Danielle Motindabeka

Danielle Motindabeka is 20-years-old and has been reporting with Radio Rookies since 2012. Danielle immigrated to the US from the Congo when she was 13, learned English (her third language) and recently graduated from high school. She is looking forward to attending college, hopefully somewhere outside of New York City.

Danielle Motindabeka appears in the following:

The Final Push to Graduation

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.

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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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NYC Student Tackles the Last Test Standing Between Her and a High School Diploma

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.

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American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter.