Carolina Hidalgo

Producer, Radio Rookies

Carolina Hidalgo is a producer for Radio Rookies, WNYC’s award-winning youth radio program, where she works with young people as they report personal stories about their lives and communities.

Carolina joined WNYC after covering justice reform, social movements and immigration issues as a reporter and photojournalist at St. Louis Public Radio. While there, she reported on pretrial ankle monitoring, a campaign to shut down a notorious jail and the aftermath of the uprising in Ferguson. In 2019, she reported from the United States-Mexico border as an International Women’s Media Foundation fellow. And in 2018, she was named one of The Lit List’s “30 photographers to watch.” Previously, Carolina worked at the Naples Daily News and the Tampa Bay Times. She also volunteers as a mentor with NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. Carolina is a proud native New Yorker who reps Queens.

Carolina Hidalgo appears in the following:

Half of My Parents, All of Me

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Folashade Olatunde, a WNYC Radio Rookie, shares a series of open and honest audio diaries, inviting listeners on her journey to rebuild a relationship with her dad.

A journey to reconnect with an incarcerated father

Friday, April 08, 2022

Folashade Olatunde shares her journey to rebuild her relationship with her incarcerated father, following her first visit to the prison in more than a decade.

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Imagining a world without police

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Years after she witnessed a domestic violence incident in her home and called the police, Kayla Ollivierre starts to question the role of police in our communities.

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Taking a restorative approach to youth justice

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Deborah Ugo-Omenukwa looks at how restorative justice can give young people a chance to take responsibility for their actions while avoiding the larger legal system. 

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Finding ways to feel safe as a young Black girl in America

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Betsy-Jane Paul-Odionhin explores what it means to feel safe — or unsafe — as a young Black girl growing up in America.


How a secretive police database affects young Black and brown men

Monday, April 04, 2022

Rainier Harris looks at how the NYPD uses a secretive database to label people as gang members — and how it affects the lives of young Black and brown men.

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Our Feelings Are Not Our Fault: How Science Can Explain Our Emotions

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

When the pandemic caused fear and anxiety to overwhelm her mom, Guadalupe Ortega turned to science.

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WNYC Announces the New Class of Radio Rookies

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Next class of young people to create audio documentaries through station’s youth journalism program to tell personal stories about policing in their lives.

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A student’s perspective on the first week of school

Friday, September 25, 2020

Atika Kaisary convinced her parents to let her attend classes in-person. But after multiple delays, she’s learning remotely — and her first week of distance learning has surprised her.

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From Quarantine at NYU, a Freshman Waits to Start the Next Chapter

Monday, August 31, 2020

Madison Hall’s college experience started with a two-week quarantine. As she waits to step outside, she reflects on the difficult decision to move away from home during a pandemic.


Expecting the Unexpected: Graduating High School During a Pandemic

Sunday, June 21, 2020

When a global pandemic canceled end-of-the-year milestones for the class of 2020, Radio Rookie Madison Hall learned an important lesson about expectations.


Why Covid-19 Is Killing Black People

Friday, April 24, 2020

The pandemic has hit black communities uniquely hard. To understand why, we explore how racism shows up in black bodies — all the way down to the cellular level.

A History of Style in a Pandemic

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Here’s how black women in Chicago used lace and jewels to turn their mandatory face masks into works of art, more than 100 years ago.