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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Where Noel and Anna's Hot Girl Summer Went Wrong

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

I talk with my friend and colleague Noel King about getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations in my personal life, and why she thinks my brain is a "little bit different."


Finding Blessings and Throwing Vases

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Donna Perry experienced tremendous loss this past year. But as she told producer Yasmeen Khan, the year has also brought "blessings," and reinforced reaching out to people. 


NYPD Fires Officer Accused of Posting Bigoted Comments Online

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Deputy Inspector James Kobel led the office that handled claims of workplace harassment and discrimination. The NYPD said it will hire an outside consultant to review those cases.


City Residents Will Have a Voice in Selecting Local Police Precinct Commanders

Friday, January 29, 2021

Members of local precinct councils will be able to interview candidates and make a recommendation to the police commissioner. But the commissioner has final say. 


Former Police Watchdog Agency Employees Say They Were Fired for Flagging Internal Problems

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A new lawsuit, filed in federal court, accuses leadership at the Civilian Complaint Review Board of retaliation.


The NYPD Could Have Two Federal Monitors

Friday, January 15, 2021

Attorney General Tish James is seeking a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes to how the NYPD handles protests.


Riot at the Capitol Shows Double Standard In Policing, Including In New York

Friday, January 08, 2021

Former NYPD Detective and New York Law School Professor Kirk Burkhalter discusses how the NYPD approaches protests, and what it means when cops take political stances themselves. 


Future of Policing: President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice Offers Her Vision

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

After a summer of protests against police brutality, police leaders, activists and others met to discuss public safety. Here's what the head of John Jay took away. 

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The NYPD Substantiated Its First Complaint Of Biased Policing — But Not Against An Actual Officer

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The NYPD has been working with the federal monitor to improve its investigations.


Study Finds NYPD Body-Cameras Lead to More Reporting of Stops, But Not More Lawful Ones

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The study was led by the federal monitor overseeing the NYPD’s court-appointed stop and frisk reforms.


Family of Antonio Williams, Killed By Police, Files Wrongful Death Claim

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

In an incident in the Bronx last year, police officers fired 15 rounds killing both Williams and a fellow officer, Brian Mulkeen. 


NYC Will End Practice Of Drug Testing Pregnant Patients Without Written Consent

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The policy change comes as the city investigates three private hospitals to determine if there is evidence of racial bias in who is tested and reported to child welfare authorities.


City's Public Hospital System Revises Policy for Testing Pregnant Women for Substances

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The new policy comes in response to reports of racial bias in who gets tested and who gets reported to child welfare authorities.


NYPD Settles Lawsuit Over Discrimination Of Transgender Woman

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

As part of the settlement, the police department will redistribute guidance to all officers and retrain officers in the 44th precinct, where the alleged discrimination took place. 


A Grieving Uncle Is 'Mad As Hell' About The City's Failure to Protect Black Youth From Gun Violence

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

NeQuan McLean, a father and education advocate in Bedford-Stuyvesant, had already lost two family members to gun violence before his nephew was shot and killed in October. 

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Too Many Special Education Students Not Getting Mandated Services, Advocates Say

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

When New York City schools closed in March, the problem only grew worse for many students with disabilities. 


Federal Prosecutors Say They’ll Investigate NYC Shootings with More Aggressive Approach

Thursday, October 15, 2020

They are teaming up with the NYPD and other law enforcement entities to do it.


City Memo: Protests Are Subject to Same Rules As Other Non-Essential Gatherings

Friday, October 09, 2020

A memo issued to police officers aims to clarify enforcement of public health restrictions at religious gatherings and protests in areas with high infection rates. 


City Beefs Up Capacity to Enforce New COVID-19 Restrictions In Targeted Neighborhoods

Thursday, October 08, 2020

The city must enforce the state's new rules, which apply to areas with surging infection rates. But what if communities resist?


It's Not Just Boys Who Are Eagle Scouts Anymore

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Sydney Ireland is in the first cohort of girls to achieve the Eagle rank with the Boy Scouts of America. 

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