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:
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.
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.
Friday, June 05, 2020
Reports of possible child abuse and neglect have decreased significantly over the past two months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, May 04, 2020
When the entire subway system shuts down, the people will have to look for shelter elsewhere.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak there are more single adults in the city’s homeless shelter system than ever before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
18,000 city workers will become part of an expanded effort to reduce street homelessness.