Shumita Basu

Reporter & Host, WNYC News

Shumita Basu is a reporter, host and producer in the newsroom. You can follow her on Twitter @shubasu.

You'll hear her on Morning Edition, where she responds to the news of the day with a New York/New Jersey angle. Whether she's catching you up on a local story, debunking a partly-true post that's in your news feed, or asking you to call in with your thoughts, her goal is to get you thinking about the role news plays in your day.

Previously Shumita was the social media and digital producer at The Brian Lehrer Show, which involved interacting with the show's highly-engaged, thoughtful audience across all digital platforms on a daily basis. It was, in few words, the best.

Read Shumita's latest reporting on Gothamist.


Shumita Basu appears in the following:

A Guide to Day Trips Outside NYC

Monday, July 22, 2019

"Time Out New York" deputy features editor Will Gleason on the best day trips to take to escape the New York heat. 

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'We the Commuters'

Monday, July 22, 2019

Shumita Basu updates us on her New York City transit coverage as part of the WNYC and Gothamist newsletter "We the Commuters."

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How to Get a Bike Lane Built

Friday, July 19, 2019

Community Boards are a huge part of that process.

Brush Up on Bike Lingo

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Are you familiar with these cycling terms?

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How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Come Since Stonewall?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low of WNYC's podcast "Nancy" weigh in on what their listeners are worried about.


E-Bikes and Electric Scooters Could Soon Be Legal in NY

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Plus, WNYC's transportation reporters ask for your ideas on how they should be covering cycling for We the Commuters. 

National Anti-Vax Group Rakes in Donations from NYC Hedge Fund Manager

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bernard and Lisa Selz of the Selz Foundation have donated more than $3 million dollars to anti-vaccination groups over the past several years.


Week Ahead: June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

In this week's look ahead: Albany's legislative session comes to a close, New York City's Charter could get some big changes, and we mark World Refugee Day. 


One Small Step to Keep Public Housing Cool

Monday, June 17, 2019

The New York City Housing Authority is launching a pilot program to install air cooling equipment in two senior housing buildings ... for free.

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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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'We the Commuters'

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Shumita Basu updates us on her project "We the Commuters." 

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Uber and Lyft Hit Pause on New Drivers, To Existing Drivers' Delight

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The app-based ride-hailing companies said their decision is due to new TLC wage regulations that require them to pay drivers a minimum of $17.22 per hour.

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Weekend One: L Train Slow Down

Monday, April 29, 2019

The first weekend of the L-train slow down, and calls from riders.

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.


Change Every Day: Invest in Your Neighborhood

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Learn from leaders leveraging the power of the collective to approach community building. Hosted by WNYC's Shumita Basu.


Change Every Day: Apps That Save Lives

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Learn how individuals are leveraging tech on the ground to make a collective impact for good. Hosted by WNYC's Shumita Basu.


Change Every Day: Eat Your Values

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Learn the everyday changes you can make to help create a truly just food system for all. Hosted by WNYC's Shumita Basu.


Roger Stone's Long, Tangled History in New York and New Jersey

Friday, January 25, 2019

Stone's local connections go back from before he became close with Donald Trump.

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Your Favorite-Least Favorite Parts of Your Commute

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tell us two things: What's your favorite part of your commute, and what's your least favorite?

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Brooklyn Businesses Say Customers are Local, But Staff Might Be Ensnarled in Future L Train Disruptions

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Some Brooklyn business owners along the L train route are still wrapping their minds around Governor Cuomo's last-minute proposal to NOT shut down the train tunnel entirely.

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