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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Police Are Investigating Brooklyn's Second Mass Shooting in Three Months

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Four people were killed and three others injured Saturday morning at a spot called "Triple A Aces" in Crown Heights, which police say hosted illegal gambling activities.


What's It Like to Be an NYPD Intern? 'I Felt Like a Boss'

Thursday, September 26, 2019

At community meetings in precincts with troubling crime rates, police leaders heard a consistent message: Young people need jobs. So, over the summer, the NYPD provided some.

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The NYPD Has Never Had a Community Center. Its First One Is Coming to East New York.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

The center will be geared toward teenagers in a neighborhood where many young people report negative interactions with police. The NYPD hopes the center will help bridge the divide.

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After 2 Days of Extreme Heat, NYC's Electric Grid Buckles

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Temps reached 99 degrees at JFK Airport on Saturday and Sunday, and heat index values were near 110 degrees. By Sunday evening, Con Ed was dealing with power outages.

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Five Years Since Garner's Death, Has the NYPD Changed?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

No police officers have been charged in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But NYPD leadership says many of its strategies for policing has evolved. 

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5 Years After Eric Garner's Death, Activists Continue Fight For 'Another Day To Live'

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"There's not one day that goes by I don't think about Eric Garner," said activist Nupol Kiazolu. "All we're doing is fighting for equity and another day to live."


Five Years After Eric Garner, Activists Still Fight for ‘Another Day to Live’

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The struggle to reform police practices drags on for generations of activists outraged by how officers treat African Americans.


A Graduation for Dads Working to Reconnect with their Kids

Thursday, June 27, 2019

It's a monumental occasion for some of them, says the director of the program, "because some of them have never graduated from anything."


As the Number of Refugees Grows, the US Takes in Far Fewer

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New numbers show sharp declines in refugee admissions in New York and New Jersey: 52 percent and 32 percent, respectively.


Changes Proposed for a System that Stigmatizes Parents Accused of Child Neglect

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Legislation in Albany would make changes to the state's registry of child neglect cases — one that's easy to get on, hard to get off and entraps mostly poor families of color.

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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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