic night in which protesters threw bottles at police and the NYPD responded with force.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
WNYC's Jami Floyd and Beth Fertig discuss the Supreme Court's decision that the White House can't end the program that allows some children brought to the U.S. illegally to stay.