Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.
Since joining WNYC in 2009, Chang has earned national recognition for her investigative reporting. In 2012, she was honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, one of the highest awards in broadcast journalism, for her two-part investigative series on allegations of illegal searches and unlawful marijuana arrests by the New York City Police Department. The reports also earned an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Chang has investigated how Detroit's broken public defender system leaves the poor with lawyers who are often too underpaid and overworked to provide adequate defense. For that story, Chang won the 2010 Daniel Schorr Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award and an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In 2011, the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association named Chang as the winner of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting for radio. She has also appeared as a guest on PBS NewsHour and other television programs for her legal reporting.
Chang received her bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University, her law degree from Stanford Law School, a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a Masters degree in media law from Oxford University where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
She was also a law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before her arrival at WNYC, Chang was a Kroc Fellow for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. and a reporter for KQED public radio in San Francisco. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ailsa Chang appears in the following:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Former Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate is once again in trouble with the law. Federal prosecutors say he took taxpayer money meant for a non-profit to fund his personal senate campaign in 2006.
Monday, October 18, 2010
A federal jury has convicted four Newburgh men of trying to blow up Bronx synagogues and shoot down military planes at Stewart International Airport last May.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The first civilian trial for a Guantanamo Bay detainee was delayed Wednesday after a Manhattan federal judge barred prosecutors from calling one of their most important witnesses.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
The Pakistani immigrant who tried to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square in May and leaving it to explode has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge gave Faisal Shahzad a mandatory life prison term at his sentencing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg had harsh words on primary day for the way the election was being run in New York City.
Friday, August 13, 2010
David Johnson faces misdemeanor charges for assault, menacing, and criminal mischief and one charge for harassment.
Monday, August 09, 2010
The Associated Press is now reporting that a New York City police gun probably killed 23-year-old Luis Soto in a Harlem shootout Sunday morning. Only one of the six bullets that hit Soto was retrieved from his body, and officers say that bullet was consistent with bullets from NYPD guns.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
A federal judge is blocking the city from hiring new firefighters, based on a 2007 hiring test, which he says was unfair to black and Hispanic applicants. The New York City Fire Department says it needs to hire 300 new members before the end of August. But Judge Nicholas Garaufis says the city can only do this if it can prove its hiring needs are so urgent that they justify using a test that Garuafis describes as "invalid."
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A federal judge in Brooklyn will soon decide whether a 2007 entrance exam for firefighters discriminated against blacks and Hispanics.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As New York City wilts under its second brutal heat wave this month, New York City firefighters are on pace to have their busiest year in history. July has been an especially busy month. While the city saw record-breaking temperatures, the fire department has responded to a record number of emergencies in the last couple of weeks. Scorching heat waves present special firefighting challenges.
Friday, July 09, 2010
At Vienna's airport, 10 spies arrested in the U.S. were exchanged for four convicted in Russia.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The U.S. government announces a plan to appeal the decision that releases Russian spy suspect, Vicky Palaez on bail.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
A new indictment says the failed New York City bomb plot was led by Al Qaeda.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Nine of the 11 people arrested for allegedly serving as secret Russian spies will be appearing in federal court again today.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
A federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed out the first federal death sentence given in New York in five decades.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
As more details emerge about the 11 people accused of being secret Russian spies, many are wondering ... are there others out there?
Monday, June 28, 2010
Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday afternoon in Washington for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
More than 30 people have been arrested for stealing millions of dollars through an identity theft scheme that stretched from Staten Island to Fort Hood, Texas.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Governor David Paterson is not ruling out layoffs as a way to get savings from the state's workforce after a federal judge last week blocked the governor's plan to furlough workers one day a week.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered Queens imam Ahmad Afzali to leave the country in 90 days after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.