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Jim O'Grady

Jim O'Grady is the transportation reporter for 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 Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  

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Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

Public Advocate: Use City $ to Save Citibike

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WNYC

Could an option ruled out by the Mayor come back into play?

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Subway Ad Controversy Resurfaces, This Time Salaciously

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

WNYC

For the second time in two years, the MTA is taking a fresh look at its advertising standards. The move follows an objection from the Cuomo Administration to subway ads for breast augmentation.

The first controversy occurred in late 2012, when a so-called "issue ad" by a political group equated ...

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Tom Finkelpearl Is NYC's New Cultural Commish

Monday, April 07, 2014

WNYC

In 12 years at Queens Museum, the director had a reputation for serving the community.

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Ghostly Rides Mark Cyclists' Deaths

Sunday, April 06, 2014

WNYC

An annual memorial on wheels marks city locations where fellow cyclists have been killed in traffic.

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2014 Baseball, and de Blasio, Debut at Citifield

Monday, March 31, 2014

WNYC

Baseball began in New York this season at Citifield, where two long-held traditions were observed: a mayor threw out the first pitch and the Mets blew a lead in the 9th.

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Council Bill Would Require NYPD to Share Collision Reports

Monday, March 24, 2014

WNYC

Family members say they want easy access to reports that contain the details of how their loved ones died.

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An 'Insult to Broken Hearts': Families Denied Traffic Crash Reports

Thursday, March 20, 2014

When someone dies in traffic in New York City, relatives and friends often want to know how it happened. But those official NYPD accounts are hard to come by—even for families of the victims.

 

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Tracking NYC's Traffic Deaths

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's the year of "Vision Zero" but in 2014 there have already been 46 traffic deaths, from bikers to pedestrians to drivers and passengers. WNYC reporters Jim O'Grady and Kat Aaron talk about the new Transportation Nation database, tracking these deaths, and Jim's reporting on one victim -- four-year-old Allison Liao, struck by a car in Flushing, Queens.

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Girl Gone: Anatomy Of a New York City Pedestrian Death

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WNYC

The account of the collision that took Allison Liao is part of a year-long investigation into who is dying from traffic-related causes, and why.

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Past Transit Chief Pleads with MTA Board Against Toll Cut—in Vain

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WNYC

Richard Ravitch says the MTA is hurting for revenue—and giving some back might be against the law.

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Why Commuter Trains Aren't Getting Any Less Crowded

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WNYC

Short platforms, low tunnel ceilings and lack of train yards are three things that limit commuter rail service in our area, and keep it packed with riders.

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Families Coalesce to Push Beyond De Blasio's 'Vision Zero' Plan

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Parents whose children were killed or maimed by vehicles make an emotional plea on City Hall Steps to strengthen the mayor's plan.

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Long Island Rail Road Labor Talks Reach Heated Words Phase

Friday, February 21, 2014

WNYC

Long Island Rail Road workers will not be going on strike in March, as had been threatened. But workers could walk off their jobs on July 20th if talks with the MTA remain at an impasse.

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President: From the Origins of the Word to a Crazy Rabbit Attack

Monday, February 17, 2014

In honor of President's Day, we take two historical looks at the American presidency. First Mark Forsyth looks back at the word's humble origins and traces just how it came to have the heft it has today. The second recounts how a small angry mammal changed the course of history. WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady says that President Jimmy Carter's bizarre encounter with a crazed swimming rabbit on a Georgia lake crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head.

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How Jimmy Carter's Face-Off with a Rabbit Changed the Presidency

Monday, February 17, 2014

WNYC

Jimmy Carter’s encounter with an angry swamp rabbit in the spring of 1979 lasted only a moment. But it played a key role in derailing Carter's hopes for a second term, and changed the way American presidents have managed their image since then.

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How Has Cuomo Short-Changed Transit? Let Us Count The Ways

Friday, February 07, 2014

WNYC

Drivers are no doubt toasting Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to lower tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from $6 to $5.50 per round trip for E-Z Pass users. But it's also the latest move by Cuomo to take money from mass transit.

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Dad Gets To Threshold Of Super Bowl, Then Steps Aside For His Son

Monday, February 03, 2014

WNYC

Brooklyn car mechanic Dominick Arlistico's plan for Super Bowl XLVIII was simple: get as close to the game as he could and then miss it.

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Guts! Glory! Fakery! Why Football Loves The Pre-Game Speech

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

Hear how legendary football coaches have used their oratorical powers to goad their teams to glory.

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MTA's Biggest Projects Over Budget and Behind Schedule

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been drawing negative headlines and scrutiny because of recent performance problems, including last Thursday's evening rush hour power failure and last December's fatal derailment. But that's not all.

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Federal Funds To Help Sandy-Swamped Subways

Friday, January 24, 2014

WNYC

The MTA's latest pot of Sandy relief and recovery aid comes to $886 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The majority of it — $535 million — will be used to repair flood damage to under-river subway tubes used by the R, G and 7 trains.

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