George Joseph

WNYC Investigative reporter

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

George Joseph appears in the following:

Previously Secret Complaint Data Show Aggressive Tactics Of NYPD Warrant Squad In Controversial Protest Video

Friday, July 31, 2020

Video of a protester being pushed into a unmarked NYPD van has sparked outcry. WNYC takes a closer look at the NYPD unit that made the controversial arrest.

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New Yorkers Can Now See Records On Thousands of NYPD Officers With Substantiated Complaints

Monday, July 27, 2020

The news organization ProPublica has published thousands of civilian complaints against NYPD officers. 

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Federal Judge Blocks Planned Mass Release Of NYPD Misconduct Records

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The ruling could delay the city's previously-announced plans to release thousands of misconduct records online until at least August.

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Inspired by Black Lives Matter, Mount Vernon Tries to Transform Its Police Department

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A small, New York City suburb with a history of police corruption and brutality allegations is taking a very different approach than the NYPD.

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NYPD Numbers Show Summer Shooting Spike Continues

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Police leaders, unions, and reform activists disagree on why the surge is happening.

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Shootings Continue Over the Weekend As NYPD Launches Gun Violence Initiative

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Thirteen people have been shot since Friday when the NYPD launched its new strategy.

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Westchester County DA Concedes Election Following Criticism Over His Handling Of The Mount Vernon Police Tapes

Thursday, July 16, 2020

District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, in his first term, faced off against progressive challenger Mimi Rocah in last month's Democratic primary. 

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Westchester's District Attorney Takes Beating In Primary After Revelations Of Secret Police Tapes

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Challenger Mimi Rocah made a campaign issue of recordings showing alleged corruption in Mount Vernon's police department, and the incumbent's handling of the issue.

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Behind a Wall of Silence

Friday, June 12, 2020

How one investigative reporter confronts the cultural and statutory barriers to scrutiny of the police. 

Police Corruption in Mount Vernon, NY Exposed

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Secretly recorded tapes reveal a culture of corruption among Westchester's law enforcers, Gothamist reporter George Joseph talks about his reporting. 

The Mount Vernon Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Police Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed (Part 2)

Thursday, June 04, 2020

The troubled city of Mount Vernon has had five police commissioners in the last five years.

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Westchester DA Primary Candidate Calls for State Investigation of Alleged Police Corruption in Mount Vernon

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Democrat Mimi Rocah criticizes DA's inaction on secretly recorded tapes.

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The Mount Vernon Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Police Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Hours of conversations between police officers in Mount Vernon, New York, show a narcotics unit “running rampant” over residents’ rights and safety.

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Workers Say The Lidl Grocery Chain Fails To Keep Them Safe

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

They've filed a complaint with the state Attorney General saying the company is not in compliance with regulations for essential businesses. 

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New York Companies Weigh Whether Essential Workers Should Get Hazard Pay

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

One company allowed its hazard pay to expire at the end of April. But then they brought it back.

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New York State's Contact Tracing Program Relies on Humans, Not Technology

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The program is being supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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A Third of New York City Food Pantries Have Shut Down, Swelling Bread Lines

Monday, April 27, 2020

The closures come at a time of unprecedented demand for food.

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Street Crimes Have Fallen Across New York City During the Pandemic

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The crime declines were enjoyed in every borough.

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To Avoid Dumping Milk, New York Dairy Farmers Say They Need Help

Thursday, April 16, 2020

New York's small dairy farmers were already in trouble. With the mandatory shutdown of commerce, many may not make it through the crisis without government support.

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