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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Bill Expanding New York City's Speed Camera Program Signed Into Law

Sunday, May 12, 2019

After the bill stalled in Albany last year, the legislation now reinstates, and greatly expands, a program that supporters say has reduced traffic fatalities by 55 percent.

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Child Welfare Family Separations

Monday, April 22, 2019

Discussions on child welfare family separations and black and brown communities in New York City.

Family Separations in Our Midst

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

NYC child welfare workers can remove children from their parents in emergencies. But they've wielded this power with growing frequency, and in cases that don’t seem like emergencies.


Advocates Push for Repeal of Law that Keeps Police Misconduct Secret

Thursday, March 21, 2019

There's broad support for more police transparency. The debate over the law known as 50-a, which hides nearly all misconduct from public view, may become whether to repeal or amend it.


After Detective's Death, 'A Lot of Hurt Going on in the 102'

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NYPD officials provided more details of how an armed robbery unfolded in Queens. The incident left a veteran detective dead from a shot fired by a fellow officer. 


In New Push to Reduce Crime in Six Precincts, NYPD Starts With Brownsville

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The six precincts have violent crime rates at least twice as high as the city's. To drive down the numbers, the NYPD is going into the neighborhoods for input.

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Subway Killing Raises Concerns About How to Handle Gangs and Immigration Enforcement

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A group calls 'Latinos for ICE' formed after the killing, and called into question the sanctuary city policy that limits New York's cooperation with ICE.

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A Visit to a NYC Firing Range to Hear From Gun Owners

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

They're pleased that the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging the city's handgun law this fall.

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NYPD Agrees to Reforms on Disciplinary Practices, Including Pushing for Transparency

Friday, February 01, 2019

An independent panel charged with reviewing the NYPD's disciplinary procedures said the department needs to be far more transparent with how it disciplines officers.


NYPD to Focus on Six Precincts Where Violent Crime Outpaces the City

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it was a "moral obligation" to drive down violent crime in those neighborhoods, and the effort will start with a series of community meetings.

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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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