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:
Saturday, March 09, 2019
Eighteen-year-olds coming into the U.S. can be placed in adult detention centers, apart from their families. One young woman was denied entry while her mother and sister were allowed to seek asylum.
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
A story of a Honduran family of asylum-seekers.
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
New reporting from WNYC examines the persecution of people living with HIV in Honduras and how asylum proceedings can split families, even when they're fleeing for the same reasons.
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
They fled persecution in Honduras. Despite identical circumstances, they were separated at the Texas border, and the daughter was deported.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The lawsuit claims technical failures with video technology are rampant, leading to delays, and even more time in detention.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Manhattan's busy federal court has a backup plan if the shutdown causes contract workers, including security guards, to call in absent: hearings by video.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
As migrants from Central America gather in Tijuana, hoping to apply for asylum, volunteers from New York have joined them to provide moral support.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Several shoppers at the Union Square Holiday Market said recent losses on Wall Street are having an impact on their choice of holiday presents.
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Darcel Clark says she won't seek an opinion from the high court to overturn a ruling that found immigrants deserve jury trials when accused of misdemeanors.
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
The New Sanctuary Coalition is training the volunteers before they travel to the border to help migrants.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
He was a brash intellectual, a progressive and a Wall Street lawyer and he was the first non-educator to lead the nation's largest school system.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The Legal Aid Society calls it a "landmark case" that will provide clients a meaningful opportunity to fight against criminal charges that could lead to deportation.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
As opposition mounts against Amazon's move to Queens, the conversation isn't just about gentrification and local jobs, but also about the company's role in immigration enforcement.
Monday, November 19, 2018
The NYPD says it's treating white supremacists and hate groups as "domestic terrorists."
Friday, November 16, 2018
After immigrants get arrested in New York City, a lawsuit claims they spend months in detention, apart from their families, waiting to see a judge for the first time.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
An appellate court in Brooklyn ruled that local police officers in New York state can't detain immigrants solely to turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement without a judicial warrant.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
A New York appellate court has ruled it's against the law for local police to make civil immigration arrests and to detain immigrants beyond their release date.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
New York City landlords always had attorneys in housing court, but tenants almost never had representation. Until now.
Monday, November 12, 2018
The Bronx Defenders' model of holistic representation, which provides defendants with additional support services, reduced sentence lengths by 24 percent according to a new study.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Immigrant kids who enter the U.S. alone are being detained in shelters for too long, according to a lawsuit, because of onerous new background checks required of their relatives.