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.



Fri July 31, 2015

'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 1:20 pm

Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
A24 Films

The late David Foster Wallace still casts a long shadow over the literary world almost seven years after his suicide at age 46. Wallace is the subject of a new movie, The End of the Tour, which opens Thursday in New York and Los Angeles. The film depicts Wallace at a big moment in his career: It's 1996, he's just turned 34, and he's on a publicity tour for his breakthrough novel, Infinite Jest.

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Tue July 28, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Much-Needed Overhaul

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:41 am

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Fri July 24, 2015

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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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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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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Sun June 28, 2015

Funerals And The Future Of The Confederate Flag

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

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Fri June 26, 2015

Flag Controversy Puts S.C. Lawmakers At Odds With Many Constituents

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:33 pm

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Thu June 18, 2015

FCC Fines AT&T For False Data Plan Promises

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 8:05 am

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Tue June 16, 2015

Donald Trump Jumps Into GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:05 pm

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Fri June 12, 2015

In Win For The FCC, Federal Judge Refuses To Block Net Neutrality Rules

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 12:12 pm

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