Marianne McCune is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio (WNYC 93.9FM/AM820). Her stories frequently run nationally on NPR and have been widely distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. Marianne is currently producing in-depth reports on topics ranging from women’s boxing to the dangers of covering the drug war in Mexico. She has also reported on New York and New Jersey’s immigrant communities and the resulting cultural, economic, and political links between New York/New Jersey and almost everywhere else on earth.
Marianne has won local and national awards for her reporting, including the Dart Award for Coverage of Trauma (2012) for Living 9/11, a documentary exploring how the World Trade Center attacks impacted the lives of New Yorkers in the decade that followed. She has won two Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. In 2004, she won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Award for her series "Going Home in Handcuffs" following the journey of a group of Pakistanis as they were deported from the United States. Her reporting has also taken her to Haiti, Mexico, Burundi, and Ethiopia. She speaks Spanish and French. Marianne is also the founder of Radio Rookies, an award-winning series of stories written, reported, and produced by New York teenagers. Radio Rookies won a Peabody award and been honored for "outstanding reporting on the problems of the disadvantaged" by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Radio.
Over the past couple years, violence in Ciudad Juarez has fallen from its peak levels, but the city (along with its neighbor across the border, El Paso) is still trying to revitalize its image. Marianne McCune talks to the mayors of El Paso and Juarez about what they're doing to accomplish this, the 2010 decision to leave Juarez off of an El Paso tourism map, and the recent decision to add it back to the map.
Just across the border from El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez is notorious for the violence that has accompanied a long war between cartels. Marianne McCune goes to Juarez to see how the once-epicenter of Mexico’s drug violence has changed the city and the reporters who risk their lives to cover it.
A May series on marijuana continues with a look at addiction. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2013) talks about the drug's effects and how legalization might address treatment. He's joined by WNYC senior reporter Marianne McCune who talks about her piece on abuse and dependence of marijuana, as part of the "Weed Next Door" series.
Jake’s life started out just right. He lived in a nice house on a nice block of the sophisticated New Jersey town of Montclair. His dad worked for the NFL, his mom a couple days a week in finance. As long as Jake and his older brother did well, their parents weren’t overly concerned about a little partying here or there. Until Jake started to turn into someone they didn’t know.
Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in California. Today, we explore the different issues that weed legalization and use pose.
Meet Chuck, a San Francisco marijuana dealer. (That’s not his real name. We agreed to keep that to ourselves because, otherwise, he wouldn’t talk to us.) Chuck came to New York from California to sell weed because, here in New York, where his trade is 100% illegal, he can make more money.
These days, many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls "slut-shaming," or using photos and videos to turn a girl's private life inside out.
Stress is often associated with Christmas along with its promise of holiday cheer. But for residents who suffered great losses from Sandy and its aftermath there are extra burdens. In some cases storm's victims are putting their lives on hold.
Danielle was 13-years-old when she left her home and her mother in the Congo. She came to New York hoping to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a shelter. Hear why Danielle keeps the truth about her life in America to herself - even though it means lying to her mother.
Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren’t round – they’re shaped like a crescent moon and Radio Rookie Bree Person hates looking at them. Sometimes she hates talking about them, too – but she put together this report nevertheless.
New York state has the worst four-year high school graduation rate in the country. But when you zero in on New York City, the rates are even worse, especially for black males, with only 28 percent graduating from public high school in four years in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown, 18, is a young black man growing up in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.