Yasmeen Khan

Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering crime and policing. 

Yasmeen Khan is an award-winning reporter in the WNYC newsroom focused on crime and policing. For years she covered youth and the New York City school system, producing in-depth stories on a college-bound student with autism; a transgender elementary school student; and a teenage girl determined to join the Boy Scouts. She closely covered the expansion of citywide pre-kindergarten programs, along with controversial school rezonings that illuminated the city’s segregated school system. She dove into municipal archives to tell the stories of a 1964 school boycott protesting segregation and of a 1960s attempt to desegregate a handful of city schools. One of her favorite reporting projects was a multi-platform series from Brownsville, Brooklyn, which included highlighting a group of Brownsville youth who painstakingly recreated their neighborhood in a virtual reality game.  

Yasmeen has also held jobs as a bartender, toll collector and dishwasher. She moved to New York City in 2010, but remains deeply devoted to Carolina basketball.

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Long-Time Activist Against Police Brutality: 'We Got a Chance to Change"

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Bishop Herbert Daughtry has been leading marches against police brutality in New York City for decades. He says he hopes to see change in his lifetime.


Hundreds File Complaints About NYPD Misconduct From Weekend Protests

Monday, June 01, 2020

The Civilian Complaint Review Board said it had received 430 complaints by Monday morning under new guidelines that allow people other than eyewitnesses to file.


Analysis: Large Numbers of Social Distancing Complaints Came From Mostly White Neighborhoods

Thursday, May 21, 2020

An analysis by the Legal Aid Society showed 311 complaints of social distancing violations poured in from neighborhoods that were mostly white. But the NYPD issued few summonses there.


NYPD Will No Longer Issue Summonses for Failure to Wear Face Covering

Friday, May 15, 2020

Officers will now focus social distancing enforcement on large gatherings, not individuals. The change comes after data showed stark racial disparities in arrests and summonses.


A Bronx Health Center 'Hits the Gas Pedal' on Making Sure a Vulnerable Community Survives

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Union Community Health Center in the Bronx is working to make sure its vulnerable patients weather the COVID-19 crisis. It's been a big administrative, and emotional, lift.


Calls Increase For NYPD To Step Aside From Enforcing Social Distancing

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Both NYPD watchdogs and the union representing officers say it's untenable for police to enforce a public health issue.


Major Crime in NYC Fell Nearly 30 Percent in April

Monday, May 04, 2020

With stay-at-home orders in place, there was a big drop in major index crime overall. But some crime categories saw increases, including a dramatic spike in commercial burglaries. 


Job Losses Will Deepen New York City's Economic Divide, Analysis Shows

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Close to two-thirds of workers who have lost their jobs so far are those paid less than $40,000 a year, according to an analysis by the New School's Center for New York City Affairs.


An East New York Woman Makes Sure Seniors Stay Connected and Fed

Monday, April 13, 2020

Tawana Myers has serious health issues herself. But she spends her day checking on vulnerable neighbors and on seniors who socialized at a nearby community center, until it closed.


A Woman Recovers from Coronavirus, and Copes with Death Around Her

Monday, April 06, 2020

Donna Perry lost a dear friend and eight members of her church. "My conversations with God have been pretty candid," she said. "They’ve been like, 'Dude, what are you doing?'"

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Emergency Medical Calls Spike As More EMS Workers Get Sick

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Paramedics and EMTs are coping with an approximate 50 percent increase in emergency medical calls, plus a rise in coronavirus cases among their own ranks.


Calls Intensify to Release City Jail Inmates Due to Spread of Virus

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

New York City is releasing small numbers of inmates from its jails, but it's not enough according to advocates and even some medical staff at Rikers Island. 


City Begins Releasing Inmates as COVID-19 Cases Increase in Jails

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Twenty-three people have been released from the city jails so far; another 200 cases are up for immediate review. Mayor de Blasio says those released will be under supervision.


NYC Set To Release Small Numbers of Inmates from Rikers

Friday, March 20, 2020

Releasing detainees is part of the effort to curb the spread of coronavirus among the city's jail population.


Pregnant Woman Handcuffed by NYPD During Active Labor

Monday, March 16, 2020

A New York City woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against New York City and the NYPD, after officers handcuffed her to a hospital bed during active labor and just after delivery. 


A Woman Fighting Colon Cancer Has Coronavirus Precautions Locked Down

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

She wants to make sure others are thinking about those with weakened immune systems.


Police Blame Crime Spike on Bail Reform. Advocates Say Not So Fast.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

There's been a spike in some crime categories in New York City. The NYPD points to bail reform as a problem; legal advocates say the police department is misleading the public.


Newest Important School Resource? A Laundry Room

Thursday, February 27, 2020

A Washington Heights elementary school gets a washer and dryer, after school aides had been bringing home some students' clothes to wash. 

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Calls for More Regulation of How the NYPD Collects DNA

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

City lawmakers questioned police officials for hours on Tuesday. They worry the NYPD is collecting DNA without proper consent or court orders, especially of juveniles. 


The Unfinished Business of Bloomberg Era Stop and Frisk - Part 2

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Some of the New Yorkers most impacted by the NYPD's use of stop and frisk feel shut out of the process to reform it.