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.

Beth Fertig appears in the following:

Migrant Mother Finally Regains Full Custody of Her Three Children In New York

Friday, July 13, 2018

Yeni Gonzalez Garcia is no longer limited to daily visits at an East Harlem foster care agency. She can now take her children with her as the family seeks asylum in the U.S. 

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NY Providers Say What They Can About Migrant Children in Their Care

Thursday, July 12, 2018

At a City Council hearing, some of the agencies providing federal foster care for children separated from their parents at the U.S. border took a defensive posture.


Family Reunification Updates

Thursday, July 12, 2018

WNYC senior reporter Beth Fertig discusses what's happening with families separated in the immigration crisis.

Only a Few Young Migrant Children Reunite With Parents in NYC

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Despite a court order, not all children under the age of five who had been sent to New York after being separated from their families were reunited on time.

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Migrant Families in Limbo as Trump Misses First Reunification Deadline

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A few of the young children who were supposed to be reunited with their families by today are in New York, but officials won't say how many.


Despite Social Media Complaints, MTA Says Fewer Hot Subway Cars Now than Last Year

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Think you've found the hottest subway car in New York? You're not alone. Complaints are rising via social media but the MTA says there are actually fewer cars without air conditioning.

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Immigrant Mom Gets to Visit Her Kids, but Custody Is Another Hurdle

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia saw her three children in New York after more than a month, thanks to volunteers who raised the money to bond her out of immigration detention in Arizona.


What It Takes To Reunify Immigrant Families

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

A mother detained in Arizona. Her kids sent to foster care in New York. 

Yeni's Story: A Migrant Family Reunited

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Beth Fertig, senior reporter with WNYC, speaks with us about Yeni, a Guatemalan migrant woman who was separated from her children by the Trump Administration.


Migrant Mom Poised to Reunite with Children Shares Detention Story

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia will see her children for the first time since they were separated from her at the U.S. border and sent to foster care in New York. She tells WNYC her story.

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Mom Separated From Kids At U.S. Border Heads to New York to Reunite With Them

Friday, June 29, 2018

Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia was released on bond from an Immigration and Customs detention center in Arizona on Thursday.

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Three Immigrant Siblings Separated from their Mother Take a Step Toward Reunification

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Three siblings staying in foster care in New York, who were taken away from their mother after crossing the U.S. border, could be reunited with their mom next week.


Push to Reunite Children Taken From Mother Begins for One Immigration Attorney

Monday, June 25, 2018

A lawyer finally connects with his detained client about her children in a New York foster agency, while hundreds of other children sent to the city remain in limbo.


Civil Liberties Groups Sue Trump Administration for Detaining Green Card Applicants

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Calling it a "bait and switch" tactic, civil liberties unions in New York and New Jersey are suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detaining undocumented green card applicants.


New York City Celebrates Pride Parade

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Yorkers came out in force Sunday to celebrate the annual LGBTQ march, covering the city with rainbow flags.


Hundreds of Immigrant Children in New York Are in Need of Lawyers

Friday, June 22, 2018

It is still unclear what will happen to the children who were separated from their families at the U.S. border


For Children Taken from the Border to New York, a Maze of Agencies and Legal Hurdles

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Amidst growing confusion about how many children have been sent to New York from the border, there is little state oversight of the places they stay and not enough lawyers for all.  

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As NYPD Loosens Marijuana Enforcement, Will Old Convictions Be Sealed?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is planning to seal the records of people with prior convictions for marijuana now that the NYPD will stop making as many arrests.


Cheers and Skepticism Greet NYPD's New Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Later this summer the NYPD is going to rely more heavily on issuing tickets instead of arrests for smoking marijuana. But it's still a long way from legalization.

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NYPD Expected to Ease Off Arrests for Public Pot Smoking

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sources say the new policy won't apply to suspects with open warrants, and police could still arrest people for behavior that appears to endanger the public, like smoking while driving.