Christopher Werth

Senior Editor, WNYC Narrative Unit

Christopher Werth is a senior editor in WNYC’s Narrative Unit. Prior to that, he worked as editor/senior producer of The Daily at The New York Times and senior producer at Freakonomics Radio. He spent eight years as a public-radio reporter in London, reporting for NPR, Marketplace, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times and the BBC World Service.

Christopher Werth appears in the following:

More Than A Month After Ida, A Family That Lost Everything Still Without a Home

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“It’s as if it were prohibited for immigrants to attain housing with dignity.”


WNYC Investigation Finds Potential Links To Far-Right Militia In The NYPD

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Mayor de Blasio promised an immediate investigation into any ties between city employees and the Oath Keepers militia.


A Brooklyn School Quarantined A Third Of Its Staff, But Parents Weren't Told

Friday, September 24, 2021

The episode happened at the Spring Creek school building in East New York, which houses staff and students for three separate schools.


Storming Of The Gates: A Small Town With A Big Prison And A Bloody History

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Local residents in the town of Attica don't mind the stigma of the prison uprising that took place here 50 years ago, but they remain clear-eyed about what really happened. 


The Legacy of Abu Ghraib

Friday, September 10, 2021

One man’s ongoing effort to get justice for the abuse he endured at a U.S. prison in Iraq.

How Zillow Explains Education Inequity

Monday, August 30, 2021

Hundred year old school buildings. Sputtering HVAC systems. Covid revealed a legacy of racism that’s built into the physical infrastructure of education.

The Man, the Myth, the Manipulation

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Why do we equate macho bullying with competent leadership? The cautionary tale of Andrew Cuomo.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Haiti and International Aid

Monday, August 23, 2021

Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.

Affirmative Action: Truths and Lies

Monday, August 16, 2021

“Reverse racism” has haunted the fight for job equity for generations. How’d this bizarre idea become such a bugbear? One Supreme Court case, 50 years ago helps explain.

What the Olympics Taught Us About Us

Monday, August 09, 2021

If sports are a metaphor for life, what are they telling us about our society right now?

‘Ethical People Can Be Effective’

Monday, August 02, 2021

Remembering the life of Bob Moses, and his mission to build a more equitable America from the bottom up.

To Protect and Observe: A History

Monday, July 26, 2021

Today’s viral videos of police abuse have a long political lineage. But what if one of the oldest tools of copwatching is now taken away?

The American Story, in Half a Year

Monday, July 19, 2021

2021 began with an insurrection, and it’s remained quietly intense ever since. We open the phones for a six-month check in on the political culture of the Biden era.

The Short Life and Early Death of Voting Rights

Monday, July 12, 2021

Birth, August 1965. Death, July 2021. So now what for multiracial democracy?

Can America Be Redeemed?

Monday, July 05, 2021

Eddie Glaude and Imani Perry consider the question through the work of James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Plus: How our country could enter a period of “post-traumatic growth.”

How the Right’s Anti-Trans Hate Machine Works

Monday, June 28, 2021

More than 100 anti-Trans bills have been introduced across 30 states since January. We find out what’s happening — both in the courts and in society — and what still needs to be done. 

Why We Must Vote

Monday, June 21, 2021

New York City faces a consequential election. We look at the history of our local election laws. Plus, the mastermind behind new voting restrictions nationally.

David Dinkins vs. the NYPD

Monday, June 14, 2021

How NYC’s first Black mayor tried to balance concerns about public safety with demands for a more accountable police force -- and the violent resistance he faced from the police union.

The ‘Big Bang’ in Jazz History

Monday, May 31, 2021

Composer Jason Moran takes Kai on a musical journey back to 1918, when a group of Black soldiers reinvented American music.

How NYPD ‘Kettled’ the Spirit of Reform

Monday, May 24, 2021

New Yorkers reacted to George Floyd’s murder with mass protests demanding police accountability. NYPD met them with targeted violence and abuse.