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:

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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What We Learned This Week About Donald Trump

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In a week's worth of stories on Donald Trump, we tried to avoid the circus and, instead, tell you about the GOP presidential candidate and his ties to New York City.   


Trump: the Mogul, the Brand, and Fred's Son

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WNYC's Janet Babin and Stephen Nessen look at Donald Trump: the real estate mogul, the brand, and the son of Fred Trump.

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The One Thing Donald Trump Didn’t Inherit

Monday, August 24, 2015

Donald Trump inherited a lot from his father: political connections, real estate expertise and a tidy nest egg. But his embrace of the spotlight didn't come from Fred Trump's playbook.

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What Happens When Uber Goes Uptown

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

While city officials have backed down from restricting the number of Uber drivers in the city for now, many outer-borough residents continue clamoring for access to Uber.


Tensions Linger on Block Where Eric Garner Died

Friday, July 17, 2015

The block has become a magnet for protests and memorials — but relations with the police have hardly improved.

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Photos: Ticker Tape Flies at Parade for US Soccer Champs

Friday, July 10, 2015

Lower Manhattan will swirl with confetti as thousands attend a parade celebrating the win by U.S. women's soccer team at the Women's World Cup.

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Latinos Drawn to Evangelicalism Seem Immune to 'Francis Effect'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

As a growing number of Latinos turn from Catholicism to Evangelicalism — or no religion — can the pope from Latin America turn the tide?

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The West Side of Prospect Park Is Now Car-Free (Sorry East Side)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Now that cars are out, park-goers are looking for the city to crack down on a new bogeyman: cyclists.
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This Is What's Under the Hats of the Newest NYPD Officers

Thursday, July 02, 2015

At today's NYPD graduation ceremony, recent graduates took off their hats and showed WNYC what was inside.