Jim Schachter

Vice President for News, WNYC

Jim Schachter is Vice President for News at WNYC, where he is responsible for an enterprise-focused radio and digital newsroom, as well as programs and websites including The Brian Lehrer Show, On The Media, Radio Rookies, SchoolBook, Transportation Nation, and other products of WNYC’s award-winning news team. 

He joined WNYC in 2012 after almost 17 years at The New York Times, where he rose to the position of associate managing editor after serving as a senior editor in the business and culture departments and at The New York Times Magazine.

At The New York Times, he launched a wide range of initiatives, including India Ink, a news blog based in New Delhi; The Choice, a blog about college admissions; an e-book publishing program; The Local, a hyperlocal news pilot teaming the paper with leading journalism schools and community residents; The Carpetbagger, a blog about the movie awards season; and local news pages published  in copies of The New York Times sold in the Bay Area, Chicago and Texas.  Before joining The New York Times in 1995, he was a reporter or editor for the Los Angeles Times, the Kansas City Star and the Jacksonville Journal.  Jim and his wife, Pamela, live in Summit, N.J. They have four children ranging in age from 12 to 25.


Jim Schachter appears in the following:

What Communities Lose When There's No Local News

Friday, November 03, 2017

After the closure of DNAinfo and Gothamist, WNYC's vice president for news examines the state of local reporting and why it's so hard to fund it.


Objectivity: What Is It Good For?

Friday, February 03, 2017

News outlets have historically barred their journalists from protesting or publicly voicing political views. A look at whether that needs to change.

A Gift for Mom Leads to a Gift for a Beloved Daughter on Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A WNYC reporter gets to play Santa Claus to a Macy's employee.

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Unity and Anger Mark Funeral of Slain NYPD Officer

Saturday, December 27, 2014

As thousands gathered in Queens to mourn Officer Rafael Ramos, some police turned their backs when Mayor de Blasio began to speak

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