Xana O'Neill

Xana O’Neill was Executive Editor for WNYC News.

Prior to arriving at WNYC, Xana worked at NBC as senior editor and special projects manager helping coordinate national news, culture and entertainment coverage for affiliate news sites across the country.

Before that, Xana was a reporter at The New York Daily News, where she developed an affinity for crime reporting. She counts Wayne Barrett as a mentor after working for him at the Village Voice, where she did investigative reporting during the 2004 mayoral campaign.

She’s a graduate of NYU, and began her career as a sports reporter at the Hunterdon County Democrat in New Jersey.

Xana O'Neill appears in the following:

In Possible Intervention in Syria, Bosnian New Yorkers See Their Experience

Thursday, August 29, 2013

For some Bosnian New Yorkers, the events in Syria have brought back memories of a time when they waited for the U.S. to intervene in their country.

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Fear of Snitch Label, Witnesses Remain Silent in Teen's Unsolved Murder

Thursday, June 27, 2013


It’s been a year today since 14-year-old Akeal Christopher was shot dead after leaving a friend’s party in Bushwick, Brooklyn — but still no arrests have been made in the case.

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Crew Members Share Why They're Drawn to Street Gangs

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Deandre Kelly grew up with Xavier Granville in the Beach 41st Street Houses in Far Rockaway - a cluster of public housing apartments along a desolate stretch of Queens near the shoreline. They began hanging out in elementary school, bonding over X-Box video games and basketball.

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In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of D'aja Robinson

Monday, June 03, 2013

Fourteen-year-old D'aja Robinson, a giggly honor student known as “Asia,” is the first girl killed by gunfire this year — she was shot two weeks ago doing one of the most ordinary things in South Jamaica: taking a city bus.

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In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Alphonza Bryant III

Friday, May 03, 2013


Alphonza Bryant III, 17, had a lot to look forward to. There was his upcoming prom (he already had a white tuxedo picked out) and next month, he was graduating high school. In a class photo, he appears to be anticipating the occasion, wearing a cerulean blue cap and gown.

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Ex-NBA Teammate: What Jason Collins Can Expect On and Off the Court

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Many players have publicly voiced their support for Jason Collins - LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, to name a few. But will the goodwill continue? And what can Collins expect on and off ...


After Death of LES Teen, Family of 17-Year-Old Suspect Speaks Out

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

“Two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time who both lost their lives. I mean one fatally, and one to the system.”

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In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Raphael Ward

Friday, January 18, 2013

"I never worried about my son - I lived here all my life and never thought something like this would happen to my son," said Arlene Delgado. Her 16-year-old son, Rafael Sadonte Ward,...

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In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Jorge Rosario

Friday, December 07, 2012

Maria Castro, 39, who nicknamed her son Jay Jay, lovingly remembered that — without fail — he would lose a sock a night. It’s why, she said, she buried her first born in a special den...

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Dispatch | Delivering Aid to Those Hardest Hit

Sunday, November 04, 2012

On the fourth floor of 2727 Surf Avenue, a dapper man in his 70s tried to retain a sense of normalcy. He answered the door wearing a matching vest and tie, his gray hair smoothed neatly back. The living room was a reflection of its occupant: neat and tidy.


Map: Explore Obama's New York

Thursday, July 19, 2012

From his days as a student at Columbia University to date nights with Michelle to fundraising at some of the city's most elite addresses, Barack Obama knows a thing or two about the B...

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