Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition

Since 2008, his work at WNYC has varied from chronicling the transformation of the World Trade Center through photos and radio stories, to profiling the city’s most unique characters, like a tabloid crime photographer, Mohawk Ironworker and Cuban Salsa legend Arsenio Rodriguez. He spent a year reporting on the oldest family in one of the city’s oldest public housing projects for a four part series. During Hurricane Sandy, he reported extensively in Brooklyn and Queens and continues to report on recovery in the Rockaways. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

Corporate Lobbyist Is Behind New Anti-Union Subway Ads in City

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A lobbyist known for creating shadowy non-profit organizations launched an ad campaign blaming New York's union labor for bad subway performance.

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New York's Business Leaders to Talk About Funding Gateway Tunnel Project

Friday, March 16, 2018

With Trump working actively to not fund let Congress give funds to the Gateway Project, local businesses are ready to talk about a private funding scheme to get the project moving.

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After Driver Kills Kids, Mayor Calls for Stiffer Penalties for Errant Motorists

Thursday, March 15, 2018

De Blasio wants to close two big loopholes that let the driver in the fatal crash behind the wheel despite eight moving violations and an apparent medical condition.

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Federal Government Joins Lawsuit Against the MTA

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is joining in a lawsuit against the MTA over one subway station in the Bronx. 

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Passenger's Bag May Have Hit Fuel Switch Before Copter Crash in East River

Sunday, March 11, 2018

A private charter helicopter hired for a photo shoot crashed into the East River on Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, killing five passengers aboard. The pilot survived.

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The Winning Idea for the MTA Genius Award? Longer Trains

Friday, March 09, 2018

The MTA has chosen six winners in its $3 million competition. 

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City Council Speaker Might Break with de Blasio and Fund Subway Plan

Thursday, March 08, 2018

While de Blasio has refused to pay half of the $836 million Subway Action Plan, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he's open to it.

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Traffic Expert Says Uber Congestion Pricing Should Be $50 an Hour

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

If a congestion pricing plan is going to reduce traffic, Bruce Schaller argues the fee should be by the hour, and steep.

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City to Examine Park Slope Intersection After Two Kids Die

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The mayor faced dozens of protesters at a rally outside the Park Slope YMCA, and advocates are pushing for changes anytime the city repaves a street, after two children died Monday.

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Met Museum's New $25 Admission Policy Gets Mixed Reviews

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's pay-what-you-wish-but-you-must-pay-something admissions policy is over. Some visitors decided it was no longer worth a visit.

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New Bomb Detectors Coming to Penn Station, Aren't Quite State of the Art

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The TSA and Amtrak are piloting devices in Penn Station meant to thwart bomb attacks. But other cities are already trying out far more advanced technology.

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Marking the 25th Anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dozens attended the annual ceremony for the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Many former Port Authority employees consider it a yearly family reunion.


Transit Advocates to Hold Pop-Up Civics Lessons for Commuters

Sunday, February 25, 2018

With just over a month until the state budget is due, transit advocates will hold pop-up civics lessons in subway stations to educate the public on who runs — and who funds — the MTA.

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The Future of Gateway is in Congress' Hands

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leaders behind the Gateway Project are running out of options for funding, after President Trump's budget and infrastructure plan did nothing to advance the project.

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Trump's Infrastructure Plan Leaves Future of Gateway Project Uncertain

Monday, February 12, 2018

President Trump's $1.3 trillion infrastructure plan doesn't specifically address the Gateway Project, but it probably wouldn't help it either.  

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After 2 Crashes, NJ Transit and LIRR Finally Screening for Sleep Disorders Properly

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The NTSB finds the railroad agencies have made progress, but they have a way to go, in detecting sleep apnea, the  the cause of two recent crashes.

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Riders Grill the MTA Over L Train Shutdown at First Open House

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

For the first time since the MTA released its L train shutdown plans, the public had a chance to talk with the agency about it.

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Cuomo Proposes New Way to Fund MTA, but Re-hashes Old Feud with City

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The state wants to usurp the city's power to collect property taxes in some key transportation hubs, like Penn Station, and city representatives are furious.

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This Week in Politics: NJ's New Gov Needs a Mussolini Moment

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Phil Murphy calls NJ Transit a "national disgrace." So what's he gonna do to make the trains run on time?

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The Cost of Fixing the Subways? $11.52 per Car, Panel Says

Friday, January 19, 2018

The latest attempt to impose congestion pricing on vehicles driving into Manhattan's core comes as subway service is on a sharp decline.

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