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:

After 2 Days of Extreme Heat, NYC's Electric Grid Buckles

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Temps reached 99 degrees at JFK Airport on Saturday and Sunday, and heat index values were near 110 degrees. By Sunday evening, Con Ed was dealing with power outages.

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Five Years Since Garner's Death, Has the NYPD Changed?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

No police officers have been charged in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But NYPD leadership says many of its strategies for policing has evolved. 

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Five Years After Eric Garner, Activists Still Fight for ‘Another Day to Live’

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The struggle to reform police practices drags on for generations of activists outraged by how officers treat African Americans.


What the Justice Department Decision in the Garner Case Means for New Yorkers

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The officer who appeared to apply a banned chokehold on Eric Garner five years ago remains on the force, and it's a flashpoint for Mayor, and presidential candidate, Bill de Blasio.

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As Raids Failed to Materialize, Many Immigrants Still Felt Fearful

Sunday, July 14, 2019

New York City braced for immigration raids that didn’t come to pass on Sunday.

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Yemeni Americans Are Suing to Bring Their Families Here

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Potentially hundreds of visas promised to Yemeni citizens have been revoked. The State Department says not so.


In Queens, Speaker Pelosi Further Aligns Dems with Immigrants

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Against a national backdrop of family separations and a border crisis, Speaker Pelosi indicated that Democrats were aligning more closely with immigrants.

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As the Number of Refugees Grows, the US Takes in Far Fewer

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New numbers show sharp declines in refugee admissions in New York and New Jersey: 52 percent and 32 percent, respectively.


Queens DA Candidates Champion Progressive Policies – Some More Than Others

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

After almost three decades of leadership by former Queens DA Richard Brown, the seven challengers running to replace him are competing to showcase their progressive credentials.

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Refugees, in Pursuit of Art

Thursday, June 13, 2019

There are more than 25 million refugees across the world, many of them escaping war, famine and natural disasters. A select few manage to turn their experiences into art.

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Changes Proposed for a System that Stigmatizes Parents Accused of Child Neglect

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Legislation in Albany would make changes to the state's registry of child neglect cases — one that's easy to get on, hard to get off and entraps mostly poor families of color.

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Without a Driver's License on the East End of Long Island

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Many undocumented immigrants live and work on eastern Long Island. They're hoping the Democratic-led legislature approves drivers licenses for them, but it's not a done deal.

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Bergen County Jail To Allow ICE Detainees To Hug Their Loved Ones

Monday, June 03, 2019

Bergen County's sheriff says his jail will allow immigrant detainees to have physical contact with their visitors within two weeks.

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A Cautionary Tale For DACA Recipients From A Detained Student

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Omar Helalat has spent more than a year at an ICE detention center outside Buffalo, even though charges against him were dropped. His lawyer claims that’s unconstitutional.

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Massive Ferry Lines as NYers Flock To Rockaway Beach and Waterfront Areas

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hundreds waited in lines of more than an hour to ride ferries to Rockaway Beach Sunday.


NJ GOP Welcomes Former Sheriff Ousted Over Racist Rant

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Former Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks. Now, Republicans have asked him to campaign and fundraise for them.

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Once Separated From Her Mom, Now Studying To Help Other Immigrant Kids

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dany Manzanarez Gomez was moved by the cries of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border — a pain she once knew herself.

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Presiding Under Pressure

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Meet the new judges working in New York City's immigration court under the Trump administration's higher caseload demands and stricter asylum rules.

Orthodox Jewish Vaccine Opponents Lay Low at Borough Park Book Event

Sunday, May 19, 2019

A children's author has taken it on the chin online for her religious kids book extolling vaccines. But at an event in the middle of a measles-hit neighborhood, she draws supporters.

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A Golden Age for Muslims on TV

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A flurry of TV shows put Muslims at the center of their own stories. And behind the scenes, women screenwriters who grew up in immigrant communities are often leading this shift.

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