Sanda Htyte

Radio Rookies Associate Producer

Sanda Htyte is Radio Rookies Associate Producer. She has been with Radio Rookies since interning at the Elmhurst workshop in summer of 2005. She is also a freelance video producer, director, editor and a CUNY Professor. While interning at Radio Rookies, Sanda was completing her MFA in documentary producing. Having studied both video and radio production at her Alma Mater, Brooklyn College, CUNY, she was asked to teach introduction to radio production as Adjunct Professor in Fall of 2006 as well as Spring 2007.

It was by chance that Sanda enrolled in a radio production class. She had no idea just how fulfilling this would turn out to be. This one class had made a remarkable impression, and led her to pursue a career not only in video, but also in radio. Video did not kill the radio this time. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Sanda Htyte appears in the following:

Teens Report from Popup Newsroom, from Mayor's Race to City's Problems

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Teens reported on issues related to the 2013 NYC mayoral campaign, professional media mentors and participants shared skills and collaborated in our popup newsroom style event. 


Radio Rookies React to Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

Friday, August 16, 2013

In 2011, the New York Police Department made more than 120,000 stops of black and Latino kids between the ages of 14 and 18.  

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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.  

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.


Mind the Gap in Crown Heights

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Four Radio Rookies, all very recent immigrants from the Caribbean, now attend high school in the heart of what was the epicenter of the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago.  

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Freedom Walk

Friday, September 02, 2011

Even though he had no personal connection to 9/11, Joey Rizzolo decided to initiate a Freedom Walk to help residents of his town, Paramus, NJ, remember and honor the victims of 9/11.

I'll Heal In Time

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Jillian Suarez’s father, a New York City police officer, didn't come home on September 11th and for three months her mother held out hope he would be found alive.

Mental Illness

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tim has been diagnosed with everything from ADD, ADHD, PTSD, depression, to bipolar disorder.  But he doesn't think any of those labels fit him. 

Half My Family Is Illegal

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Only half of Alicia Martinez's family members are U.S. citizens. Alicia struggles to meet her parents' expectations and overcome the guilt she feels that her sister’s life is limited.  

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Breast-Fed Language

Monday, October 11, 2010

Andrea Lee Torres'  parents came here from the Philippines in the 1990s. And she's not sure she agrees with at least one decision they made - not to teach her their language.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Though 18 year old Rayon Wright grew up surrounded with Jamaican culture and music, he wants more than anything to become a producer of Korean music and entertainment.

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Level Up

Monday, September 27, 2010

Video games are designed primarily with boys and men in mind -- and 17-year-old Radio Rookie Jessica Cernadas finds that very frustrating.


Rookies: On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This fall, we began a new broadcast workshop in Flushing, Queens in partnership with the Flushing YMCA. During the past month, the Rookies have started to roll through their lessons, putting their new skills to practice. They are well on their way to making their radio documentaries.

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10 Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, December 12, 2009

One of the Rookies asked me 'why is it that we have to throw the party on a brick cold day?' But, despite the arctic temperature and the wind chill factor Rookies from past and present showed up. We all came together and celebrated being a part of the Rookies family for the past 10 years and looking ahead to many more years.

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I Stand Corrected...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I felt like such a hypocrite. Here I am in Queens, challenging the teens to find a sense of connection to their community, possibly eradicate their assumptions, and change their views about the place, while I think to myself 'me? Start a radio workshop in Queens? How dreadful! Love the kids, just not Queens - it's my least favorite borough.' Come on! Can Queens really be anyone's favorite borough? But after the 5 weeks long workshop, these kids and their stories about flushing made me reevaluate.

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Radio Rookies Short Wave Queens Mapping Main Street Project

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The third round of Short Wave Rookies comes from Queens, NY. We collaborated with Mapping Main Street, a documentary project that set out to tell the stories of all the Main Streets in the United States.

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Steam Buns ‘R’ Us

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Three Radio Rookies set out to tell the story behind their favorite food on Main Street in Flushing. Steam Buns!


My Mother's Disease

Friday, October 09, 2009

At 17-years-old, Vikky Cruz struggles to cope with her mother's illness, a rare gentetic disease called neuroacanthytosis, and the ways it's taken over the mother she once knew.

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I'm Not Emo

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

When Josetta slipped into a depression, she started to listen to rock music that matched her mood. Her family and her community quickly labeled her as different. 

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Read a Book

Monday, December 01, 2008

Keith Harris had a secret when he started school in the U.S. for the first time: he didn't know how to read and write. 

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