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:

Child Advocates Urge Mayor To Address Obstacles Facing Homeless Students

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thirty organizations have sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio urging him to address what they say are urgent unresolved issues that homeless children face as the new school year begins.

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As New Academic Year Begins, Homeless Students Face Many Challenges

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Deciding whether to send your kids back to school in the middle of a pandemic is difficult for everyone, but it’s especially complicated for homeless families.

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Shelter Residents Criticize Mayor De Blasio's Decision To Move Them Out Of Upper West Side

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Several hundred homeless men will be moved out of an Upper West Side hotel after residents complained their presence worsened living conditions.

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City Will Move Homeless Men Out of Upper West Side Hotel

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The city will move homeless New Yorkers out of an Upper West Side hotel after continued community pressure.

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NYCHA Leaders Stump For Trump, But They Don't All Support Him

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Republican National Convention included a short video of public housing residents and leaders.

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Use Of Hotels To House Homeless New Yorkers In Question After Community Opposition

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thousands of homeless New Yorkers have been moved from shelters and into hotels. But now, facing pressure from some neighborhoods, Mayor de Blasio says the homeless will be moved back.

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Homeless Testing COVID Positive At Lower Rates Than City's General Population

Monday, August 24, 2020

Homeless New Yorkers are testing positive for COVID-19 at a lower rate than the general population.

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Pre-pandemic, Homelessness Increased on Streets And Decreased in Subways

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Even before the pandemic struck, more homeless people were turning up on New York City's streets, but fewer in the subways, according to a federally-mandated January count.

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One-Third Of New York City Residents Have Lost Their Jobs, Report Says

Thursday, August 13, 2020

New York City’s unemployment rate may be far higher than what’s shown in state statistics, according to a new study.

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Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Formerly Homeless Family Deals With Job Loss

Thursday, July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of practically everyone, but this period has been especially challenging for the nearly 800,000 New York City residents who’ve lost their jobs.

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De Blasio Scales Back NYPD 'Outreach' To Homeless

Friday, July 17, 2020

Just a year ago, the mayor had announced an unusually close partnership between the NYPD and Department of Homeless Services.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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