Cindy Rodriguez

Reporter, WNYC News

Cindy Rodriguez is an Investigative Reporter at New York Public Radio.  

 

Rodriguez joined the news staff in 2002.  She’s covered immigrant communities, the city’s dramatic rise in family homelessness, attempts to reform the city’s vast child welfare system, and the dire conditions of public housing.

 Most recently, Rodriguez was part of  Caught, a podcast that documents how the problem of mass incarceration starts with the juvenile justice system. Caught just received a prestigious 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia award for outstanding journalism in the public interest.

 Rodriguez’s other award-winning stories include investigations into the deaths of construction workers during the city’s building boom and the “three-quarter-house” industry—a network of independent, privately run buildings that pack vulnerable people into unsanitary, overcrowded buildings in exchange for their welfare funds. 

 In 2013, Rodriguez was one of 13 US Journalists to be selected as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan where her study project was on the intersection of poverty and mental health.  

Rodriguez is also an adjunct Professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York. She’s originally from San Antonio, Texas. 

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Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

Deaths of Homeless New Yorkers Jump Nearly 40 Percent

Friday, January 17, 2020

They died in hospitals, shelters, outside the entrance of a building, on a subway car, in an abandoned building, and in a vacant lot. Many suffered from disease and addiction.  

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The Man Accused Of Hate Crime Went From Wanting To Be An NFL Star To Mental Disability

Friday, January 03, 2020

Grafton Thomas was around 18 when his mom first saw signs her son was mentally ill. Two decades later he would be arrested for a shocking crime in a quiet hamlet of New York. 

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Man Accused Of Hate Crime Was Previously Questioned In Another Local Stabbing

Friday, January 03, 2020

Grafton Thomas was questioned by Ramapo Detectives in November while they were investigating an attack on a Hasidic man as he walked to morning prayers. 

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How Housing Discrimination Can Force A Family Into Homelessness

Monday, December 16, 2019

Cindy Rodriguez tells the story of a mother and daughter who say this form of discrimination has shocked and shaken them.  

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Report: Fear Driving in Uptick in Number of Immigrants Visiting Soup Kitchens

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The report from the Food Bank for New York says Trump Administration policies making families wary of taking federal aid out of fear they'd jeopardize their immigration status

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Advocates Not Satisfied by Mayor's Plan to Stop Police Shootings of Mentally Ill

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The plan focuses on preventing 911 calls involving the mentally ill from happening in the first place. But advocates say that's not enough to prevent more deadly altercations.  

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Overdose Death Rates Go Down Citywide — But Rise Sharply in East Harlem

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

National attention has been focused on the opioid crisis in rural areas and suburbs. But a much different story is playing out here in New York City. And it's getting worse. 

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How Are Police Officers Responding to Pantaleo's Firing?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Since Eric Garner's death in 2014, about 150 NYPD officers have been fired. We examine why this one is such a lightning rod, and whether it'll affect routine decision-making by police.

NYPD Officer Involved In The Chokehold Death Of Eric Garner Fired By The Department

Monday, August 19, 2019

The officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner has been fired by the New York City Police Department.

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Judge’s Ruling Calls for Firing of Officer Pantaleo Over Garner Death

Monday, August 05, 2019

An NYPD administrative judge has called for the firing of Officer Pantaleo. What's next? 

NYPD Judge Says Officer Charged In Eric Garner's Death Should Be Fired

Friday, August 02, 2019

A judge has recommended that the officer involved in the choking death of Eric Garner lose his job. Now it's up to the police commissioner to decide.

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Brian Lehrer Special Coverage: NYPD Judge Says Officer in Eric Garner Case Should Be Fired

Friday, August 02, 2019

The mayor's press conference responding to the recommendation that Officer Pantaleo be fired, followed by analysis and calls. 
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Judge Recommends Firing The N.Y. Officer Involved In Eric Garner's Death

Friday, August 02, 2019

A judge recommends the New York officer involved in Eric Garner's death be terminated from his job. That's according to reporting by WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez.

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When it Comes to Police Misconduct, Body-Worn Camera Videos Are Slow to Come

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Civilian Complaint Review Board wants direct access to video from police body-worn cameras — just as oversight boards do in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New Orleans. 

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Prosecutors Will Not Seek Federal Charges Against NYPD Officer In Eric Garner's Death

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

There will be no federal charges in the choking death of Eric Garner. The government says it doesn't have evidence to charge the officer involved in Garner's death five years ago on Staten Island.

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Justice Dept Will Not Bring Federal Charges Against Officer In Eric Garner Death

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Garner was an unarmed black man whose death was caught on cell phone videos.

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Behind the Scenes Battle in the NYPD Disciplinary Trial

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The trial has revealed a new stage in the ongoing battle between the city's powerful police union and the independent board that handles citizens complaints.

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Administrative Trial Begins For NYPD Officer Implicated In Eric Garner's Death

Monday, May 13, 2019

The New York City police officer implicated in the choking death of Eric Garner could lose his job. The city began a disciplinary hearing in the case of officer Daniel Pantaleo on Monday.

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5 Years After Eric Garner's Death, NYPD Officer Faces Administrative Trial

Monday, May 13, 2019

New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo was never indicted in the choking death of Eric Garner. This week he's facing a disciplinary trial that could cost him his job with the force.

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NYCHA Privatization Includes Landlord Who Owes the City Nearly $150 Million

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Housing Authority awarded a contract to a company that's owed property taxes for more than a decade. 

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