Mirela Iverac

Reporter, WNYC News

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

In 2013, Mirela won a Gracie award for Outstanding Reporter for her coverage of immigration and poverty. In 2011, she was recognized as Best New Journalist in the New York metropolitan area by the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Her work has also been honored with awards for crime and feature reporting for radio from the New York Press Club and the Garden State Journalist Association, and for multimedia reporting from 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:

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.


Upper East Side Parents Ask for More Pre-K Seats

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Elected officials and parents rallied on the Upper East Side Sunday to ask the city to provide more prekindergarten seats.


Judge Delays Opening of Crown Heights Homeless Shelter — Again

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Brooklyn judge told the de Blasio administration to negotiate with Crown Heights residents who sued to block a shelter for homeless men.


Crown Heights Residents Speak Out Against Another Homeless Shelter

Friday, April 07, 2017

Dozens of residents showed up at a town hall meeting Thursday evening to oppose the opening of a new family shelter in their neighborhood.

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Once Again, Judge Bars City From Opening Crown Heights Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It's one of the first shelters that was supposed to open under Mayor de Blasio's plan to pen 90 new shelters across the city over the next five years.

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Judge Temporarily Bars City from Opening Homeless Shelter

Friday, March 24, 2017

Neighbors argued that Crown Heights is already saturated. But the city says it's confident they will be allowed to proceed after a hearing next week.


Opening Delayed for Homeless Shelter in de Blasio's New Plan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The shelter in Crown Heights was supposed to be the first to open in the mayor's plan to build 90 new shelters across the city.


De Blasio's Latest Homeless Plan Faces Obstacles

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The mayor plans to help the homeless stay in the neighborhoods they come from and distribute shelters more fairly across the city. Can he do both at once?

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More People Found Eligible for Shelter Under de Blasio

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The number of people in the city’s homeless shelter system is at a historic high. That’s partly because the number of people being found eligible for shelter is higher.


Child Welfare Agency Gets New Commissioner

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Administration for Children's Services faced criticism over several high-profile deaths before the previous commissioner resigned.


City Should Count Homeless in Emergency Rooms, Advocates Say

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some advocates say the city should do more to improve the accuracy of its annual homeless count.

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Uniting Immigrant New Yorkers to Fight Trump Policies

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A fundraising event in Queens on Sunday was about more than helping out Haiti. It was a call for immigrants of many backgrounds to stand up to the new administration.


City Amps Up Fight Against Landlords Who Refuse Housing Vouchers

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Carmelyn Malalis, head of the Commission on Human Rights, says the city has increased the number of investigations and complaints about discrimination based on income.

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Shelter Provider Got Millions From the City — With No Contract

Friday, December 23, 2016

The non-profit provider operating the Bronx apartment where two homeless children died this month had no contract that spelled out standards of care.


State Orders City to Appoint a Monitor to Oversee Child Welfare

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

At the same time, the state and the city issued scathing reports about how the Administration for Children's Services handled the case of a Harlem boy who was fatally beaten.


City Promises Full Investigation into Death of Two Toddlers in the Bronx

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The sisters were killed Wednesday, following a radiator malfunction.