Fred Mogul

Healthcare and Medicine Reporter, WNYC News

Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002. 

His beat has him talking to patients, healthcare providers, researchers and officials in hospitals, clinics, health agencies and labs across the region. Through a fellowship with NPR and Kaiser Health News, his stories frequently run nation-wide. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer and many other outlets. 

His first work in radio was at WFCR in western Massachusetts during college, and he then worked as a staff reporter and free-lance writer for newspapers, magazines, and wire services. He also produced historical, public affairs and health documentaries and shows for public and cable television, before circling back to public radio at WHYY and WRTI in Philadelphia. Raised in Westchester County, he has also lived in Israel, Hong Kong, Washington, D.C., Kansas and Nebraska. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, son and dog.

Read Fred's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Fred Mogul appears in the following:

Doctors Continue Research Into Rare Inflammatory Syndrome In Children With COVID-19

Friday, July 10, 2020

A tiny subset of children exposed to the coronavirus have later developed a strange new inflammatory syndrome. Most fully recover, yet doctors still want to track them for long-term health problems.


Coronavirus Contact Tracers Are On The Line. Many Are Getting Through, But The System Still Has Drop-Outs

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Health officials from New York City and Albany are both experiencing obstacles as they ramp up their contact tracing programs.


As Coronavirus Testing Grows, Swabs Shrink. (And That's Good News.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Around 30,000 people are getting tested for coronavirus each day in New York City at more than 300 different sites. And at many places, testing is less intrusive than ever before.


His Mysterious Illness Was Triggered By Covid. He’s Better Now. But What About In The Future?

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

In a small number of children, the SARS2 coronavirus seems to trigger an auto-immune illness that could have long-term consequences. Doctors are monitoring them closely.


Coffers Shrinking, Area Hospitals Await Aid

Monday, May 04, 2020

With costs for overtime, extra staffing and equipment ballooning and revenues from elective procedures shriveling, officials say a new federal aid package can't come soon enough.


At Hospice Unit, One Doctor Says A Lot Of Healing Still To Come

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Metro-area hospitals may be getting a little less crowded, but COVID-19 remains an overwhelming fact of life – and death.  This is the story of one hospice doctor.


Antibody Tests Attract Hopes, Dreams, and Confusion

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Many New Yorkers want a test to prove they had COVID-19, if they were never 100% sure or never got a lab test. But not everyone understands what antibodies say about immunity.

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As Nurses Aid New York, Other States Worry They'll Be Short-Staffed Too

Friday, April 24, 2020

New York says more than 25,000 workers have come from outside to help in their hospitals. That's left leaders in other states worried they may not have the help they need when cases peak elsewhere.


Early Antibody Tests Suggest Coronavirus Infected One In Five NYC Residents

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The survey comes with many caveats, starting with its small sample size and the kinds of donors tested. But provides a glimpse of how  widespread the virus is.


USNS Comfort To Sail Into The Sunset

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Gov. Cuomo says New York City no longer needs the "Comfort," the US Navy's 1,000-bed floating hospital, because the COVID-19 outbreak is increasingly under control. 


Testing, Testing: Where We Stand on Detecting The Virus And The People Who've Recovered

Monday, April 20, 2020

There are different tests and different populations that need to be tested depending on what the goal is. We clear up the confusion. 


Shortage Of Dialysis Equipment Leads To Difficult Decisions In New York ICUs

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hospital workers on the front lines in the New York metro area have been sounding the alarm about an insufficient supply of dialysis machines for patients with COVID-19-related kidney damage.


Doctors At Hard-Hit Hospitals Say They're Facing Shortage Of Dialysis Equipment

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Fears about ventilator shortages have dominated headlines. But doctors in coronavirus hotspots are finding themselves scrambling for enough dialysis machines, to save patients with damaged kidneys.


Covid-19 Is Kicking Patients' Kidneys Too, While Dialysis Equipment and Staff Are Running Out.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The novel coronavirus first and foremost affects the lungs. But as many as one-third of ICU patients need dialysis — even though they never had kidney problems before.


Traveling Nurses Arrive To Reinforce Exhausted Locals

Monday, April 13, 2020

About 90,000 healthcare workers have volunteered to help New York – including about 25,000 from out of state – but vetting them and deploying them has been slow.


'You Need To Rescue The Patients We Need The Most Help With,' Hospital Chief Tells Navy

Friday, April 03, 2020

The USN Comfort has 1,000 beds and about 20 patients. The head of the state's coronavirus task force lashes into the federal government for refusing people with COVID-19.

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With Ventilators Limited, Doctors Are Making Life-and-Death Choices.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

State health officials spent years drafting ethical guidelines, so everyone would be treated fairly, and doctors would be spared wrenching choices. But hospitals still mostly improvise. 


Hospital Chaplains And Counselors Are Frontline Workers, Too

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Hospitals are growing more tense by the day as the influx of severe coronavirus cases puts pressure on doctors, nurses, orderlies -- everyone in the health care system.

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No, We're Not Getting Protective Gear From Cuomo, Nurses Say

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Cuomo administration says masks and gowns and other gear for hospital workers are plentiful, but front-line nurses and others are still saying there are shortages. 


Cuomo Dismayed That Senate Stimulus Package Won't Fill Deepening Budget Hole

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York's two U.S. Senators are sparring over a proposed federal stimulus package that’s expected to pass Congress in the coming days.