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:

Richard Hake, 1969 - 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

WNYC and New York City have lost a pillar of journalism. In loving memory, here is his radio obituary. 
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Richard Hake, 1969 - 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

WNYC and New York City have lost a pillar of journalism. In loving memory, here is his radio obituary. 

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A Beloved Bar or Restaurant Is Many a Small Town's "Living Room." It Hurts To Lose Them

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In particular, the Traghaven Irish Whiskey Pub in the Hudson Valley town of Tivoli.

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A Dunk So Hard It Knocked A Guy's Teeth Out, And Other Tales Of New York Street Basketball

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"The City Game," a new show at The Museum of the City of New York, traces the in-your-face style of urban basketball and how it changed the NBA game.

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The Day Kobe Went to Harlem And Won Over New York's Hardcore B-Ball Fans

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sometimes in sports, for better or worse, the rest of life falls away and all that matters is the game ... and that you please the connoisseurs at Rucker Park.


Two Giants of New York Baseball Headed to Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

One is a household name. The other is one of the game's most important and influential figures.


Renaming Robert Moses State Park: Overdue Correction Or Overreaction?

Friday, January 17, 2020

New York State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell wants a commission to study whether Moses's "racist" methods call for deleting his name from one of his signature projects.

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Met Museum: Our Age Of Technology Begins With Wild Inventions From The Baroque

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ingenious gizmos like mechanical clocks with precision engineering and humanoid automatons that wrote in script gave a glimpse at what was possible.


Major League Baseball Plan Would Cut 40 Minor League Teams, Including Staten Island Yankees

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Major League Baseball is considering shrinking its minor league system from 160 teams to 118. And that could mean some problems for the Staten Island Yankees.


Irish 'Warrior Sport' of Hurling about to Bust Out at Citifield

Friday, November 15, 2019

The action will be swift and fierce as four of the best teams from Ireland play a mini-tournament with modified rules.

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Knicks Sink to Bottom of League like a Hippo in Quicksand. It Didn't Have To Be This Way

Thursday, November 14, 2019

In 2013, the team stumbled onto a style of play that turned out to be the future of basketball ... then promptly discarded it.

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Agreed: New York Needs a Museum of African American History. Disputed: How to Get It off the Ground

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Some are urging the city to pay for a study of the idea; others say, skip the study and just begin.


Weird Things Happen When These Halloween Parade Puppets 'Cut their Strings'

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

"They take on a mind of their own," says master puppeteer Alex Khan of the symbiosis between his creations and the humans who climb inside them to make them move.

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The Nationals, a One-team Diaspora from Canada, Are Finally Making Good

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

They were the Montreal Expos, a team that never quite won it all, before they moved to D.C. and became the Nationals, a team that now has a shot at baseball's championship.

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On Lower East Side, Wu-Tang Clan Brings the Ruckus of Success to a Premiere

Friday, September 06, 2019

A 10-part series on Hulu traces their origins, including the pivotal choice facing the original Wu-Tang members between steady cash from the streets and the crap shoot of music careers.

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White Like Me

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

One family’s generational journey into whiteness, and the shifting roles white identity politics have played in American elections.

Hate Vandalism Bookends Labor Day Weekend in Queens

Monday, September 02, 2019

Vile words were discovered along the Queens beachfront in two separate incidents over Labor Day weekend.

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The Day Hal Prince Saved Me

Thursday, August 01, 2019

A reporter recalls a surprising conversation in the Broadway legend's office.


Ticker Tape Parades Have Changed, As Have Our Heroes

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The honoree at New York City's 207th parade in the "Canyon of Heroes" is the U.S. Women's national soccer team, fresh off its World Cup victory in France.


Editing Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The nation's founders didn't want to deal with American society's fundamental contradictions. So they just wrote around it.