George Joseph

WNYC Investigative reporter

George Joseph can be emailed securely with a protonmail email account at You can also text him, via the encrypted phone app Signal or otherwise, at 929-486-4865.

George Joseph is an investigative reporter, focusing on law enforcement corruption, misconduct, and surveillance technology. He joined WNYC's news team in 2019 and is now a member of its Race & Justice Unit. His first major series uncovered secret lists of police misconduct, maintained by prosecutors' offices across New York City. The series won the New York  Associated Press Association's First Amendment award and prompted a federal court monitor to order the NYPD to incorporate such lists into a red flag algorithm for misconduct. He is currently in the middle of a series investigating allegations of rampant police corruption in Mount Vernon, New York, a city just north of the Bronx in Westchester County. Thus far, the reporting has drawn on secret recordings made by a whistleblower and dozens of interviews with police officers, drug dealers, and former prosecutors. The series resulted in the disbandment of the Mount Vernon Police Department’s narcotics unit. It also became the major campaign issue in the 2020 Westchester Democratic District Attorney primary, which resulted in the ouster of a sitting District Attorney.


George Joseph appears in the following:

Hacked Records Show Hundreds Of Oath Keepers Across New Jersey

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Oath Keepers group has long sought to recruit military and police recruits to further their anti-federal government agenda.


How Hacked Records Revealed Oath Keepers Ties With Police Departments

Friday, October 08, 2021

From New York to California.

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.


Rikers in Crisis: A Rare Visit From the Mayor, What Role Judges Play

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Judges in New York City continue to set bail and send more people to jail. What role do they play in the crisis at Rikers? Plus, the Mayor's first visit to the jail complex since 2017. 

With Deaths Mounting At Rikers, Will Judges Continue With Business As Usual?

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Judges play a major role in driving New York City's jail population, which is mostly made up of defendants waiting for trial.

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42 Year Old Detainee Dies Inside Rikers Island

Monday, September 20, 2021

According to his lawyers, Isaabdul Karim contracted COVID-19 after languishing inside an intake area for ten days.


Mayor de Blasio Offers Controversial Plan To Address Chaos At Rikers Island

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mayor de Blasio is promising emergency repairs and greater scrutiny of correction officers who duck work. 


Storming of The Gates: 50 Years After Attica, Activists Are Still Fighting To End Coerced Prison Labor

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

One of the Attica prisoners’ key demands, ending forced labor, was never realized. 


A Rise in Suicides at Rikers Island

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

An examination of the problems at Rikers Island and other NYC jails.

Self-Harm Is Spiking In New York City Jails

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The rise started a few months into the pandemic, while many jail services and programs were not available.

9/11 and the Rise of the 21st Century NYPD | PART TWO The Rise of The NYPD

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Part Two of our series on "9/11 and the Rise of the 21st Century NYPD," examines the ways in which the NYPD transformed in the wake of the attacks.


Brooklyn DA Releases Thousands Of Internal Documents On NYPD Misconduct

Monday, August 02, 2021

The District Atorney released the records in response to a WNYC Freedom of Information Law request.


Bronx Defenders Ask Court To Block NYPD Access To Sealed Arrest Data

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The public defenders argue NYPD officers' access to this data violates state privacy protections.


Identifying The Network Clusters of NYPD Officers Repeatedly Accused Of Misconduct

Thursday, June 24, 2021

With the help of independent data journalist EJ Fox, WNYC created a network map using civilian complaint data obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request. 


Police Watchdog Recommends Discipline for 39 NYPD Officers Over Alleged Misconduct At BLM Protests

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Civilian Complaint Review Board is recommending that the NYPD discipline 39 of its officers for misconduct at last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.


Legal Aid Society Says It Is Here To Stop Gun Violence, Too

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

At a time of rising shootings, the public defenders argue their organization should not just be seen as a group that defends criminal cases.


New York Legislature Targets Parole System To Reduce The Prison Population

Friday, June 11, 2021

The law is waiting for Governor Cuomo's signature.


Bronx DA's Office Struggles With Attrition And Low Pay

Thursday, June 03, 2021

The borough DA's Trial Division recently lost forty-two prosecutors and nine supervisors, according to an internal email.


DNA Hit Leads To Indictment In 1996 Queens Rape Case

Friday, May 28, 2021

A man has been indicted by a grand jury for the rape of a woman in Jamaica, Queens, following a DNA test conducted more than two decades after the crime.


An Interview With the NYPD's New Top Uniformed Officer

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Chief of Department Rodney Harrison didn't trust cops growing up in Queens, but now he's on a listening tour with young people to try to build their trust in police.