Ari Ephraim Feldman joined Spectrum News NY1’s digital news team in January 2021 as a reporter covering Manhattan, child welfare and environmental issues. 

Before NY1, Ari was a staff reporter at the Forward, the nonprofit news outlet covering the Jewish world, for three-and-a-half years. His work earned a Deadline Club award, the Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award from the New York Press Club and a Rockower award for enterprise reporting from the American Jewish Press Association.

Before getting his first job in journalism, Ari was a summer camp counselor in Wisconsin for children with learning, social and communication difficulties.

Though a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan, Ari has family roots in Queens —which translates to no "Fargo"-like accent, don’t ya know. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree in the history of science at the University of Chicago, where he also wrote for the beloved South Side Weekly.

When not reporting, Ari can most often be found cooking too much food, rearranging the fridge to find space for the leftovers, playing tennis and taking his dog, Fitz, for a walk in Washington Square Park. 

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