Sean Carlson

Host, WNYC/WQXR News

Before coming to New York Public Radio, Sean worked in print, online and radio news around the mid-Atlantic region and Alaska, covering topics including crime, culture and salmon. His investigative reporting and anchoring of election coverage has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the New York Press Association and the Delaware Press Association.

A New Jersey native, Sean lives in Brooklyn and spends his free time most likely burning something in the kitchen or exploring the unexplored corners of Prospect Park. He holds a B.A. from the New School University in Greenwich Village and an M.A. from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Sean Carlson appears in the following:

Cuomo on Ammo Database: Show Me the Bill

Friday, August 09, 2019

The governor has touted New York's gun control laws as the "most aggressive" in the nation. He says an ammunition database has been delayed because implementation is "complicated." 

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What the Justice Department Decision in the Garner Case Means for New Yorkers

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The officer who appeared to apply a banned chokehold on Eric Garner five years ago remains on the force, and it's a flashpoint for Mayor, and presidential candidate, Bill de Blasio.

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The Mayor Is Banning Glass and Steel Skyscrapers? Maybe Not So Much

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mayor de Blasio's proposal to "ban" new glass-and-steel construction is less straightforward than it sounds.

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It's Civics Week for New York City Students

Sunday, April 07, 2019

As part of the mayor's DemocracyNYC initiative, public schools in the city will hold events and voter registration drives.


Hunger and Homelessness Can Be Hidden Costs of Higher Education

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Recent reports suggest food and housing insecurity are more widespread at CUNY and SUNY schools than it may seem.

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City Council Considering Bill Updating Flawed Legionnaires' Law

Monday, March 25, 2019

The tougher law would mandate more rigorous tracking of the cooling system apparatuses that can cause the potentially deadly pneumonia.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Dexter Story, Malawi's Lazarus, and Angelique Kidjo

Monday, March 18, 2019

New Sounds
This week, (almost) all roads lead to Africa with Angelique Kidjo’s Celia Cruz tribute, Dexter Story's Ethiopop-influenced music, Carlos Santana with Buika, and Malawi's Lazarus.
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Manhattan District Attorney Plans State Trial for Manafort

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

After his federal convictions, a Trump ally faces charges in state court.

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Murphy, NJ Lawmakers Reach Deal to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Now comes the hard part: converting some lawmakers' "nays" into "yeas" in order to assure passage before a vote takes place on the bill on March 25th.

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False Alarm Prompts Massive Police Response at Westchester Hospital

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Police and SWAT team units rushed to a Bronxville hospital late Sunday after two patients reported seeing a man with a shotgun. Officials later concluded it was a false alarm.

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Does Amazon Just Not Like to Negotiate? We Asked an Expert.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Amid political and public pressure, Amazon walked away from Queens. Seattle is not surprised.


Police Officer Killed by Friendly Fire During Armed Robbery in Queens

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This is the first death of an officer on duty this year. 

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Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Is Endangered By Rising Sea Levels

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A new report by Bloomberg News details the threat climate change poses to the bustling transit corridor. 

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De Blasio Takes (Some) Responsibility for Commissioner Confusion

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The mayor says the leadership change at the city Office of Emergency Management "could have been handled better all around."

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Hate the Plan For Amazon's LIC Campus? Wait and See

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Amazon's development in Queens has politicians and residents protesting in the streets. But one writer says the plan may yield broad benefits in the long run.

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New Jersey Inches Forward on Legalizing Marijuana

Monday, November 26, 2018

A state legislative committee has voted to send a bill legalizing recreational marijuana to a floor vote.

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Tune in to 'Helga' This Week on WNYC

Monday, November 26, 2018

Host Helga Davis stops by to talk about her chats with cultural luminaries and her "unconventional life in performance."


How HUD's Inspection System Failed NYCHA Residents

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has an inspection system that's 20-years-old and, as this investigation found, largely ineffective.


City Admits: We Still Don't Know Where All the Cooling Towers Are

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Three years after the passage of legislation meant to limit outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease, officials say they're still not sure how many cooling towers are left unregistered.


As Cooling Tower Owners Flout Legionnaires' Law, City Council Looks to Crack Down

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Almost half of the city's cooling towers are out of compliance with the law.

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