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 Takeaway, Latino USA, Only A Game, Studio 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:
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Patrons are wondering why they can drink at bars but not browse for books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, February 26, 2021
They say city and state plans to revive the performing arts by as early as the summer are not enough.
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.”
Monday, February 08, 2021
The pilot program is called NY PopsUp, and starts Feb. 20.
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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
In 2020, there have been over 500 whale sightings in the city, compared to only five in 2010.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
A t the height of his fame, the plot twists of his life were only beginning.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Some of the money will go to teaching artists, who have been struggling.
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.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Much of life has moved online since Covid and that includes Saint Nick, who's been Zooming a lot.
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.
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."
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer passed away from complications of lung cancer.
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.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Jim O'Grady, WNYC features reporter, talks about the 8-part podcast series, "Blindspot: The Road to 9/11"