Patricia Willens

Enterprise Editor, WNYC News

Patricia Willens is a News Editor in charge of the newsroom's youth and family reporting team. She is also the Enterprise Editor, overseeing the newsroom's larger projects, including series, podcasts and digital-first efforts. She and her teams have won major journalism awards, including from ONA, the Deadline Club, and AP.

Willens started at WNYC as a freelance reporter before serving as Morning Edition producer. Since then, she has served as assignment editor, health and education editor, intern coordinator and live-events producer. In all these roles, her goal has been to make WNYC sound as compelling as the region it serves.


Patricia Willens appears in the following:

Brownsville: No Label Necessary

Monday, January 29, 2018

Residents have a lot to say about how to celebrate their neighborhood and improve it, and it often conflicts with the hardened view outsiders have of their central Brooklyn community. 


Held for Months, Teens Accused of MS-13 Affiliation Start Returning to Long Island

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A teen accused of gang membership started learning English by reading children's books in the five months he was detained. A judge has now ruled there's not enough evidence to hold him.


Local Teen Sex Educators Lose Federal Support

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A program to prevent teen pregnancy is showing strong results. But the federal government is rescinding the Obama-era grant that funds it.

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Waiting for FEMA in a Tent

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thirty-eight days ago, a FEMA representative said someone would come to assess the damage to Roberto Diaz's destroyed home. He's still waiting in a tent so he doesn't miss the visit. 


Sharp Divide on Abortion and Schools in New Jersey Governor Race

Monday, October 30, 2017

Use the N.J. Voter Guide to see where the leading candidates for governor stand on challenges facing the state. And then remember to vote. Election Day is Nov. 7.

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Answers to Your Biggest Questions For the Next NJ Governor

Thursday, October 19, 2017

You sent us hundreds of questions about the New Jersey governor's race. We got you some answers. 

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A Couple Whose Love Soars When Things Blow Up and Fall Down

Monday, October 02, 2017

Fran Pado and Andy Newman met in 2001 at the implosion of the Maspeth Gas Tanks; on Sunday, they fondly watched the detonation of the old Kosciuszko Bridge.


Voting Block: Downtown Newark Locals Grapple With Growth

Friday, September 15, 2017

Small business owners on Halsey Street want the next governor to keep investment going in Newark while longtime residents on the block wonder how long they can hang on.

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When the School Building Itself Is a Barrier to Equal Education

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New York City students with physical disabilities share what it means to have limited access to spaces inside their public schools. Suffice it to say, they're fed up.

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Using Digital Games — And Empathy — As Teaching Tools

Monday, June 19, 2017

A middle school teacher in New Jersey is using digital games and virtual reality to let his kids experience the humanity on all sides of tough issues like immigration and war.

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The Problem with Addiction Treatment: Getting People to Take It

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The city is spending millions of dollars to get more New Yorkers on medication for addiction. But for some families on Staten Island, it's a tough sell.

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Voting Block: New Jersey Neighbors Dare to Talk Politics

Monday, June 12, 2017

It's become increasingly difficult to have political conversations with those who disagree. But we are asking one very diverse neighborhood to try.

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CUNY Chancellor Outlines New 'Strategic Vision'

Friday, January 27, 2017

CUNY's head is promoting a plan that would streamline operations across the school system, connect students to industries and boost graduation rates. Oh, and more fundraising, too.


Maternity Maze: Getting the Facts to Choose the Right Hospital For You

Thursday, January 12, 2017

There is a lot of public data on maternal health and New York City hospitals. We help you make sense of it so you have your baby at the best hospital for you.

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Moms Share What They Wish They Had Known About Childbirth

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WNYC canvassed new mothers in New York City and collected insights that came maybe a little later than desired. 

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New York City Targets Maternal Health in Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New York City health officials are watching childbirth rates across the city — and trying to find ways to lower the risk for the most vulnerable group: African-American women.


Code H: How One Brooklyn Hospital Runs Drills to Improve Maternal Health

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Maimonides Hospital delivers more babies in a year than any other hospital in New York State. They also have some of the lowest complication rates, a distinction born from practice.

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Black Mothers Face Higher Complication Rates When Delivering Babies in NYC

Monday, January 09, 2017

There’s a safety gap in New York City hospitals that puts the lives of black women at much greater risk than white women. But experts say better hospital culture can reduce the risks.  

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NYC Education Officials Revise Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The new ratings system would put less emphasis on test scores, and a bit more focus on classroom learning.
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Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation

Friday, December 02, 2016

WNYC and BRIC-TV hosted a Town Hall in Brooklyn that tackled school segregation — and wrestled with ways to better integrate New York City classrooms. Check out the great videos.
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