WSHU News Reports

Stony Brook University School of Journalism has partnered with WSHU Public Radio Group, an NPR member station, to provide internship opportunities for its students and deliver more local news to Long Island listeners as part of the station’s new Long Island News Bureau.

Here are their latest stories.

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
The plume of toxic chemicals from the former Northrop Grumman plant on Long Island has slowly seeped into the ground over the past 60 years.

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
Investigators found a connection between more than a dozen MS-13 gang members and seven murders, including those of three teenagers from Brentwood in Suffolk County last year.

Jessica Opatich | WSHU Public Radio
Callers asked about the Trump administration’s reversal of transgender protections, Zeldin’s votes on environmental issues, and Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Will James | National Public Radio
School of Journalism alum Will James appeared on NPR's All Things Considered with his report on a Washington church that is suing the federal government.

Jay Shah | WSHU Public Radio
A Long Island man has been indicted for allegedly scamming $5 million from investors who thought they were getting in on the ground floor of a new fuel cell company.

Jessica Opatich | National Public Radio
Opatich, an undergrad who has been working in our affiliate program with WSHU, produced this piece for NPR.

Jessica Opatich | WSHU Public Radio
More than 24 New York State School Districts have publicly expressed their opposition to nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education.

JD Allen
The Asharoken Village Board on Long Island’s North Shore has rejected a proposed federal plan to restore a heavily eroded strip of beach that connects some residents to the mainland.

Jessica Opatich | WSHU Public Radio
The Northeast has seen a decline in melanoma cases and deaths, even as skin cancer rates have risen nationally.

JD Allen | WSHU Public Radio
A report last week says that home affordability across the U.S. has dropped to an eight-year low and in many counties, residents are struggling to pay for their homes as their mortgage outpaces their wages.

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
This Thanksgiving Island Harvest Food Bank will donate 350 turkeys to Long Island veterans as a part of its Project Hope program.

Chris Leelum | WSHU Public Radio
Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini says that while these fliers are protected under the First Amendment, his department will still investigate the incident.

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is $21 million in new funds to help land banks purchase vacant and abandoned properties, sometimes known as "zombie homes."

Jessica Opatich
The senator has introduced a bill in the Senate to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Jakub Lewkowicz
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, or NIFA, says Nassau needs to cut its projected 2017 budget deficit from $100 million to $60 million or it will impose its own cuts.

Ronny Reyes | WSHU Public Radio
Although no patients would be admitted for treatment, the facility would provide an emergency room, along with radiology services and a blood draw station for South Fork residents.

Jakub Lewkowicz | WSHU Public Radio
Haitian-Americans on Long Island are rallying to support family members in Haiti following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew last week.

Jessica Opatich| WSHU Public Radio
Brentwood is fighting back against gang violence.

JD Allen| WSHU Public Radio

Terry Sheridan and Chris Leelum
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini says there are indications that the two murders in Brentwood were committed by gang members.

Journalism students in the advanced broadcast class (JRN 371) produce their 5th news show of the Spring ’17 semester which includes: we look into a free speech controversy at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Roth Regatta brings in a National Award, Veterans are adjusting to life at home through stand-up comedy, a recap of Seawolves Sports and this week’s weather.



Abigail Wolfenberger
Women in science working together to overcome obstacles and find support in their professional lives are the focus of this segment from the Stony Brook News.


Arielle Dollinger | VICE News
Libraries and colleges across the country are trying to educate people into being better, more discerning consumers of news. SoJ Alum Arielle Dollinger explores this movement in her piece for VICE.

Taylor Ha |Stony Brook Statesman
These students didn’t hack computer systems in the traditional sense. Instead, they marshaled their computer science skills toward engineering innovative, useful software.

Anna Correa | Stony Brook Statesman
Since the beginning of the 2016 presidential election, the idea of fake news has grown in popularity, compromising the public’s faith in credible media organizations and establishing trust in unreliable clickbait journalism.

Taylor Ha and Randall Waszynski | The Long Islander
“Sometimes, it’s like a foreign country here,” said Fred Devone, a 45 year resident of Hempstead. 45 percent of Hempstead’s residents age five and older speak a language other than English at home.

Jess Stoneburner | Stony Brook Statesman
The annual “Take a Stand, Walk with Me” march takes place every October for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is organized by the Center for Prevention and Outreach, which aims to raise awareness about domestic violence.