Julianne Welby

Senior Editor, NYC Recovery/Education/Transit, 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 NYC's recovery from the pandemic, as well as education and transportation. In the past, she managed coverage of immigration, legal affairs, and race. Julianne has also coordinated training at WNYC. She teaches journalism to graduate students at Fordham and CUNY, and is a trainer for Public Media Journalists Association (formerly PRNDI).

Julianne Welby appears in the following:

Taxi Drivers Protest At City Hall Over Debt Relief Plan

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The medallion owners said the city's plan doesn't do enough to help them overcome crushing debt.

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Will NYC Expand Voting Rights To Some Immigrants?

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The City Council is set to debate a bill that would allow legal permanent residents to vote in municipal elections.

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MTA Tallies Up $100M in Damage from Ida, Seeks to Work with City to Shore up Stations

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The MTA says it's looking for new ways to avoid flooding in the subway, following record breaking rainfall from Hurricane Ida's remnants earlier this month.

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LaGuardia Air Train Could Be Most Expensive Transit Project in World Per Rider: Report

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The watchdog group Reinvent Albany says the AirTrain from eastern Queens to LaGuardia is expected to cost $2.1 billion —and will only serve about 6,000 riders a day.

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Protest Against Vaccine Mandate Draws Hundreds, Including Some Educators

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

This week, Mayor de Blasio announced the city's strongest vaccine mandate yet, requiring all public school staff get inoculated without an option to get tested weekly instead.

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MTA Reports Fewer Hot Car Complaints This Year

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As temperatures rise above ground, commuters often expect to step into the cool comforts of an air-conditioned subway. But it's so-called "hot car" season in the city.

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NYC Mandates Vaccination For Public School Staff

Monday, August 23, 2021

The new mandate goes further than the policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this summer for city workers, including teachers, which requires vaccination or weekly testing.

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Mayor Says More Details On NYC Public School Reopening Coming This Week

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Mayor de Blasio says he plans to provide more information on how students will learn when they quarantine, among other things. 

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Lawmakers 'Blindsided' By Decision To Call Off Cuomo Impeachment Inquiry: Source

Sunday, August 15, 2021

The New York State Assembly's Judiciary Committee won't be meeting on Monday to push along the impeachment inquiry into Governor Cuomo, as initially planned.

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Meet The Owner Who Got The Smallest Federal Restaurant Grant in New York City

Thursday, August 12, 2021

A Brooklyn bar that specializes in craft beer and plays vinyl records got just $1,435 in federal restaurant aid, but the money was still appreciated.

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What Cuomo’s Resignation Could Mean for Mass Transit and Infrastructure

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Governor Cuomo prided himself on building things that would outlast him: bridges, airports, train stations. But he also made it hard for some transit leaders to do their jobs.

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New Jersey Released Police Misconduct List -- With Names

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The list is scant on details but it names officers accused of DUI, domestic violence, and "neglect of duty."

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Federal Monitor Poised To Oversee New Jersey's Troubled Women's Prison

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Edna Mahan Prison has been plagued by reports of sexual and physical abuse for years.

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Outdoor Dining Is Spreading In NYC, But Not Everywhere

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Those outdoor sheds and sidewalk cafés are either popular or a nuisance, depending on whom you ask. But some neighborhoods can’t make them work at all.

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Access-A-Ride Users Plead With MTA to Stop Shared Rides

Friday, August 06, 2021

In July the agency resumed trips with multiple passengers in its cars and vans. But riders and activists are raising new concerns over whether that's safe.

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NYC Principals Grapple With Social Distancing Recommendations

Thursday, August 05, 2021

There's just over a month until the city's public schools are set to reopen fully for in-person learning. But principals are still figuring out how to fit their students.

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City’s Plan For Deteriorating BQE Is to Make It Last for 20 More Years

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

The debate over what to do with the most crumbling part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway seems to have been settled, for now; the mayor has decided to delay a decision.

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With Details Still Pending, City’s Restaurant Industry Accepts Vaccine Mandate To Avoid Another Shutdown

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Restaurant owners say the new mandate takes the onus off them by requiring everyone to play by the same rules, but the policy has loopholes.

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Hitler-Mustachioed Reservist Accused in Jan. 6th Riot Offered Plea Deal

Sunday, August 01, 2021

The alleged insurrectionist could be released before a trial.

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NYC Now Has Its Own Covid Vax App

Sunday, August 01, 2021

This is in addition to the state's Excelsior app -- and not much different from just carrying your vaccination card around. 

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