Dan Blumberg

Dan joined the station in 2004 as producer of WNYC’s All Things Considered and later moved on to Morning Edition. He works closely with the show’s host to keep the content interesting and fresh. He also handles breaking news, such as the transit strike, and reports on a variety of stories, ranging from the court battle over same sex marriage to the efforts to bring a NASCAR race track to Staten Island.

Prior to joining WNYC, Dan worked at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio for more than two years. There he rose from intern to produce the station’s 2002 election coverage and became an associate editor and director of Eight Forty-Eight, a daily news and cultural affairs show. Dan is proud to say he grew up on Roosevelt Island and, though he has since moved on to Brooklyn, he happened to be there the night a power failure left the tram stuck over the East River for hours on end. Dan got his start in radio at Wesleyan University’s WESU where he hosted a jazz music show and called play by play for baseball and football games.

Dan Blumberg appears in the following:

The Obama Years: The View from New York

Friday, January 20, 2017

An hour of radio, in which WNYC journalists trace the beautiful, contentious, and complicated legacy of America's first black President.


Time Warner to Split AOL into Separate Company

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Time Warner plans to spin off AOL into a separate company. It's a move that's been expected for months and marks the end of an ill-fated media marriage. WNYC's Dan Blumberg reports.

In a joint statement, the CEO's of AOL and Time Warner say splitting into ...


From Homer to Homer: Morning Edition Spans Millennia

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Homer homerstamp

We achieved a rare feat on Morning Edition today. In the span of just eight minutes we took you from Springfield's Homer to ancient Greece's Homer!

Homer and his fellow ...


Governor: Don't Underestimate Dire Financial Crisis

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Governor Paterson says if New York's fiscal situation doesn't improve, more budget cuts and layoffs could be in store. The governor says corporate tax receipts were down in March and he's concerned that income tax revenue will be down, too. He says everything will be ...


Rock Hall of Fame Welcomes RUN-DMC

Friday, April 03, 2009

Fotex Shooting Star/Sony Legacy

Fotex Shooting Star/Sony Legacy

Need a break from all the 'economy going to hell' stories? We did this morning and were glad to have this tribute to RUN D-M-C on Morning Edition today. The band is not the first ...


Governor Reveals $131.8 Billion Budget

Monday, March 30, 2009

Governor Paterson and legislative leaders formally unveiled their spending plan for the fiscal year that begins on Wednesday. The $131.8 billion budget relies on federal stimulus money, a slew of new taxes, including ones on the wealthy, and slower health care growth to bridge a ...


AA Apologizes for “Unexpected Stop” (a.k.a. Emergency Landing)

Monday, March 23, 2009



What’s the best way to apologize to customers when instead of flying them to Chicago, they must brace for impact and pray to survive an emergency landing? Well, if you’re American Airlines, you “take the opportunity to apologize” for “disrupting [their] travel plans” and provide an e-voucher for $250. Below, we have the letter sent to passengers on board the March 11th flight that was supposed to be a simple flight from LaGuardia to Chicago, but – thanks to an engine malfunction – ended with an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport with fire trucks and ambulances at the ready. No one was hurt, though many were “inconvenienced.”

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Serenity Now! Madoff Media Circus No Match for Tai Chi

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Helicopters, photographers, tai chi, oh my! Listen to WNYC's Arun Venugopal describe the scene outside the Lower Manhattan courthouse where Bernard Madoff later pled guilty to fraud, saying he was 'sorry and ashamed.' Madoff told the judge he began the fraud in response to a recession, but believed it would ...

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Everyone OK after Emergency Landing at JFK

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There was an emergency landing at JFK airport this morning, but officials say there is no sign of a bird strike. American Airlines Flight 309 took off from LaGuardia, but quickly lost power in one engine and was forced to land at JFK. No one was injured. We spoke to ...


Spitzer Shocker Was One Year Ago Today

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SpitzerOne year ago today, I was sitting in the dingy confines of CR-2, the primary on air control room at WNYC's old studios on Centre Street. It had been a quiet afternoon so far and my shift as the midday ...

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Morning News by the #'s

Thursday, March 05, 2009

$1.9B - That's how much Medicaid funding the City is expecting Governor Paterson to allocate from the federal stimulus money. Mayor Bloomberg says the city deserves an additional $200M to $500M.

2328 - The number of homeless people volunteers spotted in this year's homeless count. It's a ...


Morning News by the #'s

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Here are the key numbers for 3/3/09, a.k.a. Square Root Day:

11% - How much the cost of a typical Manhattan apartment increased last year. Prices of Manhattan condos and co-ops all went up. The only problem: there were 25% fewer deals and apartments were two and a half ...


Hudson River Splashdown Wrecked Air Traffic Controller

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

Fearing US Airways Flight 1549 had crashed and no one would survive, air traffic controller Patrick Harten said he was an emotional wreck after the plane disappeared from his radar screen. Harten is speaking about the crash for the first time, as the US House holds a hearing today on what lessons the nation can learn from the averted disaster.

Harten recalled how he told pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to return to LaGuardia, then offered up a runway at Teterboro. Sullenberger replied that his plane was 'gonna be in the Hudson” and the rest of the “miracle” is history. Only Harten didn’t trust Sully’s flying prowess: “People don’t survive landings on the Hudson River,” he said today, “I thought it was his own death sentence.”

After the plane disappeared from his radar, Harten was relieved from his duty, saying he was in no shape to guide planes through the air. He said that moment was 'his lowest low.' He couldn't even speak to his wife, opting to send a text message instead: 'Had a crash. I'm not OK. Can't talk right now.'

Listen here for Harten's entire opening statement before the House Aviation Committee:


"I Heard Lincoln That Day"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863. National Archives

Dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

Here’s a treat from the WNYC Archives, on this the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. ...

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The Morning News by the Numbers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Seems every story these days is about numbers. Here are this morning's key digits:

$2B - How much more money in unemployment insurance Albany is releasing. New unemployment claims have doubled from a year ago to a weekly average ...


A-Rod Admission Leaves Questions Unanswered

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (Getty)

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (Getty)

Give A-Rod credit. He did what many Major Leaguers would not dare do. Still, the city's sports columnists were not too impressed with Alex Rodriguez's admission that he used steroids. A-Rod or A-Roid, as the tabloids now call him, says he used steroids after he signed the richest contract in sports history with the Texas Rangers. He says he's not sure what steroid he used, wouldn't say where he got it, and says it was only from 2001 to 2003, while he was with the Texas Rangers. He says his Yankee days have been squeaky clean.

Here's Mike Lupica's take on the admission in the Daily News:

'You have to shake your head with this guy. Because only A-Rod, on a day when he made this kind of confession, could also try to sell you this:

'I took the drugs to make myself even better than I already was ... and then discovered that I am even greater without them!

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Source of Manhattan Maple Syrup Smell Revealed!

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Mayor Bloomberg says sleuths from agencies in the city and New Jersey have identified the source of the mysterious maple syrup smell that would pop up from time to time, usually on the Upper West Side. The source: a facility in Hudson County ...

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A New York Take on the Year in Review

Monday, December 29, 2008

It would be an understatement to call 2008 "an eventful year." From the drama of the presidential election to the financial meltdown, 2008 was certainly historic. As we listen back on the year that was, it seems like New Yorkers were always in the middle ...


Guns and Football

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Guns and football. It's a combination that's far more common than just the Plaxico Burress incident this weekend. The Giants put an end to the star wide receiver's season and suspended him for action's "detrimental to the team." But Burress is certainly not the only ...


NHL Season Preview

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Mets collapsed. The Yankees never came together and for the first time in more than a decade there is no baseball in New York this October. That means fans here may focus on other sports a little earlier than usual this year: basketball, football, ...