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:

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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Dungeons and Dragons Rolls Into The Classroom

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Some teachers are adding the classic role-playing game to shake things up in the classroom.

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New York City's Minimum Wage Is Now $15/Hour

Monday, December 31, 2018

The change applies to businesses with at least 11 employees in New York City. For those with fewer workers, the minimum will be $13.50/hour, and is scheduled to jump to $15 next year.

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Weekly Music Roundup: VÉRITÉ and The Raconteurs

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Sounds
Week of Dec. 24: Another farewell from Lin-Manuel Miranda (and Barack Obama), a surprise return by the Raconteurs, a new music session from VÉRITÉ, and a big ol’ box of gospel. 
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Who Should Enforce the Rules of the Quiet Car?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If you commute by train, you might be one of those people who really savors the "quiet car." But whose job is it to speak up when someone breaks the silence?

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Protest at the Whitney Museum: 'Sage Is Medicine. Tear Gas Is Poison.'

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Protesters are calling for the Whitney Museum's board vice chair to step down, amid reports that Warren B. Kanders owns a company that manufactures and sells tear gas.

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New York, the Saw-Whet Owls Are Upon Us. Obey Them or Risk Their Wrath.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Nah, these little robin-sized owls are harmless. But New Yorkers are reporting more sightings this season, which means their migration has gone awry.

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New York City Passes New Pay Standards for App-Based Drivers

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The pay standard, which is set to go into effect in January, will increase some drivers' yearly salaries by $9,600.


Newark Artist Leaves Behind a Legacy of Prolific Work

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jerry Gant, who changed the face of Newark, was ubiquitous. "Wherever you happened to be, you'd run into him," said one friend. "And that's kind of what his art is as well."

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Here's What Local Activists Learned From Working on the Midterms

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

WNYC checked in with grassroots organizers in the area to hear how they're pivoting to think ahead to 2020.

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What We Learned From Talking to You About Civic Participation

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Two reporters set out to talk to those who were highly engaged in the political moment, and others who were looking for ways in. Here are some key takeaways.

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Beyond the Vote: A Night of Civic Inspiration and Music

Monday, November 05, 2018

On the eve of Election Day, get inspired to find new ways to volunteer and step up in our communities. Hosted by WNYC reporters Shumita Basu and Yasmeen Khan.

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