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:

Fighting Back: Apps Kept City Restaurants and Gig Workers Afloat During the Pandemic, But Now They Want More

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.

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NYC Evictions Declined By More Than 80 Percent In 2020

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.

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City’s Recovery May Drag Out Until 2023 or Later, According to New Report

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.

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After Judge Steps In, East Ramapo School Board Election Gives Greater Voice to Black and Brown Parents

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.

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Small Businesses Look to Albany For Rent Relief

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.

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New York City Residential Sales Increase in Fourth Quarter of 2020

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.

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Detained Immigrants Seek Release Under Biden’s New Enforcement Priorities, Hoping ICE Will Comply

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.  

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To Address Racial Bias, East Ramapo Is Holding a Different Type of School Board Election

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. 

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Liberian Immigrants Get Relief in Biden's Executive Orders

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.

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With DACA Restored, Thousands Of Immigrants Wait For Applications To Be Processed

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.

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Immigrant Groups Sue Trump Administration Over 'Last Ditch' Rule Change

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.

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Concerns Grow Over How NYC Jails Are Handling Pandemic's Second Wave

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.

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How Are City Jails Managing The Pandemic’s Second Wave?

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

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“I Found A Voice”: What An Immigrant Volunteer Learned From Testing New Yorkers for COVID-19

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.

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City’s Jail Population Rises After Bail Reform Gets a Rewrite

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.

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Young Migrants Scramble to Meet One More Legal Hurdle from Trump Administration

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.

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Trump Administration Allows Young Immigrants to Apply for DACA Protections After Losing Court Case

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

For the first time since 2017, immigrants can apply for the program that provides work authorization and protection from deportation.

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New York Judges Sue State for Age Discrimination

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.

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As Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers Struggle to Pay Rent, Eviction Filings Are Down Not Up, What Gives?

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.

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New DACA Ruling Has Undocumented Immigrants Hopeful Biden Will Expand Program

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.

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