Joel Rose

Joel Rose is a National Desk reporter based at NPR's New York Bureau.

Since joining NPR in 2011, Rose has covered the political, economic, and cultural life of the nation's biggest city. He's reported on the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fall of the compact disc, and the fast-changing fortunes of New York's elected officials. He's also contributed to NPR's coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, and the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal in Pennsylvania.

When pressing news doesn't keep him busy, Rose likes to report on the collision of the Internet and the entertainment industries, and to profile obscure musicians who should be more famous.

Rose has held a long list of jobs in public radio. Before coming to NPR, he spent ten years in Philadelphia, six of them as a reporter at NPR Member Station WHYY. He's also worked as a producer at KQED in San Francisco and American Routes in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, GOOD Magazine, and the Philadelphia Independent.

His radio reporting has won numerous awards, including a Golden Reel from the National Association of Community Broadcasters for his story about the unlikely comeback of soul singer Howard Tate.

Rose has a bachelor's degree in history and music from Brown University, where he got his start in radio as an overnight jazz DJ at the college station.

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5:26pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Law

Flouting The Law, Some New Yorkers Won't Register Guns

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:11 pm

New York state's 2013 gun law includes a ban on the sale of so-called military-style assault weapons like this AR-15 rifle.
Charles Krupa AP

New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter.

New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.

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4:31pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Around the Nation

New York City Reaches $5.9 Million Settlement With Eric Garner Family

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 7:18 pm

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5:59pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Book News & Features

How Harper Lee Went From Wannabe Writer To The Jane Austen Of Alabama

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:22 pm

Harper Lee's friend Michael Brown took this picture of the author in October 1957, the same month she signed with publisher J.B. Lippincott.
Michael Brown Courtesy of Columbia University

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is one of the most anticipated books of the year.

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4:35pm

Tue July 7, 2015
Around the Nation

No One Can Drive New Jerseyans Away From Full-Service Gas

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 6:32 pm

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5:52pm

Sun June 28, 2015
U.S.

Funerals And The Future Of The Confederate Flag

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 5:57 pm

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5:14pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Music News

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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8:37am

Sat June 6, 2015
Sports

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 12:44 pm

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah plays with hot walker Juan Ramirez during a bath Friday at Belmont Park.
Julie Jacobson AP

The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult tests in sports: Three horse races over the course of just five weeks, culminating with the Belmont Stakes Saturday in Elmont, N.Y.

American Pharoah is favored to win, which would make him the first horse to capture the Triple Crown in 37 years. But his rivals have a key advantage: They've had extra time to rest, and that's led to some grumbling inside the sport.

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6:25pm

Thu June 4, 2015
U.S.

NYPD's Union Rift Confronted By A Wider Shift In Leadership Style

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

NYPD veteran Brian Fusco speaks to press outside the 72nd Precinct in the Brooklyn borough on Jan. 20. Fusco is running for president of the state's Patrolman's Benevolent Association in the upcoming election, against incumbent Patrick Lynch, who has been an outspoken critic of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Police departments across the country are facing tough questions after a series of high-profile confrontations with civilians in Ferguson, South Carolina and Baltimore.

Now similar tensions are playing out inside some of the biggest police unions. In New York, one high-profile union president faces an electoral challenge for the first time in a decade.

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6:13pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Salt

In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 11:49 am

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." This sandwich is one of many ways to eat the processed meat, a largely unsung specialty of New Jersey.
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Try to order "pork roll" in most of the country and you'll probably get a blank stare. But in New Jersey, pork roll is a staple at diners, restaurants and food trucks from Cape May to the Meadowlands. And this unsung meat product is now the star of not one, but two competing festivals on Saturday in Trenton.

To the untrained eye, pork roll looks like Canadian bacon. But New Jersey residents know better.

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6:23pm

Fri May 15, 2015
Around the Nation

Amtrak Engineer Said Train May Have Been Struck Before Derailment

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:58 pm

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5:46pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Architecture

Whitney Museum's New Building Opens Doors (And Walls) To Outside World

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 5:18 pm

The new building's window-lined hallways are in stark contrast to the brutalist design of the Whitney's former home.
Nic Lehoux Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art has never stayed in one place for long. It has had four different homes in its 84-year history — the latest a $422 million glass-and-steel construction that recently opened in Manhattan's Meatpacking District — and each of those homes speaks to a particular moment in the evolution of American art and museum culture.

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4:50pm

Tue May 5, 2015
It's All Politics

New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's been a tough week for New Jersey Gov. and possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.

One of his former allies pleaded guilty and two others were indicted for allegedly creating a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Now, New Jersey's highest court is set to hear arguments over one of Christie's signature accomplishments: his pension reform deal.

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5:59pm

Mon May 4, 2015
U.S.

With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:12 am

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing.
Richard Drew AP

Police departments across the country are under pressure to rethink their most aggressive tactics — and it's not just flashpoints like Ferguson and Baltimore. The New York Police Department is on the defensive about its long-standing approach known as "broken windows" policing.

Simply put, broken windows is the idea that police should aggressively crack down on low-level offenses to stop bigger crimes from happening. It's been copied all over the country, but now critics in New York say broken windows needs fixing.

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4:21pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Around the Nation

New York Mayor Announces Plan To Reduce Rikers Island Jail Population

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:45 pm

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6:24pm

Mon April 6, 2015
U.S.

Burden Of Proof Hurt State In N.J.-Exxon Settlement, Some Say

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:07 am

State officials released the details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil on Monday, giving us a closer look at one of the largest environmental settlements in the state's history.

Environmentalists complain the company is getting off easy after polluting wetlands for many decades. The settlement focuses on two of Exxon's former refineries, Bayonne and Linden, in northern New Jersey.

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