Ariella Cohen is an award-winning journalist passionate about local news, and telling stories that explore how urban design shapes our lives. Before joining WHYY, she was the editor-in-chief of Next City, the country’s leading independent online urban policy website. She is the co-editor of The Just City Essays, a collection including works by influential contemporary thinkers such as Theaster Gates and Mindy Thompson Fullilove. In 2009, Ariella co-founded The Lens, a nationally recognized investigative news website covering New Orleans. Ariella started her career as a staff reporter for the Brooklyn Paper in New York. She lives in South Philadelphia with her husband, two daughters and misanthropic cat. Follow her on Twitter @ariellacohen and email her at

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