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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Father of Boy Killed By NYPD Remembered As Someone Who Sparked Decades of Activism

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Nicholas Heyward, Sr. launched a fight for justice after his boy was shot. Heyward's activism is credited with helping to lay the foundation for the Black Lives Matter movement.


Crime Is Down in NYC, But Rape Is a Glaring Exception

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Crime continued to trend downward in NYC in 2018, including a historic low in the city murder rate. But rape reports climbed again, and domestic violence murders also saw an uptick. 


Applying to College is Full of Hurdles, Especially When It's a Family's First Time

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

"Let's be real: some young men don't even expect to live past a certain age, let alone go to college, so the fact that they get to this spot...it's overwhelming." 


Child Safety Ad Campaign Sparks Concerns

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

There's some worry about a social media campaign encouraging people to report suspected child abuse or neglect because it's a powerful tool — and could be misused. 

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How to Make Cities More Walkable & Safer, Tech & Ancient Texts

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Jeff Speck on "Walkable City Rules." Yasmeen Khan on NYC’s “Vision Zero” public safety campaign. Sam Knight on “Hidden Traces.”


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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The New York City Voter Profile: Pumped, Passive or Just Plain Peeved

Friday, November 02, 2018

WNYC sent two reporters to different neighborhoods around New York City. One went to high voter turnout areas; the other to low turnout areas. Hear what they found.

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Suburbia's Voting Power, Fishs Eddy, NYC Murals

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Lawrence Levy & Nancy Solomon on suburbs & midterms. Julie Gaines on Fishs Eddy. Yasmeen Khan on murals. 


There's Now Someone in Charge of Getting New Yorkers Civically Engaged

Monday, October 29, 2018

Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune is New York City's first Chief Democracy Officer. We asked her about efforts to increase voter registrations and people's involvement in civic life.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Midterms Preview, Ask a Reporter, Immigration Under Trump and Leading Through Disruption

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Brian talks with New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon, WNYC's Kai Wright and Yasmeen Khan, International Rescue Committee's David Miliband and economist Stephen J. Harper. 

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"Ask A Reporter" About Murals

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How to get a mural in your neighborhood.

The Art of Starting Up a Mural Project

Friday, October 05, 2018

As part of our Ask a Reporter project, we found answer to the question of how to turn a big, blank wall into a mural for the community.


'Ask A Reporter' About Local Politics

Monday, September 24, 2018

WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan talks about her "Ask a Reporter" project and how listeners can participate.

So You Got Elected to County Committee. Now Comes the Messy Part.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Newly elected county committee members are getting schooled on local politics in New York City. One lesson: the old guard may not be so thrilled by the new energy and attention.

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Ask a Reporter: Sometimes Civic Engagement Starts With Your Block

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Meet Blanche Romey, who’s well-versed in speaking up, and sweating the small stuff.


Covering the 2018 Midterms: Your Activism, Energy and Questions

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

There's much at stake in September's New York state primary and November's midterm elections. WNYC is here to bring you stories about grassroots activism and to answer your questions.

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States Sue to Block 3D-Printed Guns

Monday, July 30, 2018

New York and New Jersey joined the lawsuit with six other states and Washington, D.C. They're asking a judge to block a settlement allowing the blueprints to go online Aug. 1.  


Power Restored at NYC Housing Complex Where 46 Buildings Lost Electricity

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Starrett City residents said it's not unusual for one building to lose power for a few minutes during the summer, but not all 46 buildings for several hours.

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Neighborhood Change and Personal Healing Come Together in Brownsville

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Lytheia Smith, a long-time Brownsville resident, says she's thinking differently for herself and her children. "Something that we didn't grow up thinking about: Future. Legacy."

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