Ang Santos


Ang Santos began his career in news journalism at WBGO in January 2014 as an intern. His love for telling stories about Newark's history landed him a position as a feature reporter. Before his time at WBGO, Ang was an overnight jock at Brookdale Public Radio on the Jersey Shore.

Since joining the news team, Ang prides himself on the ability to report on everything in any situation; hyperlocal stories, political conventions, major league sports teams, music. He's contributed reports to WHYY in Philadelphia and NPR news.

Outside of WBGO, Ang tends to the needs of his many cats.

Ways to Connect

The free tax preparation services are being offered to people in the greater Newark area that earn less than $56,000 a year.  The program found roughly $13 million in total refunds for residents in 2018, says Catherine Wilson with United Way of Essex and West Hudson

The New York State legislature passed the Jose Peralta DREAM Act earlier this week.  The bill’s namesake, the late state Senator Peralta, championed for this law, which will set aside $27 million in tuition aid for undocumented immigrants seeking a college education.    

Ang Santos / WBGO

2010 Census statistics show most children under age 5 that weren’t counted live in what’s called “hard to count” areas.  Experts say these are generally majority minority, low poverty municipalities.

“I can say that my wife and I are taking it so seriously, that since the last census count, we’ve had three children,” said Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, who jokes about it but understands that his city has one of the largest populations of undercounted children in New Jersey.  That’s why Paterson created a Complete Count Committee.

Ang Santos / WBGO

Principal Akbar Cook of Newark’s West Side High School gained national recognition for taking action after noticing students being bullied for dirty clothes.  He installed five pairs of washers and dryers in the school so kids could do their laundry. WBGO’s Ang Santos stopped by West Side High to talk with Principal Cook, who says there’s been no shortage of support since the story aired on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Ang Santos:  That must have been some moment for you?  The $50,000 check.

De Blasio calls the initiative NYC Care, a program that will give any ineligible city resident access to treatment through public hospitals.

“Get the heath care you need when you need it,” de Blasio said.  “You won’t end up in the emergency room.  You won’t end up in a hospital bed if you actually get the care you need when a disease starts, not when it’s already too late.”

“For those who can afford something, they’ll pay on a sliding scale.  It they can’t afford anything, care will be for free.  No one will be turned away and care will be comprehensive.”

New York City is phasing in the new Fair Fairs program which offers half-priced MetroCards to low income residents. 

Initially, only working New Yorkers at or below the federal poverty level receiving cash assistance benefits will qualify for discounted passes.  In April, SNAP recipients are eligible.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says 2018 crime stats show overall improvements from the previous year. 

For the second year in a row, Mayor de Blasio says New York City experienced less than 300 homicides. 

“Less than one homicide a day in this city and we intend to go farther.  It’s extraordinary what has been achieved,” de Blasio said.

Overall arrests are down 37 percent since de Blasio took office.

“You don’t have a mass incarceration crisis if people aren’t being unnecessarily arrested,” de Blasio said.

New York City Commissioner of both the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and Consumer Affairs Julie Menin has been appointed to direct outreach efforts for the upcoming 2020 Census.  

“There are literally billions of dollars that flow or don’t flow according to the census,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  “Money that comes down to whether people have health care or food, opportunity or safety, or not.  It comes down to whether we have proper representation in Congress.”

Over 20 candidates already registered with the New York City Campaign Finance Board will have until February 26th to win over voters.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed campaign finance legislation that clarifies the city’s current referendum covers the special election.

“To get big money out of our local elections and to empower every day New Yorkers who give small donations and strengthen them by adding to the ability of those donations to be matched with public matching funds.”

Ang Santos / WBGO

For a third straight year, Newark police, fire, and medical responders donate and give out toys to families.  Mayor Ras Baraka says they’ve collected 30,000 toys for city kids this year.

“Last year they were pulling people over in their car and instead of giving them tickets they were giving them toys," Baraka said.  "I would like to be there that one time when somebody gets pulled over and ready to cuss and go crazy then they give them a toy.  That is probably priceless to see.  That was innovative and creative and prayerfully that continues to happen this year.”

As the New Jersey legislature prepares to vote on a $15 minimum wage bill, advocates for restaurant employees are making their case to ensure the industry isn’t left out.

Seven states have a ‘One Fair Wage’ bill, where restaurant employees make the state minimum wage with tips on top.  Opponents of the restaurant wage hike say it would hurt the industry, particularly small businesses.  Advocates believe otherwise.

Bruce Caines

Ang Santos:  This is an interesting program.  We have a combination of music, gospel, jazz…bring us into this program a little bit.  What should people expect when they come to see this? 

Chris Whitaker:  This is a version of ‘Handel’s Messiah’ like you’ve never heard before.  It’s basically like Handel landed in the 21stcentury and crafted a modern oratorio for our time.  It’s the original ideas, melodies, and lyrics from the Messiah, but it’s reimagined though a contemporary lens.

AS:  A venue could really make or break this kind of show, am I correct?

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is hosting a free panel discussion in collaboration with MOMENT NYC on Saturday, spotlighting the life and legacy of jazz composer Gil Evans. His son, Noah Evans, says the conversation and listening session could be an introduction to Gil Evans but also has something new for enthusiasts.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The Gateway Project has been at a standstill since President Trump walked back on an Obama era deal to cover half the cost.  Democrats in New Jersey’s Congressional delegation believe they’ll have leverage in The House of Representatives come January through party control, but Congressman Josh Gottheimer says he’s cautiously optimistic.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The United States was attacked by the Japanese Military on December 7, 1941.  Exactly one year later, the USS New Jersey launched for the first time from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Jack Willard is one of several history buffs you may meet aboard the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, where the dreadnought turned museum annually commemorates the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  

To hear about the Battleship New Jersey, click the link above.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The city of Newark will create the Equitable Growth Advisory Commission, consisting of 15 members from academic, community, and business sectors.  Its members will make recommendations on land use, housing, and other related matters. 

“It’s intentionally structured to be a collaboration.  A cross sector of voices that help shape policy and serve as an equity compass,” said Aisha Golver with the economic revitalization non-profit Newark Alliance.

Governor Phil Murphy says he’s ready to bolster the state’s commitment to clean energy and rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  RGGI Board of Directors Secretary Ben Grumbles says their working with state environmental officials to put policies in place to have New Jersey rejoin the initiative by the year 2020.

Doug O’ Malley with Environment New Jersey says it’s critical to maximize clean energy investments through RGGI.

A phone app is teaching kids how to responsibly manage money before they are old enough to enter the workforce.  

BusyKid was created to help teach children financial responsibility.  App creator Gregg Murset has 20 years’ experience as a certified financial planner.  He says it’s designed to give kids real life job experience.

December 1st is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV. It’s also about putting an end to social stigma associated with talking about the disease.

“This has been highlighted in the #MeToo movement, as a culture we don’t equip people with the knowledge or suggest that is ok and necessary to talk about how one protects themselves,” said David Johns, executive director of National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization and advocate for the LGBTQ community.

Bob Hennelly / WBGO

Public health officials expect the number of people diagnosed with illnesses related to the World Trade Center attack to keep growing.  A New York Representative is still pushing for permanent financial aid for survivors 17 years later.

“At first they don’t’ see the symptoms but since then many have died, many more will become sick each day and are not able to work,” said New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “It’s important that we give them their health care and compensation for what they did to save others.”

Ang Santos / WBGO

The 'Bronx Action Plan' dedicates 8-million-dollars to increase neighborhood addiction treatment services.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says another million will go towards an ad campaign warning about the dangers of fentanyl.  

“We’re in the middle of a battle against opioids.  This has gotten harder, not easier over the years, especially because of fentanyl. But what this city decided to do is take this battle head on,” de Blasio said.

The latest National Climate Assessment was recently released, a congressionally mandated review detailing the impacts of climate change in America.  Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences director Robert Kopp says its fundamental message is to stabilize the climate by bringing greenhouse gas emissions down to zero, and then mitigate the impacts being experienced now.

State snow storm response, Amazon, immigration policy are some of the topics addressed on this edition of  Ask Governor Murphy.

Nancy Solomon is the host of Ask Governor Murphy,  a WBGO News production in collaboration with WNYC and WHYY.

Ang Santos / WBGO

Downtown Cranford, NJ was recently voted one of the best in the Garden State.  

WBGO's Ang Santos visits the municipal building to talk with Gabe Bailer, director of Downtown Business and Economic Development in Cranford.  They discuss why the downtown district has attracted so much attention and the importance of Small Business Saturday.   

To listen, click the link above.

Ang Santos / WBGO

Governor Phil Murphy says there were about 1,800 plows and salt spreaders ready to clear the roads, but the snowstorm hit much harder than anyone predicted.

“Unfortunately, the worst of the storm coincided with the early dismissals from schools and workplaces. Meaning that when we needed our road crews and all of that equipment out there the most, they were competing with folks, understandably by the way, trying to get back home at the same time as well,” Murphy said.

Ang Santos / WBGO

The New Jersey Attorney General's office is suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company deceived consumers about the dangers of its opioid painkillers.  It’s the first such case brought by the Office against a pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey.

“We allege that Janssen masterminded a public relations campaign to undermine accepted medical practices.  It used a network of sales representatives to push it’s misleading marketing.  It quietly funded front organizations that peddled it’s bogus theories,” said NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Ang Santos / WBGO

Veterans Day 2018 marked the centennial anniversary of the end of WWI. 

“It was 100 years ago today on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month that guns fell silent and the first world war came to an end,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressing dozens of veterans.  “Of course, no one knew then when the bells tolled that it would be the first world war.  It was known only as the great war.  Some called it the war to end all wars.  How we wish they were right.”

Gloria Coino says members of her family served in every American war.  

Ang Santos / WBGO

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill he says is the country's strongest ban on so-called ghost guns.  

The law prohibits selling, manufacturing or owning firearms without a serial number.  New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says that includes guns made with a 3D printer, 

Ang Santos / WBGO

Many New Jersey voters encountered long lines and malfunctioning machines at the polls yesterday.  

A lot of voters who mailed in ballots in 2016 had to use provisional ballots at the polls this time. That’s because a new law signed by the governor this year that automatically lists them as mail-in voters.  It caused problems at the polls, but Murphy says it expanded voter participation.

“While it may have brought some confusion, four hundred thousand people, over four hundred thousand people voted by mail, a third of them we believe are new voters.”

When the federal corruption trial surrounding Democratic Senator Bob Menendez ended in a hung jury, he sent a shot out against those seeking his seat.

“To those who were digging my political grave so they can jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you,” he said during a press briefing after the trial.

Republican Bob Hugin has spent close to 30 million dollars to remind voters that Menendez was on trial.  Still the democrat says that a jury of his peers didn’t find him guilty.