Courtney Stein

Radio Rookies Producer

Courtney began working with young people in Minneapolis, where she started a youth-run restaurant in the park across the street from her apartment. She moved to New York to study social work, then went to Maine to learn to produce radio documentaries. In 2007 Courtney combined her radio and youth work backgrounds and joined Radio Rookies as a producer. Now she assists in teaching radio and multimedia workshops and works alongside Rookie Reporters to produce stories for WNYC and NPR.

Courtney Stein appears in the following:

Seeking an End to Cycles of Abuse

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Destiny Mabry had a lot in common with her older sister: a love of dance, a bright smile, and excellent jump rope skills. They also both had experience with abusive relationships.

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Why Do I Stay?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rainy wanted to understand why she stayed with an older boyfriend who humiliated and physically abused her. So she spent two years reporting from inside the relationship.   

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Radio Rookies Producer's Notebook

Monday, September 14, 2015

Radio Rookies Producer Courtney Stein answers questions about the process behind reporting the Crushed series.


Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jairo Gomez's nine-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment. He knows education is the way out of poverty, but sometimes being poor makes it difficult to make good choices.

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Radio Rookies Surprises Danielle With A Graduation Ceremony at WNYC

Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Radio Rookies hosted a surprise "graduation" ceremony for 2014 high school graduate Danielle Motindabeka at WNYC. Current and past Radio Rookies from as far back as 2004 came to celebrate along with New York Public Radio staff. 

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Radio Rookie Danielle Finds Out Her Regents Exam Results

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.

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Why Is Staten Island NYC's OD Capital?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

In New York City, prescription painkiller abuse rates aren't as high as the rest of the country — except on Staten Island, where their impact is wide and deep.

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DIY TOOLKIT: How to report your own story

Sunday, September 15, 2013

This animated short is part of a toolkit of DIY videos we’re creating in partnership with the Hive NYC Learning Network.  Educators can use this DIY to teach students of all ages to r...
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Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

Friday, December 28, 2012

Many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is "slut-shaming" 

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Radio Rookies Hosts Live Chat For Teens on Sexual Cyberbullying

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Radio Rookies hosted an in-class live chat to coincide with a new story about sexual cyberbullying. Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle hosted a facilitated online conversation for high school students to discuss the issues her story brings to light.


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Remaining in the Flood Zone, Despite the Warnings

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Staten Island was one of the areas hit hard by massive flooding from Sandy. Among the people that stayed, was the family of 17-year-old Tasina Berkey, a current Radio Rookie. Her fami...


Kelly Talks NYPD’s Relationship with High Crime Neighborhoods

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Two Radio Rookie reporters got a chance to sit down with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to discuss the tactics of his police force and its impact in the community.


The Effect of Stop-and-Frisk in the Bronx

Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Radio Rookies walked the streets of the Bronx recently to learn more about how residents of the borough, which is 90 percent black and Latino, interact with the police. They th...


Radio Rookies: Through the Eyes of a Teen, A Look at Vertical Patrols in Public Housing

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Growing up, my parents used to tell me to stay away from the projects. They said they were dangerous, and they’re right: about 20 percent of violent crime happens in public housing...

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Radio Rookies: I Am Trayvon Martin

Friday, March 23, 2012

I was shocked to hear about what happened to Trayvon Martin, but I wasn’t surprised that he was targeted because he was a black kid in a hooded sweatshirt. I wear a hoodie everyday, a...

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The Last To Remember

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Brendan was a first-grader on September 11th, 2001. Brendan reports on whether or not his peers and younger siblings feel that 9/11 impacted their world view.

Nothing's Ever Permanent in Foster Care

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Nothing's ever permanent in foster care" is how Rookie Reporter Michael Jacobson describes his life in the system. Michael has lived in seven different homes in just four years. 

Coming Out in The Age of Lady Gaga

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bebe tells her uncle that she's bisexual, but he suspects Bebe is just trying to be cool and doesn't understand the weight of her words. 

Who's Going to Protect Me?

Monday, November 01, 2010

Edwin Llanos has grown up in neighborhoods where police officers stop and search kids all the time. When Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to.

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Back to the Middle East

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. She is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.