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:
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Landlords in New York State won’t be able to start eviction proceedings against commercial or residential tenants until August 31, instead of on May 1, if the bill passes as expected.
Monday, April 19, 2021
For this year’s high school competition, run by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, several teams studied the pandemic’s impact on income inequality up close.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
They’re a blight on the city and they may be racking up unpaid fines, but vacant storefronts often have owners who are tough to track down.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
The $800 million will go to small businesses that are still limping along in the pandemic, despite federal stimulus grants.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
By now, a third of all New Yorkers have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccination. WNYC's Beth Fertig joined that growing number over the weekend and has this reporter's notebook.
Sunday, April 04, 2021
"Blindness" is now running at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The city's battered hotel industry hopes more visitors will return starting April 1st, when domestic travelers no longer have to quarantine after entering from another state.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
New York City estimates 11% of residents are “unbanked,” and many of them stand to pay high fees when they cash their stimulus checks.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Restaurants and entertainment benefited in the latest federal stimulus package, but gyms and fitness centers are still seeking help, even though they were also hurt by shutdowns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.