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.

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Shumita Basu appears in the following:

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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Concern Over Rise in Anti-Semitism in Wake of Monsey Stabbings

Monday, December 30, 2019

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There have been 13 anti-Semitic incidents in New York over the last three weeks.

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Joe Biden's Comments on Stuttering Takes on a National Conversation

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden talked about mentoring a boy with a speech impediment much like his own, thrusting stuttering into the current national conversation.

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New Film, "Clemency," Looks at Death Row From a Warden's Eyes

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The death row drama shows how those carrying out state-sanctioned killings are often left traumatized and isolated.

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Smartphone Surveillance in the Digital Age

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Across the globe, dozens of companies can now log the precise locations of millions of consumers through their mobile phones.

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Saudi Arabia Escapes Accountability for Jamal Khashoggi's Murder

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Saudi Arabian criminal court has sentenced five people to death for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, but are they hiding something? 

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How Migrant Communities Throughout History Have Grappled With American Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2019

Hanukkah in the U.S. evolved alongside Christmas.

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One Year After The First Step Act

Monday, December 23, 2019

Has the law achieved what it set out to do?

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This is Not the Queer Representation You're Looking For

Monday, December 23, 2019

Many are calling out the most recent Star Wars for teasing LGBTQ representation and then not following through in a meaningful way.

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State Lawmakers Seek to Ban Virginity Exams

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Several New York lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban so-called virginity tests and strip medical licenses from any doctors who claim to perform them.

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How Would You Tweak Your Commute for Your Accessibility Needs

Thursday, November 21, 2019

WNYC's Shumita Basu shares the latest from the "We The Commuters" survey on accessibility, which asks what single change would make the biggest positive difference in your commute.

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'What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael'

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Rob Garver, director of the documentary, “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael,” joins to discuss making the film along with critics Craig Seligman and Stephanie Zacharek.

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Kate Has a Plan

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

WNYC's planning editor Kate Hinds joins us for a new installment of "Kate Has a Plan."

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New Documentary about the National Enquirer

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mark Landsman joins us to discuss his new documentary about the National Enquirer, “Scandalous."

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Ben Lerner's 'The Topeka School'

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ben Lerner joins us to discuss his new novel, The Topeka School. 

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Adam Platt's 'Adventures in Professional Gluttony'

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New York Magazine food critic Adam Platt joins us to discuss his memoir, The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony.

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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.