Living Both Sides of Abuse, And Choosing Neither

Monday, September 21, 2015

A young woman reflects on why she started abusing her boyfriend, and how she finally stopped.

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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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Three-Wheeling and Nasty Breakups: 15 Young Adults Learning About Romance

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The twists, turns and learning curves of young love. 


I Would Have Carried Her to the Moon

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Relationship Rookies: First Loves. Teenagers just trying to figure it out. 

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Where to Find Help

Monday, September 14, 2015

Intimate partner abuse disproportionately affects young adults. If you're a teen who is being abused, or close to someone who is, we've compiled a list of places to find help.

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We Just Don't Talk: One Family's Silence about Dating Abuse

Monday, September 14, 2015

When 18-year-old Radio Rookie Mari Santos recognized that her older sister Alison was in abusive relationship, the hardest part was figuring out how to talk to her about it.


Radio Rookies Producer's Notebook

Monday, September 14, 2015

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


Not the 'Right' Kind of Gay

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In some ways, being feminine made life harder for Dakota than his sexuality.

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Where are they now? Radio Rookies Graduates

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Radio Rookies is celebrating some of our recent college and high school graduates. We hear back from Yesica Balderrama who just finished design school at FIT.


Eyes Off the Goal: When Sports Rule and School Suffers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fresh grass. Freedom. Success. That was the sensation Edward Munoz experienced every time he walked onto a soccer field. But in school, he felt like he wasn’t meant to be there.

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Tough to the Corps: Teen Girl Wants to Join Marines

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cece Rodriguez may be tiny at 5 ’4”, 100 lbs, but she’s physically strong. Despite her family’s concerns, she dreams of testing her toughness by enlisting in the U.S. Marines.

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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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Stories From the Bronx: Radio Rookies Workshop at DreamYard

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Radio Rookies led a three-week storytelling workshop at the DreamYard Art Center in the Bronx. 


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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Father's Day from Radio Rookies: Trying to Do it Right and Not Repeat a Father's Mistakes

Friday, June 13, 2014

When people think about teen parents, they usually picture a young mom. But what about the dads?

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DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit

Monday, May 19, 2014

If you’re a teenager interested in reporting your own stories or an educator looking for some tools for your students to learn about journalism, you’ve come to the right place!  

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Teens are Losing More Sleep Than Ever

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

That most teenagers are walking around sleep deprived won't come as a shock to parents or teachers. Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle got her friends to share why they aren't sleeping and what, exactly, they're doing during those late-night hours.

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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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Introducing the DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit and Comic Book!

Friday, January 31, 2014


If you ever wondered how Radio Rookies stories are produced or want to teach young people the art of audio production, check out our DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit. The materials are embedded within the comic book below, "The Making of a Radio Rookies Story", which follows the dramatic tale of Keith Harris from day one of workshop to the morning his story airs.  Click on the small icons throughout the comic for work sheets, tips, links, and animated shorts.  If you or students you work with use the toolkit to create your own stories, please share them with us at