Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen covers transportation for the WNYC Newsroom. 

Since 2008, his work 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. His stories are often featured on NPR, and his photos have been the subject of a Yahoo television show.

Read Stephen's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

40 years of Jamel Shabazz street photography gets personal in new Bronx exhibit

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A new exhibit of Jamel Shabazz’s images at the Bronx Museum of the Arts provides a window into the mind of one of New York’s finest artists.

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NYC Transportation Roundup

Monday, April 25, 2022

WNYC's transportation reporter Stephen Nessen joins with the latest news about the city's subways.

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Updates on the Brooklyn Subway Shooting

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

WNYC's Stephen Nessen updates the latest on the 36th St subway station shooting.

Multiple people shot at NYC subway station in morning rush hour

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

At least 5 people were shot in a Brooklyn subway station during morning rush hour. Authorities said they were still looking for a suspect — a man wearing an orange construction vest.


NYPD identifies a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shooting

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Officials have linked a set of keys to an abandoned U-Haul van found blocks from the Brooklyn shooting. Investigators say the van was rented by Frank R. James in Philadelphia.


Transportation News: The Stroller Bus Debate, AirTrain Alternatives, Penn Station Woes

Friday, April 01, 2022

Stephen Nessen, transportation reporter for the WNYC Newsroom, talks about the latest in city and state transportation.

MTA Removes "Headknockers" From Penn Station

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

The MTA's $600 million renovation of Penn Station has begun, starting with the removal of low-hanging beams.


Two weeks after mayor launches Subway Safety Plan, problems persist

Thursday, March 03, 2022

It’s been nearly 2 weeks since the city and state launched a new multi-pronged effort to reduce crime in the subways, amid an uptick in assaults. It’s called the Subway Safety Plan.

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Hochul drops mask mandates for schools Wednesday, Adams will wait a few more days

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul is lifting the state's indoor mask mandate for schools starting Wednesday. But New York City students will have to wait a little longer.


OMNY farecapping pilot starts Monday, weekly unlimited passes after 12 trips

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Starting Monday subway and bus riders using the OMNY payment method who take 12 trips will be automatically upgraded to a weekly unlimited pass. 

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MTA rolls out new safety measures to keep riders safe

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The MTA said this week that it agreed to install protective barriers on platforms at three stations as part of a pilot but the agency also has more immediate ways to keep riders safe.

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Subway safety and screen doors

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

This week, the MTA and city and state officials launched a subway safety effort − and also announced a plan to pilot protective screen doors at three subway stations. 

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MTA to pilot protective doors on platforms at 3 stations after years of saying it can’t

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The MTA says it will install protective barriers on platforms at three stations. This comes after Michelle Go was fatally shoved into an oncoming train in Times Square.


Adams and Hochul roll out new plan to increase subway safety, reduce homelessness

Friday, February 18, 2022

Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams joined forces to announce a new plan they say will make subways safer and address an ongoing mental health crisis in the city.

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Straphangers speak about subway safety, mental health a month after fatal shoving

Monday, February 14, 2022

Riders, city officials and advocates for unhoused populations describe how they’re approaching subway safety and dealing with the collective trauma from the Michelle Go tragedy. 


What's In the Box?

Friday, February 11, 2022

We invite our listeners to guess the mystery, news-related item.

Free fares could bring riders back to the MTA quicker, but at what cost?

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The MTA is still suffering from low ridership during the weekdays. What if the agency made riding free? 

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MTA clocks 3M riders, an omicron era record

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

The subways broke a week-day ridership record for the first time since the wave of Omicron cases hit the city. The MTA clocked 3 million riders on Tuesday.

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Ticket to Ride: the MTA Pilots Fare Capping

Monday, February 07, 2022

Later this month the MTA will begin a four-month fare capping pilot for OMNY users. If successful, it could become permanent.


Final Traffic Tally Confirms 2021, Deadliest Year For Traffic Deaths Since 2013

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

273 people were killed by vehicles.