WNYC’s midterm election coverage included analysis of the issues and tight races, candidate profiles, and an election guide created by the WNYC Data News team to inform voters of the choices, as well as an experimental community initiative, #JustVoteAlready, that succeeded in increasing participation in a district with historically low voter turnout (NYC Election District 80004 in the Bronx). The coverage culminated with a four-hour special hosted by Brian Lehrer on election night.
In October 2014, WNYC teamed up with NBC 4 New York to examine what climate change will mean for New York City. The week-long “NYC 2050” series made predictions, based on consensus research from the New York City Panel on Climate Change and similarly reputable scientific studies, and explored their ramifications for city life and infrastructure. In June, WNYC ran a five-part series in partnership with website City Limits called “The Cost of Our Water.” The series examined where our water comes from, why water rates in New York City have nearly tripled in the past 15 years and the consequences for residents.
It’s no secret that being 12 years old can be tough. It’s a transformative time in a child’s life – physiologically, psychologically, academically and socially. “Being 12,” a week-long WNYC/SchoolBook series, used audio and video stories along with photo essays to bring to life the array of faces, voices and perspectives of these young New Yorkers. The project reached large audiences beyond our platforms, on Tumblr and YouTube.
“NYPD Bruised,” a series of in-depth reports, revealed that it is not uncommon for low-level arrests to spiral dangerously out of control, and that a relatively small number of officers routinely use unnecessary force. While the NYPD devotes tremendous resources to spotting crime trends, it neglects to turn an eye inward, which allows these officers to continue this behavior without reprimand or removal from the streets. The series also found that African-Americans charged with low-level crimes are far more likely to face a charge of resisting arrest than whites are. The series won a Sigma Delta Chi Award (Public Service in Radio Journalism), Regional Edward R. Murrow Award (Radio, Continuing Coverage), New York State Associated Press Award (General Excellence of Individual Reporting), and Deadline Club Award (Radio or Audio Reporting). In Fiscal Year 2016, the series was also recognized with an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
The newsroom series “Micropolis” by Arun Venugopal, which explores race and culture in New York City, took a week-long look at faith in December 2014. The series aired during Morning Edition and included stories on how street evangelists proselytize in New York, the Hare Krishna comeback, big Orthodox Jewish families and being Muslim in America. In the spring, Venugopal hosted a five-session “Micropolis” series in The Greene Space, on topics as varied as food culture (eating with your hands) and the role of race in standup comedy.
HEALTH REPORTING INITIATIVE
In February and March 2015, WNYC’s Health unit produced “Living Cancer,” a two-week, 10-part series airing nationally in collaboration with NPR. The series took a look inside the shifting science of cancer treatment and aired in conjunction with the WETA/PBS documentary Ken Burns Presents: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. As part of this comprehensive look at cancer, On the Media presented two hour-long specials focusing on how the media covers cancer and how this shapes cancer research, funding and perception. Listen to “The Cancer Show,” Part One and Part Two.
In February 2015, WNYC aired a series called “Breaking Point: New York’s Mental Health Crisis.” The week-long series examined the ways in which poverty and trauma exacerbate mental health problems and how public systems often struggle to respond to people in distress. “Breaking Point” explored how poverty, neglect and abuse impact the developing brains of children; how our schools are and aren’t equipped to deal with serious emotional problems among vulnerable children; and what happens when the mentally ill end up in prisons instead of hospitals. In March, a community event at the Schomburg Center in Harlem attended by 300 people, including an interview with First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, kept the conversation going.
In September 2014, WNYC’s Fred Mogul reported in a series called “Death Beds,” a deep dive into end-of-life healthcare. Stories included an exploration of why hospice care is rarely used in the state as well as a deeper look at the high cost of end-of-life care in New York. Data News visualizations highlighted how hospice care is lagging in New York and depicted the high rates of hospitalization at the end of life in New York and New Jersey. Listen here.
In January 2015, WNYC’s Mary Harris conducted an exclusive broadcast interview granted by Dr. Craig Spencer, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital physician who was New York City’s only Ebola victim. Her incisive reporting for WNYC News and On the Media stood as a contrast to the international media firestorm over the Ebola outbreak.
We are grateful to all of our health funders, including: the Charina Endowment Fund, The Hearst Foundations, Jane and Gerald Katcher and the Katcher Family Foundation, The Iris and Junming Le Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Susan and Peter Solomon Family Foundation, and The Winston Foundation.
WNYC NATIONAL & LOCAL PROGRAMMING
On WNYC and WNYC.org
The Brian Lehrer Show
Danny Stiles’ Music Museum
Death, Sex & Money
Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
The Jonathan Channel
The Leonard Lopate Show
The Longest Shortest Time
New Jersey Public Radio
Note to Self (formerly New Tech City)
On the Media
The Saturday Show Jonathan Schwartz
Spinning on Air
The Sunday Show Jonathan Schwartz
WNYC Data News
93.9 WNYC-FM New York
820 WNYC-AM New York
88.1 WNJT-FM Trenton
88.5 WNJP-FM Sussex
89.3 WNJY-FM Netcong
90.3 WNJO-FM Toms River/Seaside Park