Courtney Stein

Producer, Radio Rookies

Courtney Stein appears in the following:

Kelly Talks NYPD’s Relationship with High Crime Neighborhoods

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.


The Effect of Stop-and-Frisk in the Bronx

Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Radio Rookies walked the streets of the Bronx recently to learn more about how residents of the borough, which is 90 percent black and Latino, interact with the police. 


Radio Rookies: Through the Eyes of a Teen, A Look at Vertical Patrols in Public Housing

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three weeks ago, a police officer was shot while conducting a vertical patrol in a project on the Lower East Side. These vertical patrols are common practice in public housing.

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Radio Rookies: I Am Trayvon Martin

Friday, March 23, 2012

I was shocked to hear about what happened to Trayvon Martin, but I wasn’t surprised that he was targeted because he was a black kid in a hooded sweatshirt. I wear a hoodie everyday, a...

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The Last To Remember

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Brendan was a first-grader on September 11th, 2001. Brendan reports on whether or not his peers and younger siblings feel that 9/11 impacted their world view.

Nothing's Ever Permanent in Foster Care

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Nothing's ever permanent in foster care" is how Rookie Reporter Michael Jacobson describes his life in the system. Michael has lived in seven different homes in just four years. 

Coming Out in The Age of Lady Gaga

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bebe tells her uncle that she's bisexual, but he suspects Bebe is just trying to be cool and doesn't understand the weight of her words. 

Who's Going to Protect Me?

Monday, November 01, 2010

Edwin Llanos has grown up in neighborhoods where police officers stop and search kids all the time. When Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to.

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Back to the Middle East

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alexis Gordon's dad has been in the Army Reserves since before she was born. She is struggling to understand her dad's decision to stay in the Army and go back to the Middle East.


Young Artists Festival

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Queens Rookies Alexis Gordon and Jessica Cernadas ran the Rookies table at the NYC Young Artists & Leaders Festival on Saturday, June 5th. Downtown Art organized the festival as an opportunity for young artists to show their work and see the creative work being done by others their age.

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Youth Producers "School" Listeners on Education Policy

Friday, May 28, 2010

Radio Rookie AJ Frazier spent his 8th grade year reporting on the effect of New York City's public school policy changes on him. His story was just featured in Schooled: Teens' Stories About American Public Education. This hour-long youth produced special is a collaboration between Seattle's KUOW and Generation PRX.

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POTUS Sighting!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

We took a group of 14 Rookies from the Bronx and Queens down to Washington DC to see the sights. There were 17 of us, traveling on a double-decker bus, staying in a hostel.

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The Chernobyl Disaster

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Irina was born in Belarus, which bore the brunt of the radiation fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Irina and her family attribute many of their health problems to the radiation.


Promotion in Doubt

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The NYC Department of Education raised the standards for passing the 8th grade and ended social promotion. AJ Frazier has always just skated by, so he needed to change his ways.


Radio Rookie Jacuyra Responds

Monday, May 18, 2009

Mr. Grzelecki, a teacher at Ditmas Junior High School (IS 62) in Brooklyn, used Jacuyra's Rookies story to teach his students a lesson. After listening to 'My Mother vs. The Streets' his 7th graders wrote responses to 5 questions.

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The Real Hip Hop

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When Kaari, Sanda and I walk into the Next Generation Center, the home of our current Bronx workshop, it's like walking into a house party. Hip hop and rap deejayed by kids from the center thumps just a little too loud. I keep thinking some adult is going to put the kabosh on this, but they don't seem phased.

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Someone to Tuck Me In

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Raymond Henderson and his sister live with the home health attendant who cared for their mother as she was dying. She has offered to adopt them, so Raymond must make a decision. 

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My Mother vs. The Streets

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

In the past, hanging out with boys has gotten Jacuyra into trouble.