Karen Frillmann

Enterprise Editor, WNYC News

Karen Frillmann, WNYC's Enterprise Editor, works on the original and agenda setting stories that emerge from the microphones and recorders of WNYC’s reporting staff. She is also the editor for The New Yorker Radio Hour, a weekly production of WNYC Studios.  She got her start in broadcast journalism at WNYC when it was still New York City’s Municipal Broadcasting System. 

As a producer, she launched Senior Edition which helped establish WNYC as a destination for talk and public affairs. She worked for five years as a freelance reporter and producer contributing to National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. As a senior producer at Simon and Schuster Audio, Karen worked with Alice Walker, Bob Woodward, Hunter S. Thompson  Stephen Ambrose and many other notable authors. She returned to public radio as an editor and co-producer for a series of documentaries which included an exploration of the changing NY Waterfront, the 1968 New York City teacher’s school strike and the changes in the city six months after the attacks of September 11th.  She took on the senior editorial position in the newsroom in 2003. 

Awards for her reporting and editing achievements include recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Armstrong Award, the Dupont-Columbia University Awards,  the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, The Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Award, The Associated Press Broadcasters Association,  the Newswomen’s Club of New York and  the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from whom she received a Grammy nomination for her production of  “War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars.”     

Growing up in southeast Queens and having lived in various neighborhoods around the city, Karen is very happy to continue to document and report on her hometown. On summer weekends, she can be found swimming upriver in the Hudson where she has helped to establish a free floating river pool in Beacon, NY.    

Karen Frillmann appears in the following:

Episode 6: The Kids Are Not Alright

Thursday, October 27, 2016

In Suffolk County it is said that everyone knows someone who has been affected by the national opioid epidemic. WNYC & The Nation travel to Long Island to find out just how true this is.

Episode 5: White Like Me

Thursday, October 20, 2016

For some on Long Island, their expectations don't match their realities. So, we examine what truly happens with a dream deferred.

Episode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The failure to listen, but success to be heard may be the cornerstone driving today's cultural and political climates.

Episode 3: This Land Is My Land, That Land Is Your Land

Thursday, October 06, 2016

One thing politicians on both sides of the aisle have agreed on is that immigrants seeking legal status should "go to the back of the line." Problem is, that line doesn't exist.

Episode 2: Who Owns the Deed to the American Dream?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Suburbia's current existential crisis comes as no surprise to those who know the history beyond its white picket fences.

Episode 1: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Join us as we take our first steps into Long Island to find out if America has truly lost its mind.

The Legacy of Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pat Summitt, the legendary women's college basketball coach, passed away on June 28th.


How New York Fashion Week Created American Style

Thursday, June 02, 2016

For most of the early 1900s, America took its fashion cues from Paris. But in 1943, Eleanor Lambert changed the game.


The Presidential Election, as Performed by a Queens High School

Friday, April 22, 2016

Townsend Harris High School, a magnet school in Queens, mounts a mock Presidential election.

The Case Against Assad

Friday, April 15, 2016

At an undisclosed location in Western Europe, a group called the CIJA is gathering evidence of war crimes perpetrated by the Syrian government.

Dirty Little Secrets: In Your Fish

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Eating any fish from the Lower Passaic can cause cancer, liver damage and reproductive issues. Now, companies who polluted the river are swapping contaminated fish for frozen fillets. 

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The Search for Big Brown

Friday, December 25, 2015

Jill Lepore's three-part story about Adrianna Alty's search for her biological father, a once-prominent downtown poet, is presented here in its entirety.

A High School Mock Election Keeps it Real

Friday, December 04, 2015

Townsend Harris High School in Queens mounted a school-wide presidential election simulation, with students playing the candidates, pollsters, fundraisers, and journalists.

A Father's Mission

Friday, November 20, 2015

Staff writer Jennifer Gonnerman spent time with Taylonn Murphy to understand how and why he has dedicated his life to ending the feud that killed his daughter.

The Search for Big Brown, Pt. 3

Friday, November 06, 2015

Staff writer Jill Lepore concludes her three-part story about her friend Adriana Alty’s search for her biological father, a Greenwich Village street poet named William “Big” Brown.

The Search for Big Brown, Pt. 2

Friday, October 30, 2015

In the second installment of staff writer Jill Lepore’s story, her childhood friend Adrianna Alty uncovers further details about her biological father.

The Search for Big Brown, Pt. 1

Friday, October 23, 2015

Staff writer Jill Lepore presents part one in a three-part series about her childhood friend, Adrianna Alty, who was one of few people of color in her town growing up.

Brooklyn Neighbors Say Garden Could Be Washed Away in a Rising Tide of Deed Fraud

Thursday, October 22, 2015

As real estate prices rise and even derelict properties become prized, disputed deeds are on the increase. 

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Frida Kahlo, Her Garden and Her Art

Friday, October 16, 2015

The New York Botanical Garden recreates Kahlo's home "Casa Azul" in Mexico, making the connection between her love of flowers and the natural world and painting.


Middle Easterners Living in New York Uncertain About Iran Deal

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Iran nuclear deal will be formally adopted on Oct. 19. But Israeli and Iranian immigrants in New York are concerned with what will happen next in their home countries. 

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