Desiree D'Iorio

News Assistant

Born and raised in Connecticut, Desiree now calls Long Island home. She is WSHU’s 2019-2020 News Fellow, covering local government, the environment and public affairs on Long Island. She received her A.A. in Communications from Nassau Community College and B.A. in Journalism from Stony Brook University. Her past internships were at the Long Island Press and WSHU. In 2019, she co-wrote a four-part series about the Long Island Pine Barrens, bringing to listeners the sights and sounds of this unique ecosystem nestled in the heart of Suffolk County. There are 300 tabs open across her devices at all times. 

U.S. Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.)
Courtesy of Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino / Facebook

Republican Congressman Andrew Garbarino doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice about how to address unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S. southern border. But they agree that Long Island schools need more money to help educate those kids.

Tribute in Light, two vertical columns of light representing the fallen towers of the World Trade Center shine against the lower Manhattan skyline on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Stefan Jeremiah / Associated Press

The deadline to register for benefits from the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund is Thursday. But that cutoff date only applies to certain claims. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Alex Brandon / AP

New York has until the end of September to dole out over $2 billion in rent relief to tenants. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said the federal government could take that money back if the state misses the deadline.

Kathy Willens / AP

Five of the highest-paid Long Island Rail Road employees were indicted in February on overtime fraud and conspiracy charges. Three of them now plan to enter guilty pleas.

Children play along with Sesame Street cast members in the Reel Time Theater on Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, March 25, 2019. Parents took their kids to a live performance of the Sesame Street show.
Airman Jesse Jenny / U.S. Air Force

Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street muppets have been teaching kids their ABC’s and how to share their toys since 1969. But they also tackle difficult issues — like addition, same-sex marriage and the coronavirus pandemic — in a kid-friendly way.

Their newest project targets military families and how to talk about racism.