Cindy Rodriguez

Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.  

Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence and more recently the impact of Sandy on poor communities in flood damaged areas.  She’s won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – most recently in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.

Rodriguez has also covered New York’s immigrant population.  A story about an immigrant restaurant worker who narrowly escaped death on September 11th won her an NFCB Golden Reel Award. Originally from San Antonio, she moved to New York City in 1995 and lives in Queens. 

Cindy Rodriguez appears in the following:

Respite From the Storm

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Temporary respite centers, as alternatives to hospitals, could be a big part of the future of mental-health care in New York. It's a new model — based on one from 40 years ago.


Poverty, Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC reporter, talks about her four-part series looking at the way poverty and mental health intersect with the criminal justice system.

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In Foster Care, Treating the Trigger

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Research suggests that abuse, abandonment and neglect can change the way a child's brain develops. Doctors are now treating some of the city's most vulnerable children for PTSD.

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Reading, Writing and Psychotherapy: When Schools Step In

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Schools are an early point of detection for serious emotional problems, but most don't have the resources or training to respond. This rambunctious 9-year-old is one of the lucky ones.

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Voices From Inside

Monday, February 02, 2015

Meet Sedlis Dowdy, a diagnosed schizophrenic who spent nine years in solitary confinement. He gets out of prison in five years. What will we do with him then?

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Hundreds Gather at Wake for Slain Officer

Friday, December 26, 2014

Mourners lined up outside the church a full hour before the service began.

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Assessing the Role of Mental Illness in Shooting Deaths of Police

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A forensic psychologist says other social factors may be more to blame.

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Justice Dept to Sue City Over Rikers Abuses

Thursday, December 18, 2014

US Attorney sues city to get faster reforms at Rikers Island. 


City to Divert Thousands from Rikers and Into Treatment

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The task force said that 400 individuals accounted for 10,000 jail admissions over five years. It said that 67 percent of those 400 were mentally ill and 99 percent use drugs or alcohol.


Rikers Reforms Aim to Curb Violence

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The New York City Department of Correction has proposed a slate of reforms designed to reduce jail violence.


Bratton Appoints New Second-in-Command

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Bratton's new pick for First Deputy is a lawyer with ties to both the Clinton and Obama administrations. He was also once a beat cop. 

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Citi Bike Saved

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New York City's troubled blue bike share system has a white knight. That means more bikes, more neighborhoods—and a higher cost of membership.
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Senegalese Say Ebola Scare Is Harming Community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Senegalese community says elected officials have created fear over Ebola, and now their kids are being bullied and customers are avoiding their businesses.

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Correction Commissioner Grilled by City Council

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte was grilled for more than two hours by council members concerned about the treatment of adolescents on Rikers Island.

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Councilwoman Says, 'Get Teens off Rikers'

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Queens councilwoman will call on the city to move teens off Rikers Island. 


Nearly 20 Years Later, a New Approach to Welfare

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The de Blasio Administration is in the process of overhauling the strict work requirements that have defined public assistance in New York City for almost 20 years.   


In Solitary, Inmates Languish, Despair and Attempt Suicide: Report

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A new report details the rough treatment of inmates placed in solitary confinement at New York City's largest jail system, Rikers Island.

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Shadow of Jail Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

Friday, August 29, 2014

As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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When it Comes to Rikers, the City Never Learns

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This one alleges system-wide violations of inmates' constitutional rights, describing brutal acts of violence committed by Rikers guards.


Federal Prosecutors Say Rikers Guards Violate Teens' Constitutional Rights

Monday, August 04, 2014

Bharara calls violence by guards "the first impulse rather than the last resort" after two-year investigation.