George Joseph was an investigative reporter for WNYC/Gothamist, focusing on law enforcement corruption, misconduct, and surveillance technology. He now reports for the New York City news publication, The City.
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. Police misconduct records uncovered through that project also contributed to the dismissal of a man's conviction following drug planting allegations.
His next major series investigated allegations of rampant police corruption in Mount Vernon, New York, a city just north of the Bronx in Westchester County. The reporting drew 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.
Joseph's last project examined the role of the New York City court sytem in exacerbating deadly conditions on Rikers Island during the COVID-19 pandemic.
George Joseph appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
The latest news from City Hall, including new housing for migrants and 2021 campaign finance questions.
Wednesday, August 02, 2023
An exploration into a group of real estate speculators who have seized the deeds of Black- and Latino-owned brownstones in neighborhoods across NYC
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Prison housing placements inconsistent with gender identity in New Jersey and the "collapse" of a unit for trans women at Rikers Island in NYC.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
WNYC's Public Safety Unit investigative reporter George Joseph talks about the latest on Rikers Island.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
More than 1,600 people have been incarcerated in city jails awaiting trial for more than a year.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
This year, the NYPD has recovered at least 200 “ghost guns,” firearms that lack any serial numbers and are assembled from component parts, usually ordered online.
Tuesday, November 09, 2021
On the campaign trail, Bragg promised to deliver both fairness and safety to the borough’s residents, particularly those in Black and Latino neighborhoods.
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Last week, a Staten Island judge vacated the man’s 2018 conviction.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
The evidence included body camera footage showing apparent drug planting.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Many of them have applied for religious exemptions.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
WNYC's George Joseph talks about his reporting and updates us on the increasingly urgent situation on Rikers Island.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
The Oath Keepers group has long sought to recruit military and police recruits to further their anti-federal government agenda.
Friday, October 08, 2021
From New York to California.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Mayor de Blasio promised an immediate investigation into any ties between city employees and the Oath Keepers militia.
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.
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.
Monday, September 20, 2021
According to his lawyers, Isaabdul Karim contracted COVID-19 after languishing inside an intake area for ten days.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Mayor de Blasio is promising emergency repairs and greater scrutiny of correction officers who duck work.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
One of the Attica prisoners’ key demands, ending forced labor, was never realized.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
An examination of the problems at Rikers Island and other NYC jails.