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:

Study Says NYC's Muni ID Program Is a Success

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Since a municipal identification card was introduced a year and a half ago, 863,646 New Yorkers got it.


To Prevent Families From Entering Homeless Shelters, NYC Offers Debit Cards

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The City of New York is trying out a new approach to stop families with children from entering the homeless shelter system — paying them to stay put.

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New York Attempts to Fight Street Homelessness Block by Block

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The city is sending out dozens of workers to search for the homeless, part of a new program that's supposed to move thousands off the streets and into housing.

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Cuomo Announces First Phase of Homelessness Plan

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Governor Cuomo is taking the first steps in his five-year, $10 billion plan for addressing homelessness.  

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What Happens After a Gang Takedown

Monday, May 23, 2016

Police and federal prosecutors announced the largest gang takedown in NYC's history last month. With the Police Department’s increasing focus on gangs, we look what happens after a raid.

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Part 4: I Got a Little Island

Monday, April 25, 2016

In PART FOUR of our special series on homelessness in New York, Shakira Crawford finds a new job, a new home, and more than a few new friends.

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Sanders Gets Warm Welcome at Sharpton's National Action Network

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sanders told the audience he marched on Washington with Dr. King, but he highlighted the familiar themes of his campaign, including income inequality and free college.

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Protests Fire Up Over East New York Rezoning Plan

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ten people were arrested on Wednesday for disorderly conduct while protesting a proposed rezoning for East New York.  


City Re-Structures Agencies to Tackle Homelessness

Monday, April 11, 2016

The restructuring will lead to almost $40 million in savings, so that reforms can be put into place.


New York City to Overhaul Social Service Agencies

Monday, April 11, 2016

In a sweeping move to get a handle on the homeless problem,  the city will put the Department of Homeless Services and the Human Resources Administration under one command.

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Advocacy Group Says Homeless Adults Need More Support

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Coalition for the Homeless says the state and the city need to do more to help homeless adults living in the city’s shelters and on the streets.

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In Homeless Shelters, Domestic Violence Prevails

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A new report from the city says domestic violence is the most common violent incident in homeless shelters.


Created On Cuomo's Recommendation, Homeless Agency's Future Now in de Blasio's Hands

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Twenty years after the Department of Homeless Services was created, Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering whether to eliminate it as a standalone agency.


City Releases First Scorecard for Homeless Shelters

Monday, February 01, 2016

In total, there were 21,400 violations across the shelter system.


After Delay, City to Issue Scorecard for Homeless Shelters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On the heels of stepped up safety measures at shelters, the city is following through on plans to rate shelters based on violations and status of repairs.

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City to Open More Drop-In Centers for Homeless

Monday, January 11, 2016

New York City is doubling the number of drop-in centers that serve homeless people who don't want to go to shelters.


Infant Living in a Homeless Shelter Unit Dies

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A 4-month old girl living in a so-called "cluster site" apartment died over the weekend, possibly while sleeping in the same bed as her mother.


Cuomo Outlines Proposal to Reform Criminal Justice

Sunday, January 10, 2016

It's the latest in a string of previews the governor has been providing ahead of his State of the State address on Wednesday.


City Adds More Beds for Homeless Youth

Friday, January 08, 2016

Under a new plan presented by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city will add 300 beds specifically for homeless youth.

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Governor's Order Doesn't Change City's Approach to Street Homelessness

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Gov. Cuomo’s executive order to remove the homeless off the streets when the temperature drops to 32 degrees hasn’t changed how the city deals with street homelessness.