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:

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.


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.


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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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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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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"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.


¡Viva La Mexico!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Our team isn't in it, so we need to back another country. Fans from around the world make the case for theirs.

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New York Bookies Ponder Their Future on Eve of Legalized Sports Gambling

Friday, May 25, 2018

Will legal betting at racetracks and casinos—or on your phone—put your local bookie out of business?


From Party Boy to Budding Bodhisattva

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What happened that turned former Mets star and current broadcaster Keith Hernandez from a GQ coverboy to a self-effacing middle-aged man with a celebrity cat?

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That's Not Pneumonia. That's the Country's First Female Doctor.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was known for her perseverance as well as for her innovations. She's finally getting some recognition.

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Go-To Guy from Golden Age of Typewriters Finds a Taker for His Trove

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A former repairman bequeathed the innards of old and elegant machines to one of the few remaining repairmen in New York — or the country.

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Why We're Not Supposed to Know the Names of Cops who Kill Civilians, But Sometimes Do

Monday, April 16, 2018

"It's a big department, people talk," says one police official (on condition of anonymity).

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Hundreds Rally in Herald Square to Protest Trump's Syrian Bombings

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The marchers decried what they view as the increasing belligerence of U.S. foreign policy, and "threats from expanding wars."

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After Police Shooting, Dueling Narratives About Victim

Thursday, April 12, 2018

At City Hall rally, family members of Saheed Vassell criticized his portrayal by police and Mayor de Blasio.


Imagine a Job Where Everyone Is Mad at You: Traffic Agents Don't Have To, and Now They Want Respect

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A bill in Albany would make them peace officers, which would offer more protection from angry motorists.

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Who Doesn't Want Their Own Black Panther in Kitty Form?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Yes, black cats are often associated with bad luck. But the ASPCA in New York says that black cats are adopted more than any other color of animal. 

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Media Coalition Asks Court for Access to NYPD Bodycam Video

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The group, which includes WNYC, opposes a police union's effort to quash the footage.

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A City Hall Tour That Opens Up the Story of New York

Friday, February 23, 2018

It focuses on black history in the city's early centuries. 

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Pharmaceuticals in the Hudson Pose a Threat to Aquatic Life

Monday, February 19, 2018

A new study finds trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have spread the length of the Hudson River.