Courtney began working with young people in Minneapolis, where she started a youth-run restaurant in the park across the street from her apartment. She moved to New York to study social work, then went to Maine to learn to produce radio documentaries. In 2007 Courtney combined her radio and youth work backgrounds and joined Radio Rookies as a producer. Now she assists in teaching radio and multimedia workshops and works alongside Rookie Reporters to produce stories for WNYC and NPR.
Courtney Stein appears in the following:
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
We remember Temitayo Fagbenle (1996 – 2021) with this encore presentation of her first Radio Rookies piece.
Monday, December 03, 2018
When he was a young teenager, Luke realized he had to speak up—about who he was and what had happened to him. [Warning: this episode discusses childhood sexual assault].
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Solitary confinement has been proven gravely dangerous for young people. The Marshall Project teamed up with Caught to investigate how widespread the practice remains in New York.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Z navigates a Catch 22 that's familiar to kids in the system: He only gets the help he needs when he acts out, but "turning up" means he can't go home.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Z is a teenager serving time for armed robbery. Dwayne Betts is a lawyer who spent nine years of his youth incarcerated. The same criminal justice policies landed them in jail.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The Trump Administration's policies have taken a deep psychological toll on undocumented immigrants. Like this 26-year-old, former Radio Rookie whose been in the U.S. since she was five.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
“If my parents hadn’t been deported maybe I wouldn’t be who I am today -- so determined and self-driven.” Listen to Wayner's story.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Jared Marcelle had enough negative interactions with the NYPD that he’d come to mistrust police. His views of policing are complex now, especially since his sister joined the force.
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.
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.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Radio Rookies Producer Courtney Stein answers questions about the process behind reporting the Crushed series.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.
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.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This animated short is part of a toolkit of DIY videos we’re creating in partnership with the Hive NYC Learning Network. Educators can use this toolkit to teach students of all ages.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is "slut-shaming".
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Radio Rookies hosted an in-class live chat to coincide with a new story about sexual cyberbullying. Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle hosted a facilitated online conversation for high school students to discuss the issues her story brings to light.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Staten Island was one of the areas hit hard by massive flooding from Sandy. Among the people that stayed, was the family of 17-year-old Tasina Berkey, a current Radio Rookie.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Two Radio Rookie reporters got a chance to sit down with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to discuss the tactics of his police force and its impact in the community.