Mirela Iverac

Reporter, WNYC News

Mirela Iverac is a reporter for WNYC, where she covers poverty and homelessness. She joined the station in 2011.

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:

City's Homeless Plan Isn't Keeping Pace

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mayor de Blasio announced an ambitious plan more than a year and a half ago to build more, better shelters, and to locate them more evenly throughout the city.

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City Consolidates Homeless Subsidies

Friday, November 02, 2018

This week the city simplified its rental assistance programs to help reduce record homelessness.


Hotel Union Seeks Concessions to Allow On-the-Job Voting

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A new contract gives suburban New York workers four hours of paid leave on Election Day to cast their ballots.


Number of Homeless Students Rises by Nearly 3 Percent in New York City

Monday, October 15, 2018

More than 114,000 students in New York City schools were homeless at some point during the last school year.

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Young Activists Rally for Tighter Gun Laws Ahead of Midterm Elections

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Young anti-gun violence activists marked one year since the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history with a rally in New York City.

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Poverty in NYC Decreases Third Year in a Row, Census Says

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Poverty decreased and income increased in New York and New Jersey, according to the latest census figures.

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Bronx Crime Continues Despite Mass Police Actions

Monday, August 20, 2018

WNYC reporter Mirela Iverac discusses her radio series, “Takedown in the Bronx.” 


The NYPD's Gang Strategy

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Mirela Iverac talks about the NYPD's evolving gang strategy and the community's reaction to it. 

Takedown in the Bronx

Monday, August 06, 2018

On April 27, 2016, police arrested 120 people in the northeast Bronx in the largest gang takedown in New York City history. We've been following the case ever since.


NYC Says It's Providing Services to Immigrant Kids Separated at Border

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

City agencies are providing services to around 300 kids brought to New York after being separated from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border.


New Data Raises Questions About Stop Signs' and Traffic Signals' Effectiveness in School Zones

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Senate Republicans are urging alternatives to speed cameras, but newly released data raises questions about whether they work.


Officials Urge State Lawmakers to Pass Speed Cameras Bill

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

City officials are continuing to urge state lawmakers to return to Albany and renew a citywide speed camera program before it expires at the end of July.

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New York City Celebrates Pride Parade

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Yorkers came out in force Sunday to celebrate the annual LGBTQ march, covering the city with rainbow flags.


One of NYC's Best Known Homeless Advocates Steps Down

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mary Brosnahan, the president and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless, is leaving after three decades.    

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Shower Bus Could Help the Homeless in Brooklyn — in a Year

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A non-profit in Brooklyn wants to create a shower bus. But even with a model, a design and funding in place, it could take a year for the bus to be ready to hit the streets.

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Code Blue For NYC

Thursday, December 28, 2017

How the city is protecting vulnerable people when the city’s temperature dips to extreme lows.

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City's Child Welfare Agency Implements New Protocol to Protect Children at High Risk of Abuse

Friday, December 22, 2017

The city’s child welfare agency is putting a new protocol in place that it says will better protect infants and toddlers who are at highest risk of abuse.


City Plans to Use Eminent Domain to Create Affordable Housing for Homeless

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The de Blasio administrations says it's going to take over private buildings that house homeless families and convert them to affordable housing, using eminent domain if necessary. 

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More Homeless People Live in New York Than in Any Other City

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

More homeless people live in New York City than any other city in the country — 20,000 more than Los Angeles, according to the latest figures from the federal government.

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Hotel Workers Say These Panic Buttons Help Them Feel Safer

Friday, December 01, 2017

Five years ago, in an industry that’s not often in the spotlight, a local union managed to negotiate new sexual assault protections for its workers.

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