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:

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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Gun Shot Wound? Sure, I Got This

Friday, August 14, 2015

The first day at a new job can be anxiety-producing, especially if that new job is being a first-time doctor in a New York City emergency room. 

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Nine New Yorkers Talk About Having Sex For The First Time

Friday, August 07, 2015

If someone says "Tell me about your First Time," what do you think of? Be honest. 

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How de Blasio Navigated the Death of Eric Garner

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Before he was elected, de Blasio promised to repair splintered relations between police and communities. But the mayor has been tested by Eric Garner's death from an NYPD officer.


The Long, Winding Path of Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court could make same-sex marriage the law of the land, but for years the issue wasn't on the radar of most gay and lesbian activists.

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'The Sound of Clean Water'

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A $1.6 billion ultraviolet light facility cleans New York City's water supply — and makes a unique hum in the bargain.


Call the Mega-Plumbers: The World's Longest Pipe Needs Fixing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Don't tell California, but the New York City water supply is leaking up to 35 million gallons of water every day.

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They Said it First

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Why are so few podcasts hosted by women? Let's discuss. We're joined by WNYC enterprise editor Karen Frillmann and Nikki Silva, half of the Peabody Award-winning Kitchen Sisters team. 

Reaching Kids Means Conquering Poverty in Mount Vernon

Monday, June 01, 2015

As politicians in Albany spar over education, those on the front lines of the state's poorest schools say poverty needs to be part of the discussion.