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:
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Shawana Balkcon once served as an authority figure at a Bronx intake center for those in need of emergency long-term housing. In September, she returned, this time as a homeless person.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
How policing changed after the 9/11 terror attacks
Sunday, September 05, 2021
In the first installment of our series “9/11 and the Rise of the 21st Century NYPD,” WNYC's Jim O'Grady finds the department has come a long way since its 17th-century origins.
Monday, August 23, 2021
The governors of California, Illinois, and even red-state Kentucky used it more.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Two years ago, the producers announced that filming would not only take place in the neighborhood, but the production wanted locals to be background actors.
Thursday, June 03, 2021
After a months-long battle, a court has ruled that the city can move homeless men out of a hotel on the Upper West Side.
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
As the star-studded hoops team continues its march through the NBA playoffs, they're redeeming the borough's image as a home of high-level sports.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
The odds are long but the Knicks could face the powerhouse Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
More than a dozen candidates are vying to be New York's next mayor. The winner will be offered a major perk: the chance to live at historic Gracie Mansion.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Queens Library will allow patrons to use computers and browse through books.
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.