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:

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.

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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.

USA vs France: We Break Down their World Cup Showdown

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Both teams look lethal on offense and weak on defense. But the winner of Friday's game will have a leg up on winning it all.


With Hockey Draft, Devils and Rangers Resume Bitter Rivalry

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The teams have a storied rivalry, but both have struggled in recent years. That could change once they draft elite prospects Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko.


Why We Remember Stonewall

Saturday, June 15, 2019

 Fifty years after the Stonewall Uprising, we look at what happened that night, through the voices of people who were there.

Soccer Expert Caitlin Murray Handicaps U.S. Women's Chances in World Cup

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"The American women are ultra-attacking. It is always about being on the front foot and putting opponents under pressure," Murray says of the U.S. style of play.


How Walt Whitman Became A Gay Icon

Friday, May 31, 2019

In life, Whitman seemed caught in a vise: Though some of his poems brim with an exuberant homoeroticism, he steadfastly denied a sexual attraction to men.


The Fight Over Whitman's Home

Friday, May 31, 2019

WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady discusses the fight over Walt Whitman's final surviving Brooklyn home. 


Is U.S. Women's Soccer Team, the World Cup Favorite, Ripe for an Upset?

Friday, May 24, 2019

Jim O'Grady, WNYC reporter, and Isabel Angell, producer with The Takeaway, stage a lively debate.

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Islanders Fans Already Have Eyes on the Stanley Cup

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The team has made it to the second round of the playoffs, which start Friday night. 


Atop Vessel, You'll See Old New York Disappearing

Friday, March 22, 2019

Hudson Yards is rising from, and obliterating, one of the last bits of a formerly industrial waterfront.

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Amazon Opponent Passed Over for State Board

Sunday, February 24, 2019

State Senator Michael Gianaris won't be heading for the Public Authorities Control Board after all. 

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Amazon Walks Back Plans to Build Headquarters in New York

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Facing steep political opposition, Amazon decided it wouldn't be worth the $3 billion in subsidies to build a campus in Long Island City.


Amazon-NYC Rom-Com Takes Dramatic Plot Twist

Friday, February 08, 2019

The company seems to want New Yorkers to know that without a warmer welcome, they might bolt before they get here.

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Both Sides Go on Offense at Contentious City Council Hearing Over Amazon Deal

Thursday, January 31, 2019

They were arguing over the question of whether New York would be getting enough in exchange for subsidies up to $3 billion.

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