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:
Thursday, January 23, 2020
A Guatemalan mom who's been apart from her teenage son since the end of 2017 is heading to New York so she can rejoin him.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Prominent Democrats are suggesting tweaks to the bail law are needed, to the dismay of the law’s supporters
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
The Trump administration has lost its latest bid to implement a rule that would make it harder for low income immigrants to get green cards.
Monday, January 06, 2020
After a series of anti-Semitic attacks, top New York Democrats are suggesting they’ll consider changes to the controversial new bail laws.
Thursday, January 02, 2020
We spent a morning watching arraignments at Manhattan Criminal Court to see the impact of the state’s controversial new bail laws.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter, previews New York's new discovery and bail laws and whether they will lead to more defendants taking more pleas instead of pursuing trials.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Prosecutors will have to share evidence with defendants much faster, once New York state’s new bail and discovery laws take effect in January.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
A look at the costs of bail reform, and whether the state is ready to cover them.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
We continue our series on bail reform by looking at whether the sweeping changes taking effect Jan. 1 are appropriate for people accused of serious crimes.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
NYC has an established alternative to bail reform, but how ready is it to take on 4 times as many defendants awaiting trial?
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The Supreme Court weights the end of DACA.
Monday, November 04, 2019
Because cameras still aren’t allowed in federal court, media organizations rely on a small group of New York City artists to depict what happens at trials and hearings.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
A Honduran woman and daughter who were seeking asylum for HIV persecution may now be reunited, after their separation at the border last year.
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
This family is among hundreds the ACLU claims were wrongfully separated at the border, in the year since a judge blocked the Trump Administration from taking kids away from parents.
Friday, August 16, 2019
A Chinese restaurant worker claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement violated its own policy by detaining him as he pursued a federal lawsuit against a former employer.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
New York City braced for immigration raids that didn’t come to pass on Sunday.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
After almost three decades of leadership by former Queens DA Richard Brown, the seven challengers running to replace him are competing to showcase their progressive credentials.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
There will be a debate among the seven Democrats running for Queens D.A. in the Greene Space on Wednesday. The question is: who will be the biggest reformer?
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
The American Bar Association says the nation's immigration courts are so overloaded they're "on the brink of collapse." Now new data show the backlog has grown to almost 900,000 cases.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Omar Helalat has spent more than a year at an ICE detention center outside Buffalo, even though charges against him were dropped. His lawyer claims that’s unconstitutional.