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:

Hanging On: How a Custom Framing Shop Survived the Pandemic

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.

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NYC Mayor De Blasio Orders Municipal Employees Back To The Office

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.

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80,000 New York City Municipal Employees Report Back to Their Desks This Week

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.

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Albany Appears Poised to Extend Eviction Moratorium Again

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.

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Tri State Teens Research Economic Inequality in Age of COVID-19

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.

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Vacant Storefronts Proliferate in NYC, And It’s No Easier To Identify Owners

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. 

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New York State Budget Includes “Huge” COVID-19 Relief Package For Small Businesses

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The $800 million will go to small businesses that are still limping along in the pandemic, despite federal stimulus grants.

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Reporter's Notebook: Seeing the Vaccine as a Monument to Human Achievement

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.

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Finally, A Play Opens: What It's Like To Be At One Of The First Indoor Shows In A Year

Sunday, April 04, 2021

"Blindness" is now running at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square.

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City Hotels Expect More Guests as New York State Lifts Quarantine for Domestic Travelers

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. 

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If You Get a Stimulus Check, Here’s How To Avoid Getting Fleeced With Fees

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.

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Stretched Thin: Gyms Fight For Their Own Federal Relief

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.

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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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