Julianne Welby

Senior Editor, Immigration/Legal Affairs, WNYC News

Julianne's career in public radio began during a work-study job at WFUV at Fordham University in the Bronx.

In those pre-digital days, she manually recorded Soundprint, Marketplace, and other landmark programs for later broadcast on reel-to-reel, and soon wanted to make radio just like them. She got plenty of opportunities to wield the razor blade and grease pencil as a reporter, producer and host at WFUV and WSCL in Salisbury, MD. She eventually moved on to many generations of digital recorders at WAMU in Washington, DC to cover everything from politics on Capitol Hill to blind oarsmen on the Anacostia River. Her reports have been carried on Monitor Radio, NPR and other networks.

Since returning to New York in 2000, Julianne has focused on helping others craft audio stories. For eight years, she led a new generation of aspiring broadcast journalists at WFUV while co–hosting the music/information program City Folk Morning. In her current role as Senior Editor at WNYC, Julianne oversees the newsroom's coverage of immigration and legal affairs, maintains the station's breaking news protocols and coordinates training. She also teaches journalism to graduate students at Fordham, CUNY and Columbia, and is a trainer for Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

Julianne Welby appears in the following:

Why New York City's Chinese Food Is The Absolute Best

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

From the days of Egg Foo Yung to now, the city's Chinese food scene has gone through a profound transformation. How did we get here?

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Judge Orders Names of ‘Inactive’ Voters to Be At Poll Sites

Sunday, January 12, 2020

There's good news for more than a million of New York's registered voters who used to be left out of poll books on Election Day.

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Facing Unprecedented Anti-Semitic Attacks, New York Jews Are Learning To Fight Back—Literally

Thursday, January 09, 2020

A self-defense class in Brooklyn proves there’s no taboo for Jews learning to kick some ass.

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For Some Immigrants, America’s Loss is Canada’s Gain

Thursday, January 09, 2020

The growing challenge for tech professionals to stay in the U.S. with H-1B visas parallels the Canadian hunger for global talent.

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As New Bail Laws Take Effect, Some Defendants Walk Free But With Conditions

Thursday, January 02, 2020

We spent a morning watching arraignments at Manhattan Criminal Court to see the impact of the state’s controversial new bail laws.

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'We Don't Stop': Thousands Of Jews Celebrate Talmud Amidst Rise Of Anti-Semitic Violence

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Roughly 100,000 people gathered at two NYC-area stadiums to celebrate the completion of the Daf Yomi, a seven-and-a-half-year cycle of reading the Talmud.

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NYPD Detective On Tessa Majors Case Sued Previously With Others For Withholding Exculpatory Evidence

Sunday, December 22, 2019

While the Legal Aid Society is concerned with Detective Wilfredo Acevedo's history, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea praised him.

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Five Years After NYPD Officers Ramos and Liu's Killings, Fellow Officers Remember

Friday, December 20, 2019

In the 84th precinct in Brooklyn Heights, there's a memorial wall for slain officers, and those currently on patrol wear pins with the names of fallen colleagues.

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Will New York’s New Criminal Justice Laws Lead to More Trials?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Prosecutors will have to share evidence with defendants much faster, once New York state’s new bail and discovery laws take effect in January. 

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Immigrants Line Up 'In Droves' to Apply for NY Driver's Licenses

Monday, December 16, 2019

A new law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for and obtain driver's licenses has taken effect. 

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 5: Broken Promise for Refugees

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Japan and the U.S. signed a U-N agreement decades ago to protect people seeking asylum. With fewer and fewer refugees admitted each year, are they fulfilling that mission?

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 4: Coexisting in Japan’s Sanctuary City

Thursday, December 12, 2019

In Kawaguchi, you may meet people from as far away as Africa and South America. And they're not only welcome, they're supported by jobs, education, and health care.

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 3: Flying Across Borders And Ending Up Detained

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Seeking asylum is increasingly treated as a criminal act all over the world. In Japan, the experience for detained immigrants can be just as severe as it is in the U.S.

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 2: Rose And Nahed Try To Become 'Japanese'

Thursday, December 12, 2019

A woman from Cameroon and another from Tunisia embrace the opportunity to assimilate in Japanese culture, despite its homogeneity, resistance to immigrants, and meticulous trash rules.

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Unsettled in Japan Part 1: Massamba Arrives In Tokyo With A Suitcase And A Longshot Dream

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Japan has one of the strictest immigration policies in the world, and it mirrors Trump's America. We meet a Congolese refugee trying to make it in Tokyo.

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NY Gets Ready for Bail Reform, Part 3

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A look at the costs of bail reform, and whether the state is ready to cover them.

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NY Gets Ready for Bail Reform, Part 2

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

We continue our series on bail reform by looking at whether the sweeping changes taking effect Jan. 1 are appropriate for people accused of serious crimes.

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NY Gets Ready for Bail Reform, Part 1

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

NYC has an established alternative to bail reform, but how ready is it to take on 4 times as many defendants awaiting trial?

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An Alleged Leak Brings Governor Cuomo, Ethics Commission Under Scrutiny

Thursday, December 05, 2019

An investigation into an alleged leak of closed-door New York ethics commission vote has prompted questions about watchdogs in state government.

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Booker To New Jersey Democratic Allies: End Your ICE Detention Contracts Now

Monday, November 18, 2019

For the first time, Senator and Presidential candidate Cory Booker is calling on the three counties in his home state that house thousands of ICE detainees to scrap their contracts.

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