Bob Hennelly


WNYC's Bob Hennelly is an award-winning investigative journalist. While at WNYC he has reported on a wide gamut of major public policy questions ranging from immigration and homeland security to power outages and utility mergers.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, he has always had a keen interest in the role of immigration in the evolution of the United States historically. Before coming to WNYC he was national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Network News. His written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Chrisitian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. He has acted as a consultant/reporter for “60 Minutes” and been featured on C-Span's “America and the Courts” as well as on C-Span's “Washington Roundtable.” He went to Ramapo College in New Jersey and also worked there as an adjunct teaching environmental journalism, a course he originated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.


Bob Hennelly appears in the following:

With A United GOP Behind Him, Christie Seeks to Divide Dems

Thursday, April 11, 2013

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie campaigns for re-election, he leads a united Republican party. And on the campaign trail he is doing his best to fracture the state's Democrats.


NJ Panel Call For Tougher Gun Regulations, Penalties

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A blue ribbon panel appointed by Governor Chris Christie after the Newtown school shooting massacre wants the state to tighten its gun regulations  and the access minors have to violent video games. The task force also wants to see increased access to mental health counseling.

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Christie Defends Rutgers President

Monday, April 08, 2013


Gov. Chris Christie is standing by Rutgers University President Robert Barchi as he faces a growing chorus calling for his dismissal


NJ State Senate Race Tight as Primary Deadline Nears

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monday is the deadline for candidates for New Jersey's state and local offices to submit petitions to get on the June 4 party primary ballot.


Newark Gets Water Utility Back

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


A controversial non-profit that runs the City of Newark's vast water supply system is being disbanded after several investigations raised questions about mismanagement of the agency. The utility will now revert back to the City's control.


Trails of Post Sandy Debris Surface with Spring

Sunday, March 24, 2013


A lot of attention has been focused on the damage Sandy caused to beaches. But as spring blooms, officials are just now getting a sense of what a blow the storm was to millions of acres of public forest lands and hiking trails.


AC Workers Feel Post Sandy Housing Crunch

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Atlantic City's casinos were mostly spared during Sandy, but the workers are struggling to find affordable housing there. A rental housing shortage extends far beyond the Jersey shore.


Christie Comment Alienates Host

Thursday, March 14, 2013


The African American pastor who hosted Governor Chris Christie's town hall this week has asked the Governor to apologize for his comments about Democratic Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver.

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In Hunt for Votes, Christie Amps up Voucher Talk

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Never one to shy away from a fight, Gov. Chris Christie told the mostly African-American crowd at a town hall in Paterson that one of their own was failing them by not supporting public funding of vouchers for private schools. He called out Speaker of the Assembly Sheila Oliver, and now she says it was inappropriate to discuss her race.


Fight Brewing Between Towns and State Over Utilities’ Taxes

Monday, March 11, 2013

For years, Trenton has been diverting millions of dollars in local property payments due to municipalities from gas and electric utilities to close state budget gaps.


Bob Hennelly on Senator Menendez

Thursday, March 07, 2013

WNYC’s Bob Hennelly discusses the Senate ethics probe into the relationship between New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez's and a major campaign donor. We’ll also look at Sen. Menendez’s campaign finance operation and his broader sphere of influence.

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Inside the K-Street Trade Group Where Menendez's Influence Meets Washington Money

Wednesday, March 06, 2013


A Senate ethics probe into the relationship between Senator Robert Menendez's and a Miami doctor and major campaign donor is bringing additional scrutiny to Senator Menendez's formidable campaign finance operation and his sphere of influence.

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Sequester Meets Sandy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses how the automatic spending sequester cuts will affect local services, including some of the money slated for Sandy relief.

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Automatic Federal Cuts Would Hit Sandy Aid

Sunday, February 24, 2013


The cuts in federal spending called for by the debt ceiling deal between the Republican-controlled Congress and President Obama in 2011 are set to take effect Friday and without some last minute reprieve, the cuts will have an impact on Sandy reconstruction efforts. 


Menendez Pushes Forward Despite Ethics Probe

Friday, February 15, 2013


It has been a tough week for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. The senator faces an ethics probe into flights he took to the Dominican Republic on a jet belonging to Doctor Salomon Melgen, a big campaign donor Menendez has gone to bat for with the federal government.


The Latest on the Menendez Investigation

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, looks at the question of where the line between politics-as-usual and something else is in the case of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.

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Causes of Sandy Flooding Rooted in Over Development

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


New Jersey officials, led by Governor Chris Christie, have repeatedly cited the state's "Blue Acres" program  as a viable option for dealing with neighborhoods that were badly flooded in storms Sandy and Irene. The program buys property from homeowners and converts the area to a park. But for the thousands of New Jersey residents looking for a buyout, Blue Acres might as well be a unicorn.

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Ongoing Questions in Menendez Saga

Monday, February 11, 2013


Questions continue to dog New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez about his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Doctor Salomon Melgen.


Many Sandy Families Stay Put and Brave Blizzard

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New York City officials say this weekend's snowstorm prompted 19 families, who had been toughing it out in their Sandy-damaged housing, to take the government up on its offer to provide hotel rooms. But non-profits groups say thousands more continue to make do in substandard housing.


As Blizzard Looms, Officials on Edge About Some Sandy-Hit Residents

Friday, February 08, 2013

More than 100 days after Sandy struck the region, the impending blizzard has officials and social service non-profits worried about the thousands who maybe living in substandard housing damaged by the October storm.