Patricia Willens

Metro 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:

Governor Cuomo's Resignation Leaves Albany In Shock

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.


President Biden Calls For Cuomo To Resign, As Governor Denies Wrongdoing

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

"I think he should resign," Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.


Curtis Sliwa: NYC’s Incurable “Hemorrhoid in A Red Beret”

Monday, August 02, 2021

"I'm not disappearing, pal. I am not disappearing.”

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What To Watch For In Tonight's Mayoral Debate

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Eight mayoral candidates will go head-to-head. 


NYC Schools With Worst Attendance Are In COVID Hot Zones

Sunday, March 14, 2021

WNYC/Gothamist worked with the Independent Budget Office to map where attendance is lowest in public schools.


Favorite Pledge of Mayoral Candidates: City Should Take Over the Subways

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. 

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Airflow Expert Warns MLK School Campus Should Remain Closed Until Repaired

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.


Will Missing A Postmark Invalidate Your Absentee Ballot? We’re About To Find Out

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.


For Students Learning English, NYC’s Remote Learning Comes with Steep Barriers

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.

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One Teen In Quarantine Weighs How Big Moments Still Occur, Just In Smaller Spaces

Saturday, April 18, 2020

New York City high school senior Ashaa Khan explores how pivotal moments unfold in the midst of COVID-19.


NYC Public School Students React to Shortened Spring Break Due to Coronavirus

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.

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Bloomberg's Been Focusing on Virginia - But Super Tuesday Voters There Are Still In Flux

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.


Westchester Prosecutors Name 13 Cops Who Have Been Convicted Of Crimes, But Remain On The Force.

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.


Head of New York City Transit Andy Byford Resigns

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. 

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Those Broken Elevators in Grand Central? We Looked Into It.

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.

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NYC Wants Schools Off The List Of Early Voting Sites in 2020, Advocates Press For Better Accessibility

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.

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New York City Council Staff Launch Union Campaign

Monday, November 18, 2019

The staffers want to address wage disparities, improve workplace conditions and create a system to support employees through termination proceedings.


Teens Say the Reason They're Loud on the Subway Is They're Having Fun (Ever Heard of FUN, Grown Ups?)

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.

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A Rolling Retirement Party on NJ Transit

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

"Conductor Gene" Ruocchio's regular riders threw him a retirement party during their morning commute.


Congestion Pricing Details Emerge As Lawmakers Haggle Over Carve-Outs

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.

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