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:

NJ Transit, Facing Critical Challenges, Taps Insider to Lead Agency

Thursday, October 13, 2016

After not meeting publicly for four months, the board of NJ Transit finally convened — and appointed an agency veteran to try to turn the ship around.

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MTA Pulls Subway Ad Featuring Woman's Head in Plastic Bag

Friday, October 07, 2016

No surprise, this ad is raising hackles. 

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A Week After Hoboken Train Crash, Commuters Vent

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Sucks. Stinks. Miserable. Those are just a few reactions from NJ Transit commuters.

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Haitians in Brooklyn Anxiously Follow Hurricane Matthew's Path

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

As Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc in Haiti, ex-pats in Brooklyn try reaching family and friends on the island.


Commuter Train Crash Injures More Than 100 In Hoboken, N.J.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A commuter train crashed at the Hoboken station in New Jersey on Thursday just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.


New Jersey Train Crash Kills at Least One, Leaves 100 Wounded

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A devastating train accident took place during the morning rush hour commute in the city of Hoboken, New Jersey on Thursday.

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Ahead of Debate, Understanding Change on Long Island

Monday, September 26, 2016

Long Island, the sprawling suburb of nearly 8 million people, is undergoing significant demographic changes that have many residents on edge.

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Businesses on 23rd Street Hurting After Bomb Blast

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Traffic is flowing and many businesses are open for the first time since Saturday night's explosion in Chelsea, but many are suffering from 3 days without customers.


Police Commissioner Bratton Retires to Hum of Bagpipes

Friday, September 16, 2016

Bill Bratton retired from public service today following a three-year stint as New York Police Commissioner, his second time serving as NYPD head.


Music, Spies And Exact Change: The Strange History Of Electronic Tolls

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The surprising history of electronic toll collection can be traced back to the theremin and a Russian spy program. It's still in use, even as tollbooths are being eliminated.


Do Young People Care About Trump and Clinton's Age?

Monday, September 12, 2016

If Clinton wins the election at age 69, she'll be eight months younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected. Donald Trump will be 70. Does anyone care?

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How Skyscrapers Have Changed Since September 11th

Monday, September 12, 2016

When two planes crashed into the Twin Towers, architects knew skyscraper design would never be the same.

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Bouncing Back in the Catskills, 5 Years After Irene

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Towns like Margaretville and Phoenicia were devastated by Irene but have rebounded well.


A Centennial Birthday Dash Around New York's National Park Sites

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 today. WNYC's Stephen Nessen reports from NPS sites all over the city throughout the morning.


25 Years After Riots, Community Relationships in Crown Heights Are Complicated

Friday, August 19, 2016

A community rocked by violent riots now grapples with a wave of gentrification.


At Funeral Service for Murdered Imam, Calls for NYPD Protection

Monday, August 15, 2016

Many attending held signs reading "We Want Justice" and "Stop Hate Crimes."

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It's So Hot...Cockroaches Are Flying

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thanks to high temperatures, one of the city's most loathsome creatures has become even more loathsome. 

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Waiting for Violence to Break Out in East New York

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Brooklyn neighborhood leads the city in shooting deaths this year, but a 40-block oasis there is on a streak of no shootings. Meet the folks who say they're behind the trend.

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Upper West Side School Gets New Building, But Who Will Attend?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

An Upper West Side school with a high percentage of students from public housing will move to a new building in the fall of 2017. 
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Protesters 'Occupy' City Park, This Time Over Police Practices

Monday, August 01, 2016

A protest in City Hall Park marry the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement and recall the tactics of Occupy Wall Street.

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