Brian Zumhagen

Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.

Brian Zumhagen appears in the following:

Benjamin Stein's Novel, The Canvas

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen discuss The Canvas, written by Stein and translated by Zumhagen. Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has two inter-related narratives that each begin at either end of the book and meet in the middle.


Elction-Year Tax Policy and Conflict in Middle East

Monday, July 09, 2012

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks to Brian Zumhagen about the Bush-era tax cuts, the European economy,...


Parents Push for Faster PCB Removal

Monday, June 11, 2012

Parents at a Brooklyn elementary school are calling on the Department of Education to move faster to remove toxic PCBs from lighting fixtures in school buildings around the city.

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The United States Faces Iran, Cyber Worms, Foreign Policy During an Election Year

Monday, June 04, 2012

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks to Brian Zumhagen about the nuclear development situation in Iran and the...


Council Poised to Ease Zoning to Boost Green Building

Monday, April 30, 2012

Zoning changes aimed at making it easier to construct energy-efficient buildings are expected to win approval from the City Council on Monday.  

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Council Considers Extending Whistleblower Protections

Monday, April 16, 2012

The City Council considered a package of bills aimed at preventing fraud in city contracting and strengthening protections for the people who expose it during a hearing Monday.

and strengthening protections for the people who expose it. 


City, MTA Trade Shots as West Side Crane Collapse Probe Continues

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The city and the MTA are trading shots over who owns the site of a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured four others on Tuesday.


Cause of Deadly Crane Collapse Under Investigation

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the MTA wasn't following the same safety rules at the site of Tuesday's crane collapse that other property owners must follow because the transportation authority is exempt from local regulations.


NYPD Docs Show Focus on Muslim Americans as Groups Call for an End of Surveillance

Friday, March 09, 2012

The NYPD collected information on many American-owned businesses in New York City, specifically because they were owned by Muslim-Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Associated Press. Several Muslim groups are calling for an end to the practice, even as Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to defend the department's methods.

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Families Could Reopen Case After Report Says 9/11 Remains Were Dumped in Landfill

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City say revelations that partial remains of several victims from the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., were incinerated by a military contractor and sent to a landfill could prompt them to re-open their case against the city. 


Lost Sketches by Auschwitz Survivor on View at NYU

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A new exhibit spotlights the work of a newspaper sketch artist who survived Auschwitz by doing portraits of SS guards. Learn about a daughter’s quest to reassemble her father’s body of work.

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Superfund Job Training Program Comes to Newark

Monday, February 13, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun training people from the Newark, New Jersey, area so they can work on the federal cleanup of the Passaic River.


Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan Backs Mortgage Settlement Plan

Friday, February 10, 2012

The U.S. Housing Secretary praised the federal-state settlement endorsed by the state’s Attorney General on Friday, saying help is on the way for homeowners facing foreclosure.

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CT Governor Dannel Malloy Says He's 'Embarrassed' by Police Scandal

Monday, February 06, 2012

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Monday he’s “embarrassed” by the allegations that members of the East Haven police department were attacking and intimidating Latino residents.


Kelly Says NYPD Has Launched Brutality Probe Over 'Troubling' Video

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD is conducting a brutality probe against four officers after a video showed a suspect being struck and kicked.

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More Low-Income New Yorkers Are Saving Tax Refunds, Officials Say

Monday, January 30, 2012

Low-income New Yorkers built up $250,000 in savings last year by putting their tax refunds in the bank as part of an incentive program, officials said Monday.

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Paul McCartney's Wife Nancy Shevell Steps Down From MTA Board

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nancy Shevell, wife of Paul McCartney, announced on Wednesday that she will step down from her post on MTA board.


MTA: Nighttime Shutdowns a More Efficient Way to Maintain the Subway

Monday, January 23, 2012

Transit officials say shutting down sections of subway lines for several nights in a row could be a new model for how to do maintenance work on the city’s subway system.


Cuomo: New York Needs a Teacher Evaluation System by Year's End

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defend his plan to deny school districts additional state funding unless they put in place a method for evaluating teachers. 


Top Court Rules State Can Compel Polluters to Restore Superfund Sites

Friday, December 16, 2011

New York's top court says the state can require major polluters to restore Superfund sites to the condition they were in before they were contaminated.