Mirela Iverac

Reporter, WNYC News

Mirela Iverac is a reporter for WNYC, where she covers poverty and homelessness.

In 2016, Mirela was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. She previously won a Gracie award for Outstanding Reporter and Best New Journalist in the New York metropolitan area award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Her work has also been honored with other awards from the New York Press Club, the Garden State Journalist Association, and the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Prior to joining WNYC, Mirela spent a year at the New York Times’ metro desk as a freelance contributor. She also reported for Time Magazine, the New York Daily News and Forbes, among other publications.

Mirela holds master's degrees in journalism from Columbia University and in international affairs from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Mirela Iverac appears in the following:

Two Months In, Tenants Say Rent Relief Program Still Isn't Working

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A rental assistance program has so far issued $100 million to help people who fell back on rent during the pandemic. But tenants and housing advocates say it's not working.


City Resumes Return To Shelters

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The city has resumed returning homeless New Yorkers back to congregate shelters this week.


New York State Makes Changes To Rent Relief Program Following Complaints

Monday, July 26, 2021

Governor Cuomo says the state is going to make a $2.7 billion rent relief program easier to access.


Low Levels Of Marijuana No Longer Seized In Airports

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Small amounts or marijuana found on passengers in New York's airports are no longer being seized.

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Tenant Advocates Say Emergency Rental Assistance Might Not Be Reaching Most Vulnerable New Yorkers

Monday, July 12, 2021

A month into the program, advocates say the New Yorkers who need emergency aid the most might be left out due to problems with the application.


City Faces Legal Challenge Over Decision to Move Homeless New Yorkers Back to Shelters

Thursday, July 08, 2021

The city’s decision to move homeless New Yorkers from hotels back into congregate shelters is being challenged in federal court.


NYC Makes Progress Vaccinating Homeless Residents

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

So far, about 7,000—or 40%—of single adults living in city shelters have been fully vaccinated.


In Person Family Visits To Resume At City Jails

Thursday, June 24, 2021

In-person family visits at city jails are resuming on Friday for the first time in 15 months.


City Starts Moving Homeless New Yorkers Back Into Shelters

Monday, June 21, 2021

The city is beginning to move homeless people from shelters back into hotels this week.


Tens Of Thousands Of New Yorkers Have Applied For Rent Relief

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Last week, New Yorkers who couldn’t pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic became eligible for emergency rental assistance program. Tens of thousands have applied so far.


Less Than A Third Of NY Prison Employees Vaccinated Against COVID

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination rates among staff at New York jails and prisons are lagging behind other congregate settings and the general public.


Court Rules City Can Move Homeless Men From Upper West Side Hotel

Thursday, June 03, 2021

After a months-long battle, a court has ruled that the city can move homeless men out of a hotel on the Upper West Side.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program Opens Up For New Yorkers

Friday, May 28, 2021

Starting Tuesday, financially strapped New Yorkers who fell behind in rent because of the pandemic can apply for financial relief.


City Council Expected To Pass A Bill That Increases Value Of Rental Vouchers For Homeless New Yorkers

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The New York City Council is poised to pass a bill this week that will increase the value of housing vouchers for homeless families.


City Prepares To Start Moving Homeless New Yorkers Back Into Shelters

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The city is taking steps toward returning homeless New Yorkers back into shelters, after placing many of them in hotels during the pandemic. 


Restaurants Are Hiring, But Applicants Aren’t Yet Biting

Monday, May 17, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, New York City restaurants and bars are hiring more employees — and facing challenges.


Report Says M/WBEs Are Struggling To Stay Afloat

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

A report from the City Comptroller's office says minority and women-owned businesses in the five boroughs are struggling to stay afloat amid the pandemic.


Spring Brings A Sense Of Optimism for NYC Restaurant & Bar Owners

Thursday, April 29, 2021

After suffering staggering losses during the pandemic, some restaurant and bar owners say they are seeing more customers and hiring back employees.


Despite Working In Hotspots, Correctional Officers Fall Behind In COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

Monday, April 12, 2021

Staff at New York jails and prisons are taking the COVID-19 vaccines at a lower rate than similar front-line workers, raising concerns among health experts.


Former HUD Official Admits To Violating Hatch Act With RNC Video

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

A former Trump appointee admitted to violating federal law by producing a Republican National Convention video boasting that conditions at NYCHA had improved.