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:

City Lags Far Behind Promised Testing For Homeless New Yorkers

Friday, June 19, 2020

Back in April, Mayor de Blasio said all homeless New Yorkers would be tested for COVID-19 by the middle of May. But so far only a small fraction of them have been tested.


Despite Criticism Over Performance, Homeless Outreach Provider Receives Another Contract

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The group that’s in charge of homeless outreach in the subway system has been awarded another contract despite facing criticism over its performance.


Child Abuse Reports Plunge During COVID Pandemic

Friday, June 05, 2020

Reports of possible child abuse and neglect have decreased significantly over the past two months. 


Lonely Life And Death Of One Homeless New Yorker

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Even without the threat of COVID-19, homeless New Yorkers die young. Many of them, like Angie Henry, pass away without family or friends.

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Deaths Of Single Adults In Homeless Shelters Far Outpace City Average

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Fifty-two people died of COVID-19 in shelters for single adults. That’s a rate of 300 per 100,000 residents—more than 50% higher than the citywide average.


Those Homeless From The Subway? Most Aren't Ending Up In Shelters.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

After touting his success in getting homeless New Yorkers out of the subway system and into shelters, Mayor de Blasio is acknowledging only a smaller portion of them are staying there.


Reports Of Domestic Violence Aren't Going Up. That Doesn't Mean It's Not Happening.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Even though reports of domestic violence in New York City have fallen since the coronavirus outbreak began, experts say there are likely more victims suffering behind closed doors.


City's Effort To House Subway Homeless Comes Up Short

Monday, May 11, 2020

Since the subway shutdown began last week, Mayor de Blasio has touted his success in getting hundreds of homeless people into shelters. But few of them end up staying there.


The 2,200 People Who Overnight In Subways Need To Find A New Place To Sleep

Monday, May 04, 2020

When the entire subway system shuts down, the people will have to look for shelter elsewhere.


NYC's Single Adult Shelter Census Reaches Record High

Friday, April 17, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak there are more single adults in the city’s homeless shelter system than ever before.


Coronavirus Victim, Leroy Hammett, Remembered As A Pillar In His South Bronx Community

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Some victims of the coronavirus outbreak were widely well-known. Others, like Leroy Hammett, were less well-known but stood out in their communities.


City Starts Moving Seniors Out Of Congregate Homeless Shelters

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

After pleas to protect vulnerable residents in congregate-style shelters during the coronavirus outbreak the city will relocate homeless senior citizens in hotels.


Network of Charities and Volunteers Feed New York's Seniors

Monday, April 06, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 there’s an increased need for food, especially among seniors who are not leaving their apartment these days. 


City Continues Breaking Up Homeless Encampments, Despite CDC Guidelines

Monday, March 30, 2020

The de Blasio administration has continued breaking up homeless encampments during the coronavirus outbreak, rejecting guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Some Homeless Shelters Pose Big Risks For Spread Of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020

City officials have reported that a second homeless person has died from COVID-19 while the total number of cases in the shelter system increased from 17 to 59 over the past week.


City Says Homeless Children Will Be The First In Line For Internet-Connected Devices

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As New York City's public schools prepare to switch to remote learning next week questions remain about how the more than 20,000 children in homeless shelters will participate.


City Issues Guidelines To Homeless Shelters For Coronovirus Care

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Homeless shelters, many of which put individuals in close contact with one another, have received guidelines from the city on how to contain the new coronavirus.


NYCHA Residents Sue Authority, Seeking Monetary Damages

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

They say the authority isn’t properly handling lead and mold issues, and that rodent infestations and elevator outages are common.


City Council To Vote On Bill That Would Set Aside Housing for Homeless

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The New York City Council is expected to pass a bill that will require developers to set aside housing for the homeless in city-subsidized buildings.


De Blasio Enlists City Workers to Reduce Homelessness

Thursday, November 14, 2019

18,000 city workers will become part of an expanded effort to reduce street homelessness.

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