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:

Former Port Authority Cop Claims She Was Fired For Reporting Harassment

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Marilyn Rey claims a police academy graduation party was designed to treat women as "sexual prey."

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Mayor Gets Personal While Announcing Ambitious Mental Health Initiative

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The plan has 23 new programs aimed at easing the stigma and making it easier to get help.

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Brooklyn Museum to Protesting Artists: When You're Done with That Sign, Can We Have It?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The museum is planning an exhibit about the history of protests in Brooklyn, which will include signs used in a protest that took place on its doorstep this week.

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Asked About the Mets, Yankees Fans Talk About that Team in the Bronx

Friday, October 30, 2015

They'd rather dwell on their team's gloried past than the current success of their crosstown rivals.


Brooklyn Neighbors Say Garden Could Be Washed Away in a Rising Tide of Deed Fraud

Thursday, October 22, 2015

As real estate prices rise and even derelict properties become prized, disputed deeds are on the increase. 

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Mets vs. Cubs: A Public Radio Throwdown

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hear an email exchange between diehard baseball fans Jim O'Grady of WNYC and Jason Marck of WBEZ that's been anything but pretty.


How Brooklyn Lost the Hockey Team it Never Really Had

Friday, October 09, 2015

The Islanders will be reborn tonight as Brooklyn's hockey team, but they're not exactly the first. Here's a Jazz Age tale of bootlegging, a thunderous curse and an angry man named "Red."

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Pope Francis in New York: It's a Wrap

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Pope connected with New Yorkers at venues all over the city, with a special message at each site.


The Dawn of The Pop Culture Papacy

Friday, September 25, 2015

In 1979, Pope John Paul II—the first modern, media-savvy pope—took to the stage at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, Pope Francis returns to the Garden and the media frenzy follows. 

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Pope as Pop Star: A Role Refined at Madison Square Garden in 1979

Friday, September 25, 2015

Remembering a youth rally with Pope John Paul II that turned into something like a rock show.

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Yogi Berra, Yankees Hall Of Fame Catcher, Dies

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yankees Hall of Fame catcher, Yogi Berra, died Tuesday at the age of 90.


Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra Dies at 90

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady, a lifelong baseball fan and word maven himself, has this remembrance of the quotable catcher.

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Your Summer Sound Stories

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Storytellers from The Moth and special guest Elizabeth Gilbert spin 90-second tales based on listener-submitted summer sound recordings.

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Pope Francis Wasn't Always So Humble

Friday, September 18, 2015

It took a painful setback — and exile — to move him toward his open style of leadership.


Queens Wants a Bigger Cut From U.S. Open Cash Cow

Friday, September 11, 2015

The trick is luring spectators to restaurants and shops in nearby neighborhoods. But how?

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Council Members: Don't Equate West Indian Day Parade With Violence

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

They say linking assaults to specific events can be problematic.

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Mayor Unveils Marker on Wall Street, Where Slaves Were Sold

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In the 1700s, human beings were bought, sold and rented at an official city slave market on Wall Street.

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The High Bridge Spans Centuries, a River and the Lives of Two Little Girls

Friday, June 12, 2015

New York's oldest standing bridge, closed for 40 years, is back.


Cuomo: I Can Raise Fast-Food Worker Pay Without Albany Approval

Thursday, May 07, 2015

He says fast-food workers still need public assistance — and that's proof that the minimum wage is too low.


NYU Student Detained in North Korea Could Be Helped By His Vague Motivation

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

An expert says interlopers who aren't Christian missionaries tend to be treated better.