Jami Floyd

Director, Race & Justice Unit | New York Public Radio

Jami Floyd is the Director, Race & Justice Unit at New York Public Radio. She is also the Legal Editor in the WNYC Newsroom. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jamifloyd.

Jami was born and raised in New York City and grew up listening to WNYC. She has been a news junkie ever since childhood, when she delivered newscasts for her grandmother from the dining room table. She went on to serve as editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, ombudsperson for the college newspaper and to DJ for WHRW, the campus radio station at Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.). At Berkeley Law School, she was served as an associate editor of the California Law Review, where she also published.

In a journalism career that spans two decades, Jami has worked on everything from breaking news, to exclusives, to long-form investigations. Jami has had the opportunity to interview countless news makers, including Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, cited by The New York Times for her barrage of "hard-hitting" questions. Jami still considers her interview with Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers to be her most meaningful.

Until September 2020, served as the weekday host of “All Things Considered.”

Jami Floyd appears in the following:

Justice Breyer's Retirement

Thursday, January 27, 2022

After 27 years on the bench, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. Why now, and what's next. 

Like So Many Other Fires, the Bronx Fire Was About Poverty

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Gothamist
Last week's devastating fire in the Bronx was a reminder of fires past, and of the crisis of burning buildings that gripped the borough in the 1970s.

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Storming Of The Gates: A Small Town With A Big Prison And A Bloody History

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Local residents in the town of Attica don't mind the stigma of the prison uprising that took place here 50 years ago, but they remain clear-eyed about what really happened. 

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Storming of the Gates: Prisoners' Right To "True Religious Freedom"

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Prison officials didn’t recognize the Nation of Islam as a religious group. The Attica Uprising of 1971 changed that. 

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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. 

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Storming the Gates: Failed Negotiations and the Retaking of Attica

Monday, September 13, 2021

Gothamist
Fifty years ago this month, nearly 1,300 prisoners seized control of a large part of Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. The legacy of that event persists.

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9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART SEVEN: Unity

Friday, September 10, 2021

 Our sense of shared identities has evolved dramatically over the last 20 years.

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9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART SIX: The Sacrifice

Friday, September 10, 2021

First responders who worked at Ground Zero frequently run into red tape as they develop health conditions such as cancer. 

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9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART FIVE: The Mayor

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Gothamist
"America's Mayor" was first and foremost a friend to the NYPD.

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Looking Back At The 1971 Attica Uprising: Three Witnesses

Thursday, September 09, 2021

WNYC
Three men who were incarcerated at Attica 50 years ago: Tyrone Larkins, Alhaji Sharif and Akil Shaquan recall moments from the uprising. 

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Attica: Fifty Years Later | PART ONE What Set The Stage For The Deadly Uprising?

Thursday, September 09, 2021

WNYC
Professor Heather Ann Thompson walks us through the political chapters that led to the uprising.

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9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART FOUR: See Something, Say Something

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The most ubiquitous crime-fighting phrase to emerge in the aftermath of September 11 almost never made it into the American vernacular.

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National Politics; Violence in City Jails; Policing Since 9/11; Terror and Psychology

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

National politics; Rikers Island violence; How 9/11 changed policing; The psychology of terrorist attacks

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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 the NYPD | PART THREE: The Surveillance

Monday, September 06, 2021

How the NYPD infiltrated a Muslim charity in the years after 9/11, upending one man’s life and leaving a legacy of trauma within the community. 

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

Monday, September 06, 2021

Gothamist
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.

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9/11 and the Rise of the NYPD | PART ONE The Launch of the City's Police Department

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Gothamist
In the first installment of our series “9/11 and the Rise of the 21st Century NYPD,” WNYC's Jim O'Grady finds the department has come a long way since its 17th-century origins.

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A Massacre Happened In New York City In The Summer Of 1863

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Gothamist
The true story of the 1863 Draft Riots is more about economic insecurity and white supremacy than it is about draft dodging.

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ENCORE: Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter "A"

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

WNYC
We remember Temitayo Fagbenle (1996 – 2021) with this encore presentation of her first Radio Rookies piece.

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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.

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