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Janon Fisher

News Editor @Janon_Fisher janonfisher@gmail.com

Janon Fisher is a news editor at DNAinfo, overseeing breaking news, investigations and Harlem coverage.

He moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1996 and started his career covering community news in Manhattan for $18,000 a year. He then moved on to high speed train technology, but found the beat to be a bit limited in the United States, and fell back into community news, this time covering Queens.

Janon watched many politicians go to federal prison in the three years he spent covering North Jersey and, as vice president of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, help pass a sweeping overhaul of the Garden State’s public records act. After 9/11, he uncovered the story of South Asian and Middle Eastern men being held in indefinite detention in New Jersey’s county jails.

He has worked for nearly every major city daily, including three years at The New York Times, four years at the New York Post and two years at the Daily News.

He has obsessively pushed to open public records in state and federal court, sometimes successfully. His legal brief was cited by a Brooklyn federal judge in his decision to unseal a plea agreement between the Department of Justice and Najibullah Zazi, a man who plotted to kill New Yorkers in Manhattan’s Midtown subway stations.

FUN FACT: His push for open records has seldom been popular with government officials and in 2013 it was revealed that he was listed as one of the FBI’s most vexsome public records requesters.

Flushing & Whitestone »

September 19, 2017

Raymond Mong, who died in the bus crash, pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Connecticut, records show.

Flushing & Whitestone »

September 18, 2017

A Dahlia bus driver let a man on board who then started randomly slashing people, officials said.

South Bronx »

September 14, 2017

The suspect, who met the mom in church, pushed his way into her apartment and attacked the family.

Throgs Neck & Country Club »

September 11, 2017

The graffiti appears to reference a 1883 poem that appears on the Statue of Liberty.

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

September 7, 2017

"She can't remember raising her two children," her husband said. "It's been traumatic for the family."

Upper West Side & Morningside Heights »

August 16, 2017

Darryl Goodwin, 54, disputed the police version of the incident at the Columbus Circle station.

South Bronx »

August 16, 2017

Daniel Silvera, 26, sent emails threatening the Speaker and LGBT police officers, prosecutors said.

Midtown & Theater District »

August 15, 2017

Three were arrested as the president returned to Trump Tower for the first time since his inauguration.