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:
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Andrew Cuomo is resigning as governor of New York - a stunning reversal after riding a wave of praise last year for the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
"I think he should resign," Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.
Monday, August 02, 2021
"I'm not disappearing, pal. I am not disappearing.”
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Eight mayoral candidates will go head-to-head.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
WNYC/Gothamist worked with the Independent Budget Office to map where attendance is lowest in public schools.
Monday, February 01, 2021
Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is the latest in a long line of mayoral hopefuls to suggest taking subways and buses back from state control.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Staff at a school building that houses multiple high schools in Manhattan have been warning of poor air quality and ventilation issues for months.
Monday, July 06, 2020
The New York City Board of Elections starts counting absentee ballots Monday, six days later than scheduled. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports ones missing postmarks may get tossed.
Monday, April 20, 2020
There are 135,000 students classified as English language learners enrolled in New York City public schools. Remote learning is particularly challenging for many of them.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
New York City high school senior Ashaa Khan explores how pivotal moments unfold in the midst of COVID-19.
Thursday, April 02, 2020
New York City public schools won’t be observing spring break as scheduled this year. Many students aren’t too happy to hear it.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
WNYC's Brigid Bergin spent last weekend there to find out how voters are making up their minds about Michael Bloomberg's campaign.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
The District Attorney’s list also names officers with pending criminal charges and those whose credibility has been challenged by judges.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
The head of New York City Transit Andy Byford resigned Thursday after two years, over his diminished role at the MTA.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Several elevators and escalators have been taken out of service for planned work at Grand Central Terminal. We The Commuter looks into your questions about why this work was scheduled.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Keep early voting out of schools next year. That's what the de Blasio administration is saying ahead of a joint legislative hearing on Wednesday.
Monday, November 18, 2019
The staffers want to address wage disparities, improve workplace conditions and create a system to support employees through termination proceedings.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Many adults say they brace for the noise and chaos that come with teenagers tumbling onto subways and buses after school. WNYC asked teenagers for their take.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
"Conductor Gene" Ruocchio's regular riders threw him a retirement party during their morning commute.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Details of a congestion-pricing plan for New York City are emerging, but no deal will be final until the entire budget is approved in Albany.