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:

Airflow Expert Warns MLK School Campus Should Remain Closed Until Repaired

Friday, September 11, 2020

Staff at a school building that houses multiple high schools in Manhattan have been warning of poor air quality and ventilation issues for months.


On NYC Schools Reopening, Parents Weigh Health Versus Mental Health

Monday, July 27, 2020

As New York City emerges from the most serious health crisis in recent history, another challenge is fast approaching: how to reopen schools.


Elected Officials Urge Governor Cuomo To Intervene On Behalf Of Ballots With Missing Postmarks

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

As the Board of Elections begins counting absentee ballots citywide Wednesday, advocates and lawmakers are asking Governor Cuomo to protect voters.


Appellate Division Says You Can File A Complaint About Police Misconduct Even If You're Not the Victim Or Witness

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Civilian Complaint Review Board wants to take complaints from people who saw an altercation on social media. They won the right on appeal.  


Immigrant Workers Left Without Unemployment or Federal Stimulus Want New York State To Help

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Vendors, house cleaners, restaurant workers and others are struggling to pay rent and eat. They are relying on a network of churches and community groups but say the help isn't enough. 


Mental Health Providers Meet Surge in Anxiety

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Mental health providers who work in low-income communities are losing revenue and spending more in technology as anxiety surges.


Staffing Shortage Aggravates Nursing Home Concerns

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thousands of elderly nursing-home residents are prohibited from receiving visitors because of the corona virus. Now, many family members concerned about chronic understaffing.


Two Deaths, Two Daughters And A Healthcare System That Failed

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Two unrelated elderly women with Alzheimer’s were found dead after getting lost in the city. Their daughters were overwhelmed and struggled to get them round the clock care. 

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New Report Says The Sick And Homeless Need A Clean Place To Heal

Friday, January 31, 2020

A new report is recommending New York City create a new kind of facility — medical respites — for homeless people who are too sick to live in a shelter.


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.  


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. 


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. 


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


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.  


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.


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.