Lisa Chow

Lisa Chow is the economics reporter at WNYC. She tries to explore in her stories surprising aspects of New York’s many economies—in plain view or hidden, in neighborhoods or sectors.

She has reported on why produce in Chinatown is so cheap, how two entrepreneurs planned to make money buying bad mortgages, and how pawnshops have capitalized on the rising price of gold. Before coming to WNYC, Lisa worked as an assistant editor at NPR’s Morning Edition program, where she booked guests, edited interviews, and reported stories for the business segment. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown University and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Lisa Chow appears in the following:

Judge OK's City's Plan to Expand Dollar Van Service

Friday, August 13, 2010

The city can now move forward with its plan to expand van service in neighborhoods where the MTA made cuts.


Jobs Bill: Teachers Win, Food Stamp Recipients Lose

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Poverty advocates say the newly passed $26 billion jobs bill will hurt New York City's nearly 2 million food stamp recipients.


Grading Restaurants: Seemingly Small Violations Can Add Up Quickly

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If a restaurant fails its health inspection, you might think it had rats, mice or roaches.


City Settles with Countrywide for $630 Million

Friday, May 07, 2010

New York's state and city pension funds have announced a nearly $630 million settlement with Countrywide and its accounting firm KPMG.


Audit: Development Agency Owes City Millions

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An audit by New York City's comptroller says the agency responsible for economic development owes the city more than $125 million.


Cuomo Expands Public Pension Probe

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Will investigate the practice of padding pensions by working overtime in the last three years of service.


Bloomberg Signs On for Four More Years

Thursday, December 31, 2009

His third term won't officially start until Friday, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the oath of office the third, and presumably final, time today.


City's Unemployment Rate Drops

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The city's unemployment rate has fallen to 10 percent, matching the national unemployment rate.


Paterson Warns of Fiscal Disaster

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Gov. David Paterson says New York has just $3 million in cash on hand and he will decide this week what payments to defer so the state can stay solvent.


Bear Stearns Execs to Take Stand in Trial

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two former Bear Stearns executives are expected to testify this week in the first criminal trial related to the subprime mortgage meltdown.