Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition

Since 2008, his work at WNYC has varied from chronicling the transformation of the World Trade Center through photos and radio stories, to profiling the city’s most unique characters, like a tabloid crime photographer, Mohawk Ironworker and Cuban Salsa legend Arsenio Rodriguez. He spent a year reporting on the oldest family in one of the city’s oldest public housing projects for a four part series. During Hurricane Sandy, he reported extensively in Brooklyn and Queens and continues to report on recovery in the Rockaways. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Governor Says 'No' to Refugees — But New Jerseyans Say 'Yes'

Friday, November 20, 2015

While Gov. Christie says no more refugees, residents of New Jersey are embracing them.

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NYPD Beefs Up City Security After Paris Attacks, But That Doesn't Mean People Feel Safer

Monday, November 16, 2015

Following the terror attacks in Paris, many feel the city's soft targets remain vulnerable.

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Columbia University Students Protest in Solidarity with Those in Missouri

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hundreds of students gathered at Columbia to demonstrate, march and voice their experiences with racism at the Ivy League school.

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B&H Warehouse Workers Vote to Unionize

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Warehouse workers with the local retail giant B&H Photo Video have voted to unionize. They're asking United Steelworkers to represent them in contract negotiations.

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Shrink the Second Avenue Subway? Not so Fast, Say Mayor and Lawmakers

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Mayor de Blasio and about a dozen city and state lawmakers say the MTA should restore $1 billion to the long-delayed subway line.
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Thousands Mourn Slain NYPD Officer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Randolph Holder was killed Oct. 20

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Three Years After Sandy, a Peninsula Scattered with Broken Toilets and Creeping Mold

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

While the city's Build it Back program has helped nearly 6,000 households, many people are still living in damaged homes. Take the residents of Arverne, Queens, for example.

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Before He Was an NBA Champion, Lamar Odom Was a Star in Queens

Friday, October 16, 2015

Two-time Laker NBA champion Lamar Odom remains hospitalized in Las Vegas. But before he was a basketball and reality TV star married to a Kardashian, he was just a kid from Queens. 


Survey Finds Gaping Health Disparities in Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

If you live in Brownsville, Brooklyn, you have a life expectancy that is 11 years less than someone living in the Financial District.


After Four Gas Explosions, City Offers Piecemeal Responses

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

In the past year-and-a-half the city has had four gas explosions killing 12 people. Here's what the city has done to prevent future gas explosions, and what it hasn't.

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Community Vows to Keep Playing After High School Football Player's Death

Friday, October 02, 2015

New Jersey quarterback Evan Murray was the third high school football player to die this year. While mourning his death, parents aren't blaming the game.

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Pope Francis Joins Faith Leaders in Call for Peace at 9/11 Memorial

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis met with first responders and victims' families at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan this morning on his historic visit to New York City. 


Photos: Met Opera Season Opens with Red Carpet, Times Square Simulcast

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday's opening night of the Metropolitan Opera brought the traditional red carpet, gussied-up celebrity guests and a parade of arriving singers.
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Can Topless Women and Tourists Co-Exist in Times Square?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A special task force, newly created by Mayor Bill de Blasio, is seeking to strike a balance with pedestrian traffic at Times Square. 


Unlike Other Popes, Francis Will Pay a Visit to Spanish Harlem

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pope Francis will be following a well-trod papal trail in New York City. But he'll also be straying off the beaten path.


Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo Push For $15 Minimum Wage In New York

Friday, September 11, 2015

With Vice President Biden at his side, Gov. Cuomo announced a plan to raise his state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. New York could become the first state to raise the minimum wage for everyone.


Cuomo Reverses Stance, Pushes for $15 Minimum Wage for All Workers

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will support raising the minimum wage for all workers across New York state — not just those in fast food — to $15 an hour.

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The New Normal of a Post-9/11 Workplace

Friday, September 04, 2015

This year, One World Trade Center opened and Greenwich Street was restored. WNYC spoke with three people who work in Lower Manhattan about living in a post-9/11 world.


An Extra Week of Summer, If You Choose to Accept It

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

This year is unusual: Memorial Day came as early as it can and Labor Day will arrive as late as the calendar allows, making for a 15-week-long summer. What to do with all that time? 


Chancellor Fariña Shows Charters Some Love on First Day of School

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's not yet Labor Day, but many of New York City's charter schools are already open. Chancellor Fariña is pledging more cooperation with all charter schools in the coming year.
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