Mirela is a reporter for WNYC Radio in New York, where she covers immigration. Prior to joining WNYC in 2011, she was a contributor to the New York Times’ metro desk. She also reported for Time magazine, the New York Daily News and Forbes. In 2013, Mirela won a Gracie award for outstanding reporter/correspondent. Previously, she was recognized as Best New Journalist in the New York metropolitan area and has won awards for crime, feature and multimedia reporting. She holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and in international affairs from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.