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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Movies
4:08 am
Fri July 31, 2015

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

Jason Segel plays writer David Foster Wallace in the new film The End of the Tour.
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Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:20 pm

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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Law
4:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:11 pm

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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Around the Nation
3:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:18 pm

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Book News & Features
4:59 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 7:22 pm

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

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Around the Nation
3:35 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

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

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

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U.S.
4:52 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Funerals And The Future Of The Confederate Flag

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 4:57 pm

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Politics
4:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

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

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:33 pm

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Politics
3:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Donald Trump Jumps Into GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 1:05 pm

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Technology
3:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

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

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 11:12 am

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Music News
4:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

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

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 5:57 pm

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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Sports
7:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

American Pharoah Makes A Run At History

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

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 11:44 am

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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U.S.
5:25 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:50 pm

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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The Salt
5:13 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

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

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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Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 10:49 am

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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Business
5:13 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

New York City Launches 'Day Of Action' To Educate Nail Salon Workers

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:07 pm

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Around the Nation
5:23 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Amtrak Engineer Said Train May Have Been Struck Before Derailment

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 5:58 pm

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