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:

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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Man Charged in Terror Attack Pleads Not Guilty

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The New Jersey man accused of the deadly truck attack in Lower Manhattan last month pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday.


FEMA's Assistance Provides a Lifeline for Some Puerto Ricans in New York

Monday, November 27, 2017

Several dozen Puerto Rican families fleeing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are staying in hotels in New York. For some, it replaced the shelter option.


Puerto Rican Families Take Advantage of FEMA's Program in NY

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The federal government is paying for thirty-four families who fled Puerto Rico after Hurrican Maria to stay in hotels across New York.


De Blasio's Homelessness Struggle

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bill de Blasio began his term as mayor promising that new strategies would solve the growing homelessness problem. Then reality struck.

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Immigrant Advocates Reject Trump Immigration Proposals

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Some immigration advocates say the immigration policy measures the Trump administration wants to implement in exchange for legislation that would protect Dreamers are unacceptable.


Comptroller Says Subway Delays Cost Hundreds of Millions

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Scott Stringer's latest assessment of the burdens of subway riders used federal wage data to calculate dollar figures.


City Offers to Pay Rent for Homeless Families Who Move Out of Town

Friday, September 29, 2017

Faced with stubbornly high levels of homelessness, the de Blasio administration is offering to pay 12 months' rent up front for homeless families who find an apartment outside the city.

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Income Goes Up and Poverty Goes Down in New York and New Jersey

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The results followed the national trends, according to the latest census figures.


New Lead Organization for Homeless Street Outreach in Manhattan

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Harlem-based non-profit is now leading efforts to reach out to the homeless living on the streets of Manhattan.

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Seeing More Homeless? It's Not an Illusion.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The number of homeless people living on the city’s streets increased by 40 percent according to an annual survey.  

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HUD Pulls Back From Reports of Appointing Trump Loyalist to Housing Post

Friday, June 16, 2017

After facing a round of criticism, HUD denied a report that a Trump family employee without experience in running housing programs was appointed a new regional administrator. 


As Shelters Go Up, City Moves Homeless Out of Private Apartments

Friday, May 26, 2017

So-called "cluster sites" are expensive for the city, and often unhealthy for residents.


Brooklyn Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against the City's Plan to Open Homeless Shelter

Monday, May 22, 2017

A judge has cleared the way for the city to open a homeless shelter in Crown Heights, a decision that has implications for Mayor de Blasio’s homelessness strategy.