Marianne McCune

Reporter, WNYC News

Marianne McCune is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio (WNYC 93.9FM/AM820). Her stories frequently run nationally on NPR and have been widely distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. Marianne is currently producing in-depth reports on topics ranging from women’s boxing to the dangers of covering the drug war in Mexico. She has also reported on New York and New Jersey’s immigrant communities and the resulting cultural, economic, and political links between New York/New Jersey and almost everywhere else on earth.

Marianne has won local and national awards for her reporting, including the Dart Award for Coverage of Trauma (2012) for Living 9/11, a documentary exploring how the World Trade Center attacks impacted the lives of New Yorkers in the decade that followed. She has won two Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. In 2004, she won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Award for her series "Going Home in Handcuffs" following the journey of a group of Pakistanis as they were deported from the United States. Her reporting has also taken her to Haiti, Mexico, Burundi, and Ethiopia. She speaks Spanish and French. Marianne is also the founder of Radio Rookies, an award-winning series of stories written, reported, and produced by New York teenagers.  Radio Rookies won a Peabody award and been honored for "outstanding reporting on the problems of the disadvantaged" by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Radio.

Marianne McCune appears in the following:

'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Colombia's economy has been growing, and wages have been rising. That's good for the country as a whole, but it may wind up driving away the T-shirt industry.


Reporting in Juarez

Friday, August 23, 2013

Just across the border from El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez is notorious for the violence that has accompanied a long war between cartels. Marianne McCune goes to Juarez to see how the once-epicenter of Mexico’s drug violence has changed the city and the reporters who risk their lives to cover it.

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Rehabilitating Juarez’s International Image

Friday, August 23, 2013

Over the past couple years, violence in Ciudad Juarez has fallen from its peak levels, but the city (along with its neighbor across the border, El Paso) is still trying to revitalize its image. Marianne McCune talks to the mayors of El Paso and Juarez about what they're doing to accomplish this, the 2010 decision to leave Juarez off of an El Paso tourism map, and the recent decision to add it back to the map.


When Employees Need More Than An Advance On Their Paycheck

Monday, July 15, 2013

Some companies offer employees one-on-one financial counseling. The service can be revealing.


Three Ways Brush Factories Are Surviving In America

Friday, June 21, 2013

The cheapest place to make brushes these days is China. But there are still people pressing bristles into brushes in a factory in the Bronx, and in small plants across the country.


When People Make Their Own Banks

Friday, June 14, 2013

An ex-con lends money to people in need; a group of friends creates a savings club. Even without banks, people often figure out how to get the money they need, when they need it.


How Recalculating GDP Can Help App Designers In Nigeria

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pledge 51 creates applications for Nigeria's low-tech cellphones. The company thinks it could grow its business with help from foreign investors, but Nigeria's low GDP has made that d...


Go East, Young Marijuana Dealer

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A San Francisco dealer quadrupled his income by moving to New York after California legalized medical marijuana.


Demand For Ammunition Is Up. Why Aren't Prices?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Demand increased recently, leading to widespread shortages. An economics textbook would say ammo sellers should have raised prices rather than have empty shelves. But that hasn't happened.


Legal Weed: Addiction

Friday, May 10, 2013

A May series on marijuana continues with a look at addictionMark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2013) talks about the drug's effects and how legalization might address treatment.  He's joined by WNYC senior reporter Marianne McCune who talks about her piece on abuse and dependence of marijuana, as part of the "Weed Next Door" series.

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From Marijuana to the Medicine Cabinet: A Boy Who Couldn't Stop

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jake’s life started out just right. He lived in a nice house on a nice block of the sophisticated New Jersey town of Montclair. His dad worked for the NFL, his mom a couple days a wee...

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The Evolution of Marijuana Culture

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in Ca...

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The Weed Trail: From California’s Medical Market to New York’s Underground

Monday, May 06, 2013

Meet Chuck, a San Francisco marijuana dealer. (That’s not his real name. We agreed to keep that to ourselves because, otherwise, he wouldn’t talk to us.) Chuck came to New York from California to sell weed because, here in New York, where his trade is 100% illegal, he can make more money. 

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Nervous Parents In One Country Clear Supermarket Shelves In Another

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chinese parents don't trust Chinese baby formula, so they pay a premium to have it shipped in from around the world.


A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Earned Income Tax Credit has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.


Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

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" 

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Stress and Relationships During the Holidays

Monday, December 24, 2012

Stress is often associated with Christmas along with its promise of holiday cheer. But for residents who suffered great losses from Sandy and its aftermath there are extra burdens. In some cases storm's victims are putting their lives on hold.

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American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter.  

Sickle and Me

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia. Radio Rookie Bree Person hates talking about Sickle cells – but she put together this report nevertheless.


My Education, Uninterrupted

Monday, December 10, 2012

In New York City the high school graduation rate for black males was 28 percent in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown is a young black man living in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.