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:

Job Recovery Remains Slow, IBO Says

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Even though movie theaters and middle schools in New York City are coming back to life, the job market isn't expected to fully recover for years.

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Pandemic Rent Drops Haven’t Made Finding Affordable Housing Much Easier For Essential Workers, Report Says

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Rents have fallen significantly in New York City due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn't helped essential workers, according to a new report from StreetEasy. 

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New York City Commission On Human Rights Finds New Approach To Tackling Housing Discrimination

Thursday, February 11, 2021

New York City is deploying a new strategy to fight discrimination against low-income tenants who rely on housing subsidies to help pay the rent.

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Housing In NYC Remains Unaffordable, Report Says

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

A new report says housing remains deeply unaffordable in New York City, despite Mayor de Blasio's prioritization of the issue.

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NYCHA Sees Fewer Outages So Far This Winter

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Though some residents lost heat during the snowstorm earlier this week, the New York City Housing Authority has had fewer outages overall so far than last winter. 

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Acceptance Rate For Homeless Families At City’s Shelters Drops To Record Lows

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Last year, the percentage of New York City families deemed eligible to live in homeless shelters dropped to its lowest point during the de Blasio administration.  

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In First Week, NYC Vaccinates Several Hundred Homeless New Yorkers

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The city has so far vaccinated several hundred homeless New Yorkers and people who work in shelters.

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NYC Commissioner Calls Homeless Shelters 'A Ticking Time Bomb' During COVID

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Social Services Commissioner, Steven Banks, reflects on how the city has dealt with its homelessness crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New York’s Next Challenge: Vaccinating Homeless People

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Homeless New Yorkers who live in shelters where they share sleeping spaces, bathrooms, or dining areas can now get vaccinated.

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City Makes Changes To Annual Street Homelessness Count Due To Pandemic

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

New York City will change how it conducts its annual street homelessness count as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amid Pandemic, Chronically Homeless Man Gets His Own Home

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Peter Malvan spent seven years living on the streets of New York, but during the COVID-19 pandemic his life changed dramatically. 

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NYC Unemployment Decreases, But Still Lags Behind The Rest Of The Country

Friday, December 18, 2020

The city’s economic recovery is lagging behind the nation’s as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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Marriott Will Lay Off 850 Employees from Times Square Hotel

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Marriott will lay off 850 employees from its hotel in Times Square, citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How A Simple Change In Homeless Strategy Is Making A Big Difference Bringing People Indoors

Friday, December 11, 2020

Since the pandemic started, hundreds of homeless New Yorkers have left the streets and subways, places where they, in many cases, lived for years.  

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More Than 110,000 Children Were Homeless Last Year, Report Says

Thursday, December 03, 2020

More than 110,000 New York City students were homeless during at least one point during the last school year, according to a new report.

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Judge Lets City Move Homeless People Out Of UWS Hotel

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A judge has decided that the city can move ahead with its plan to relocate homeless men who've been staying at the Lucerne hotel on the Upper West Side.

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Legal Aid Sues City Over Lack Of Internet Access For Homeless Students

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Legal Aid Society has filed a federal lawsuit against the city over lack of internet access in homeless shelters.

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School Closures Present A Particular Challenge For Homeless Families

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Mayor de Blasio's decision to halt all in-person learning at New York City's public schools is particularly challenging for homeless families living in shelters.

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Increasing Number Of Families With Children At Risk Of Homelessness, Report Says

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

One-third of families with children in the New York metro area haven’t paid their rent in recent months, according to a new report.

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Six Months After Subway Shutdown, Hundreds Of Homeless New Yorkers Have Moved To Shelters

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Six hundred homeless New Yorkers have moved out of the subway system and into shelters since the shutdown started in May. 

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