Joan Gralla

General Assignment Reporter, Newsday

United States

I adore breaking news, excel at finding the sources to do so and spotting holes in what's presented -- hopefully improving the outcome.
It’s wonderful working with such a talented group excelling in so many areas, including video and graphics. No newcomers to SEO.
My hope is my public service aims, starting with my Reuters Holocaust restitution series, will appeal to you.
Researching, spotting a new angle -- and then writing as simply as possible to truly explain complex problems, from global warming to COVID-19, are some of my strong suits.
Curiosity always serves me well.
For Reuters, where I worked most of my career, I covered many financial markets; New York, NYC and states from Maine to Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas, reporting on all manner of policies, legislation and budgets.
Breaking news with New York City's budgets was one strength.
Covering 9/11 -- from the attack through the reconstruction -- later led me to report for Newsday about flawed safety gear provided often immigrant asbestos workers.
For Reuters TV, I interviewed a few dozen governors, treasurers, mayors and the like; wrote companion stories; gave live reports.
I've co-moderated Crain's Business Breakfast panels; spoken on journalism panels.
A Loyola Law School public service fellowship was wonderful.
Recently I was on "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace at 7 minutes, 29, 36, 39, 42, for example.
At Reuters, I regularly led competitors covering precious metals, debt, equities and energy -- a highlight was the UN-Iraq oil-for-food talks, a lengthy assignment.
My multi-year Holocaust series began when NYC axed a Swiss bank from a bond sale.
Two days later that was a front page New York Times story; that wasn't the first; I've had to match them too.
Local, national, such as the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and global media often ran my stories outlining talks between advocates, governments, museums, rail roads, banks and insurers.
I also put Reuters first with the U.S. EPA's demand NYC cleanse its water with a new plant the city said cost too much.
That was a bit of a merry-go-round.
A recent Newsday story about stiffer rules for wastewater plants benefited from my in-depth experience reporting on this problem.
So did a story on the curtailed lives of the oysters planted in New York Harbor's restoration programs.
Previous stints: Securities Week, Physicians Financial News, the Research Institute of America, The Wall Street Transcript.
Thank you for considering me, Joan

Deutsche Bank starved slave laborers-U.S. report.

U.S. military held Deutsche Bank responsible for murdering by starvation slave labourers, according to an excerpt of a repot obtained by Reuters U.S. bank. Deutsche Bank was as responsible as what was then its industrial affiliate, Mannesmann Roehrenwerke, Germany's foremost producer of steel tubes, for abusing workers, according to an excerpt of the report obtained by Reuters. Citing field reports from Mannesmann's own managers, the U.S. military said: "T

Gas stoves: Good for cooking, but not kids' lungs, experts say

The era of cooking with gas-burning flames may be waning, as research shows emissions from these appliances increase the risks of childhood asthma and overheating the planet. One month after researchers said 12.7% of "current childhood asthma in the United States is attributable to gas stove use," Gov.

Long Island's warmer winter may bring insects, ticks and other bugs to your house a little...

Long Island's clement winter may have jump-started the arrival of native and foreign critters that fly, crawl or bite as insects from the South are finding the warmth in the North to their liking. "There is evidence that the ranges of some insects have shifted north with the warmer climate," Matthew Schlesinger, chief zoologist of the New York Natural Heritage Program, wrote by email.

Jurassic dinosaur Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum had nearly 50-foot neck, study finds

Imagine what a dinosaur could do with a neck almost 50 feet long - eight times longer than a giraffe's. The latest estimate of the neck length of a late Jurassic period dinosaur found in China - a Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum - is nearly 20 feet longer than previous estimates for members of the sauropod family, according to Stony Brook University paleontologist Andrew J.

Frank Sigismondi, who helped create Newsday's original collating department, dies at 78

Fearless enough to become a teen jockey, wise enough to become a much-loved manager, imaginative enough to invent a device to keep collators' fingers safe, and skilled enough to open a siding business. To that partial list of Frank Sigismondi's accomplishments, add his key role in building Newsday's original collating department, a passion for restoring classic American cars and his devotion to his children and grandchildren.

NYC slaps UBS for its response to Holocaust issues.

NYC cut Union Bank of Switzerland from a letter of credit syndicate to show it disapproved how the bank handled Holocaust issues, including document shredding, a financial source said Wednesday.

Whale tangled in fishing gear off Jones Beach freed after 4-day effort

A young whale anchored to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island's Jones Beach by a ton or more of fishing gear finally was freed after four days of arduous work by rescuers who refused to quit - and it "surged forward," which is a hopeful sign, one of them said Saturday.

Surprise! Rescued humpback returns, with friends, to NY waters

A yet-to-be named young humpback whale rescued in 2020 from fishing gear off Jones Beach State Park, has returned to New York waters, apparently joining an increasing number of his juvenile peers - and surprising scientists. Over four days in 2020, rescuers worked to free the humpback from a tangle of two-tons of gear mooring him to the sea bottom.

New York City fears return to 1970s

While many U.S. cities worry that their economies are deteriorating to the level of the 1930s Great Depression, New York City fears reliving a more recent decade that features strongly in city lore.

NY, lifeguards wrangle over safety issues as beaches prepare to open

New York State and its lifeguards are tussling over anti-virus safeguards ahead of the opening of Long Island beaches Friday. Like other first responders, lifeguards will put themselves at risk when rescuing distressed swimmers or boaters, public health experts say, as even those with the coronavirus who are asymptomatic can infect others.

Financial woes spawn words like chiconomic

If you know whether chiconomic and TALF’d are positive or negative terms and can use them in a sentence, you are au courant with just a few of the dozens of words born of the financial crisis.

NY deer, including LI herds, to be tested for COVID-19, USDA says

Simply tossing a half-eaten apple out of a car window might spread COVID-19 to white-tailed deer on Long Island, scientists say. Those deer may then become a virus reservoir, allowing the coronavirus to spring forth again, possibly after mutating into new variants that could be at best perplexing or at worst, more deadly, according to experts.

Nursing homes can't reject patients just over coronavirus, state says

New York State's nursing homes cannot reject newly released hospital patients solely because they tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a new state directive says. The order raised concern in an industry whose elderly and frail residents have the lowest survival rate for the disease.

Variable-Rate Note Market Now Freezing - Sources

Major banks re making it harder for clients to sell what was considered one of the safest alternatives to cash -- so-called variable-rate demand notes -- sources familiar with industry practices say.

Cuomo Woman's Equality Act plan includes human trafficking agenda

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to crack down on human trafficking, submitted to the state Legislature as part of his Women's Equality Act, comes as New York lags behind other states in attacking the problem. Experts say thousands of people are trafficked every year in New York -- as sex slaves or forced farm workers.

Hospital cleaners work through difficult times: 'They come here to fight'

Hospital cleaning technicians can sometimes see the absolute worst the novel coronavirus inflicts, doing an indispensable job that is now more perilous than ever. "Working in a hospital, you either care about people" or you find something else to do, said Doran Davis, 40, of Freeport, who sterilizes rooms of virus-stricken patients at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside.

Ex-Long Island pols with Bush ties recall sincere, compassionate man

When William Canary's daughter was born in 1998 her father's former boss immediately wrote her a note. George H.W. Bush welcomed the baby to this "big wonderful world," saying, "I want to be your friend." "Now, I'm a happy, kind of private guy. But I used to be president - No kidding!"

Diver reveals historic Thunderbolt warplane find in Long Island Sound

An underwater diver is revealing his accidental discovery of historic significance: He found the wreck of the sole Thunderbolt prototype, one of World War II's fiercest warplanes, in the Long Island Sound. The Aug. 5, 1942, accident report for the XP-47B, declassified under a broader 2009 executive order, says the plane crashed off Eatons Neck shortly after taking off from Republic Airport.