Arun Venugopal

Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the host of Micropolis, WNYC's ongoing examination of race, sexuality and identity. The series has explored such issues as the global skin-lightening market, the problems with ethnic sitcoms and the meaning of turbans.

Arun is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The GuardianThe Wall Street Journal and Salon. His commentary on Indian-American issues has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post and the Associated Press. He also frequently serves as an emcee and moderator of panel discussions on race, religion and identity issues.

Previously, Venugopal wrote for India Abroad, and served as an editor at the multi-faith website Beliefnet. He lives with his family in Queens.


Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Imam Behind Islamic Cultural Center Speaks Out, but Offers Few Answers

Monday, September 13, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf did admit that if he had known the planned development would result in such a furor, he wouldn't have chosen to build at that site and might have had different stakeholders in this project.

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Landmarks Decision Clears the Way for Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The commission voted Tuesday to deny landmark status to a building two blocks from Ground Zero, which can now be demolished.

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NYC Plans Film Jobs Program for Minorities

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The city is trying to make the local film industry a bit more racially diverse.

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Advocates Push for Immigration Reform

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Immigration reform has been on the back burner in Congress but a group of New Yorkers wants to end that with a road trip.


NYC Selects New Voting Machines

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The city's Board of Elections appears to be moving into the 21st Century.


Crime Drops to Record Lows in NYC

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

With just a few days to go, 2009 is on pace to be New York City's safest - at least since 1962 when the city started keeping reliable records.


NYPD Asks for More Money During Terror Trial

Monday, December 28, 2009

The New York Police Department has told the federal government that it will need more money to protect the city during the trial of alleged terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.


Trial Begins for NY Concrete-Testing Company

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

It's the first day of a trial of a concrete testing company, accused of faking results for some of the city's biggest construction projects.


Illegal Gun Sting Nets 2 in Brooklyn

Monday, November 23, 2009

Prosecutors in Brooklyn arrested two men on charges of selling illegal guns on Monday. 


Drug Agents Bust 53 near Yankee Stadium

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A Bronx drug bust early this morning called Operation Rotten Apple involved 450 federal and local agents, and resulted in charges against 53 men and women.


Mayoral Candidates Scour City for Votes

Monday, November 02, 2009

In the final hours of campaigning, mayoral candidates Comptroller Bill Thompson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are making a last campaign dash across the city.