Jim O'Grady

Reporter, WNYC News

Jim O’Grady is a reporter, host, and editor at New York Public Radio and a contributor to Gothamist.

His work for broadcast has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple prizes from the Associated Press, New York Press Club, The Deadline Club, and the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Contest.

His piece on the mechanics of gentrification in New York City for the podcast There Goes the Neighborhood won the 2017 PRNDI Award for Best Podcast Episode. And his episode on masculinity and Trump voters for The United States of Anxiety won the New York Press Club Award for Best Reporting About the U.S. Presidential Race.

His radio stories have also aired on National Public Radio, On the Media, The TakeawayLatino USAOnly A GameStudio 360, and MetroFocus.

O’Grady was a reporter for The New York Times for six years, before and after 9/11. He covered local and national news and was a contributor to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning special section, “A Nation Challenged.”

He is also an accomplished live storyteller. O’Grady has won 14 Moth StorySLAMS and is a Moth GrandSLAM champion. His story about fake mobsters in Staten Island was featured on This American Life. His New York Times essay about telling effective stories to a live audience is taught in college classes.

He co-authored the biography, Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. The New York Times praised the book as “an ambitious joint biography with wonderful material about the Berrigans’ father and the brothers’ rebellion against society and the church.” He reflected on Phil Berrigan’s legacy in this New York Times op-ed. His reflections on Daniel Berrigan after his death in 2016 appeared in Politico, America, and The Nation. O’Grady is also the author of the biography, Dorothy Day: With Love for the Poor.


Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

Public Libraries Eye Next Phase Of Reopening … But Not Until May

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Patrons are wondering why they can drink at bars but not browse for books. 

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On Cusp Of New Baseball Season, Reflections On Joy And Torment Of Mets Fandom

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Loving the Mets is worth it, the author of a new book says, but just barely. It's not that they always lose — occasionally, they're quite good — it's how they do it when they do. 


As Covid Ravaged New York, Street Artists Fought Back

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

It's been a year since coronavirus hit the city and we've been responding to it ever since — including street artists, who've been bringing news about the pandemic ... and ourselves.

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On Saint Patrick's Day, Irish Bars That Remain Still Struggle To Survive

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The number of Irish bars that have closed because of Covid is unclear. But people who know put it in the dozens.


Twenty-Eight Years Later, Lessons From The First World Trade Center Bombing

Friday, February 26, 2021

The 1993 bombing has been overshadowed by 9/11. But it raised red flags with relevance to current terror threats, the worst of which are domestic. 


Unemployed Musicians Rally Outside Governor Cuomo's Office To Call For More Aid

Friday, February 26, 2021

APM Reports
They say city and state plans to revive the performing arts by as early as the summer are not enough.


Immigrant Artists And Their Output Had Been Booming In New York ... Until The Pandemic

Friday, February 12, 2021

An expert says immigrant arts groups tend to be smaller and less established than legacy organizations. "They also have smaller endowments and lower revenue from trustees.”


New York To Kickstart Performing Arts' Return With 300 Events In 100 Days

Monday, February 08, 2021

The pilot program is called NY PopsUp, and starts Feb. 20.


The Jazzier Penn Station, In Newark, Gets A Makeover

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The station is in the early stages of a $190 million renovation of everything from its HVAC system and bathrooms to its Indiana limestone and sublime Art Deco metalwork.

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As Whales Populate The City's Harbors Again, A Look At Why NYC Was Never A Whaling Town

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In 2020, there have been over 500 whale sightings in the city, compared to only five in 2010. 


There's More To Balto The Pandemic-Stopping Blizzard Dog Than You Know

Thursday, December 17, 2020

A t the height of his fame, the plot twists of his life were only beginning. 


NYC's Non-Profit Arts Groups May See Some Financial Relief

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Some of the money will go to teaching artists, who have been struggling.


Other Covid Symptom: Struggling Arts Programs In The Public Schools

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

An expert in arts education says, “Teaching artists have been the hardest hit" by a 70 percent reduction to special programming in the public schools. 


What's Gained and Lost When Santa Goes Virtual

Friday, November 27, 2020

Much of life has moved online since Covid and that includes Saint Nick, who's been Zooming a lot.


Champagne and Soft Serve Ice Cream Flow in NYC Following Biden's Election

Sunday, November 08, 2020

A random poll of New York City businesses found high demand for the two commodities after the election was called for the Democrat.


Pro-Voter Group Promotes Truly Odd Political Bedfellows: The 2020 Election … And Joy

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Wide Awakes, a street-savvy collective named after an abolitionist group from 1860, is helping to get out the vote while promoting what it calls, "civic joy." 


Veteran 'New York Times' Reporter Jim Dwyer Dies at 63

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer passed away from complications of lung cancer. 


New Podcast Looks at the Run Up to 9/11

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Nineteen years have passed since the attacks on 9/11. And now the story of the decade-long shadow struggle that produced them is the subject of a new podcast. 



Saturday, September 12, 2020

The story of the long, strange wind-up to the attack that remade the world… and the chances we had to stop it. A new series from HISTORY and WNYC Studios.

What Led to 9/11

Friday, September 11, 2020

Jim O'Grady, WNYC features reporter, talks about the 8-part podcast series, "Blindspot: The Road to 9/11"