Jim O'Grady

Reporter, WNYC News

Jim O'Grady is a features reporter at WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

Jim lives in Brooklyn.  

Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

Atop Vessel, You'll See Old New York Disappearing

Friday, March 22, 2019

Hudson Yards is rising from, and obliterating, one of the last bits of a formerly industrial waterfront.

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Amazon Opponent Passed Over for State Board

Sunday, February 24, 2019

State Senator Michael Gianaris won't be heading for the Public Authorities Control Board after all. 

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Amazon Walks Back Plans to Build Headquarters in New York

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Facing steep political opposition, Amazon decided it wouldn't be worth the $3 billion in subsidies to build a campus in Long Island City.

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Amazon-NYC Rom-Com Takes Dramatic Plot Twist

Friday, February 08, 2019

The company seems to want New Yorkers to know that without a warmer welcome, they might bolt before they get here.

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Both Sides Go on Offense at Contentious City Council Hearing Over Amazon Deal

Thursday, January 31, 2019

They were arguing over the question of whether New York would be getting enough in exchange for subsidies up to $3 billion.

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For Some, the Bezos Behemoth Can't Get Here Fast Enough

Friday, January 11, 2019

Programmers at the most recent NYC Tech Meetup were bullish about how the company could boost the local tech scene and, perhaps, their fortunes.

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Electeds to Cuomo on L Train Plan: Thanks But We Have Many, Many Questions

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Among them: Will the new approach really save money? And will the project's April start date be pushed back? Oh really, how far back?

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If You Swim in the Hudson River, Don't Stir the Muck

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

That's where fecal bacteria from sewer pipes collect in potentially dangerous concentrations.

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Einstein, God Are Prime Movers of Conversation at Local Cocktail Party

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The famous physicist wrote most forcefully on the deity in a recently auctioned letter, which got brainy New Yorkers talking.

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Einstein's 'God Letter' Grabs $2.9 Million at Auction

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The anonymous winning bid, which smashed the previous record price for a letter by the world-renowned physicist, came in by phone to a Christie's sales room.

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Red Bulls Risk More Heartbreak Tonight in Major League Soccer Showdown

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The team had the best record in the league this year, a feat they've accomplished three out of the last six years. But they have yet to win a championship.

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Episode 9: What Does the Right Kind of Woman Sound Like?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Shrill, strident, bossy. These are the misogynistic slurs women often face when they run for elected office. So what should power sound like?

Voters Think Out Loud Before Making Up Minds on Midterms

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Dug-in Republicans, determined Dems, and wavering indies. What else did you think we’d find only days before the election?

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Did New York City Botch the 1918 Flu Epidemic? The Debate Still Rages

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Royal S. Copeland, the city's health commissioner, was a homeopath and Tammany Hall appointee. Some say he handled the crisis with dexterity; others disagree.

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England and Soccer: Tempest-Tossed

Friday, June 15, 2018

English soccer fan Melinda Siriwardana says, “I'm going to be rooting for my country all the way.” But don’t do the same, she cautions.

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Root For My Team! No, Mine!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

At a decades-long pick-up soccer game in Prospect Park, the immigrant players can't agree on who Americans should root for in the World Cup. But everyone has an opinion.

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Up the Ozzies!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sydney-bred Matt Larsson draws on a deep well of World Cup knowledge – not his own but that of his old friend Jonesy – to argue that the Socceroos should be a ripper team to root for.

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All In For Senegal?

Monday, June 11, 2018

A New York City teacher and student tussle over whom to root for in the men's 2018 World Cup. They don't come to an agreement.

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The Case For Iceland

Monday, June 11, 2018

Iceland only has as many registered soccer players as the state of Rhode Island. In their first World Cup, the team is a minnow among sharks.

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"Freaks, Wonders, Curiosities!" Ain't Nothin' More American Than the Coney Island Ballyhoo

Thursday, May 31, 2018

From Veg-O-Matics to Trump, it's theater as sales pitch.

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