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NBC 4 NEW YORK’S NEW “QUESTION AUTHORITY” PODCAST OFFERS A DEEPER LOOK INTO CAUSES, SOLUTIONS TO THE NYC HOUSING CRISIS

Hosted by the I-Team’s Chris Glorioso, the unique podcast features exclusive interviews with city officials and NYCHA residents

NEW YORK, NY – October 17, 2019 – Offering an exclusive look inside the nation’s largest housing authority, NBC 4 New York/WNBC announced the launch of Question Authority, the first major podcast series to focus on the challenges surrounding the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Hosted by the NBC 4 New York I-Team’s Chris Glorioso, the six-episode podcast takes listeners on a deep dive into the troubled agency as told through the words of NYCHA residents.

To access and download the new podcast series, click here.

“WNBC’s new Question Authority podcast introduces our digital audience to the courageous tenants educating and advocating for themselves – while fighting NYCHA for their most basic human rights,” said Benjamin Berkowitz, NBC 4 New York’s Vice President of Digital. “Subscribers can download the series and access it at their own pace. We look forward to taking them on an eye-opening journey into the apartments, hallways and lobbies of New York City’s housing complexes – all told by the men, women and children who live there.”

Episodes included in the Question Authority podcast include:

Episode 1: A Big Scandal
A mom’s long and painful fight to get justice for her child suffering from lead poisoning. Tiesha Jones is granted a $57M payout, but children in NYCHA buildings are still showing heightened lead levels.

Episode 2: Inside the Walls
One woman’s walls are crumbling with mold, while upstairs a mom’s savings is depleted due to her son’s persistent asthma. NYCHA is hit with a class action lawsuit but is still behind on repairs.

Episode 3: The Fight Isn’t Over
Working parents and the elderly are without gas for more than three months, and it hits their pockets hard. Residents are fighting for compensation, but NYCHA doesn’t know if it can afford it.

Episode 4: It’s the Little Things
Bed bugs, roaches, broken doors and leaks. Families in NYCHA buildings are fighting for basic rights as tenants, while NYCHA admits its ticket system isn’t working.

Episode 5: RAD

The city is trying a new public/private partnership model for improving NYCHA housing: RAD. New York’s first RAD development is seeing results. But at what cost? Are current residents at risk of eviction?

Episode 6: The Interview
We delve into the history of NYCHA and find out why all the authority’s housing stock seems to be crumbling at the same time. New chair Gregory Russ answers the hard questions and offers his vision for the future.

In addition to their popular website, mobile app and out-of-home platforms, NBC 4 New York’s innovative digital platforms include:

  • Listen Up: Delivers a quick, two-minute overview of the local news, weather and traffic information our viewers demand, Listen Up also includes a special New York Live segment filled with the latest entertainment, pop culture and lifestyle news. Fast-paced and highly-visual, Listen Up includes bright and active graphics, utilizes Instagram polls, comments and slider features to generate daily viewer interaction. The digital newscast is hosted by Kay Angrum, and you can access today’s edition of Listen Up by clicking here.
  • News 4 Now: A concise two-minute news brief featuring the five top stories of the day and offered weeknights starting at 7 pm, News 4 Now is specifically targeted to viewers who prefer to secure their news on their own schedule and using a preferred digital or out-of-home platform. Hosted by NBC 4 New York news anchor Stefan Holt, News 4 Now can be accessed on Roku, YouTube or Apple TV. Click here to view.
  • Beck’s Best Kids: Heart-warming and inspiring, Beck’s Best Kids shines a bright spotlight on local children who are beating the odds and making a difference. Hosted by NBC 4 New York Lead Sports Anchor Bruce Beck, the segment is returning for a second season and features a 9-year-old diabetes treatment advocate, a TV competition-winning young chef and a team teaching water survival to non-swimmers. Beck’s Best Kids is available on IGTV, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Click here to view.
  • The Debrief: Hosted by veteran NBC 4 New York news anchor David Ushery, The Debrief podcast offers a “behind the scenes” look at the week’s top local news stories – all told by the journalists who report them. Recent episodes include NBC 4 New York I-Team reporter Sarah Wallace on her world exclusive interview with Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos. To access The Debrief, click here.
  • Sports Final: Hosted by NBC 4 New York weekend sports anchor John Chandler, the Sports Final podcast takes viewers behind the scenes of the week’s top sports stories, complete with locker room interviews and expert analysis. To access Sports Final, click here.

For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit NBCNewYork.com.

About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for more than 75 years.

The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.

In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms.

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