Temitayo Fagbenle

Temitayo Fagbenle is an 18-year-old Rookie Reporter of Nigerian descent.  She attends high school in Manhattan and will graduate in January 2014.  In college Temi plans to major in Chillness with a minor in Social Justice.  She's blunt, hilarious, and very poker-faced most of the time, but when excited she's known to make baby dinosaur noises.  Temi dislikes phonies, though is willing to admit the very one who popularized the term is, in fact, a phony himself.



Temitayo Fagbenle appears in the following:

MLK Day Through the Eyes of Young People

Monday, January 19, 2015

Each year, the nation reflects on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But we also want to look forward and explore how his work might be carried into the future. 

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Teens are Losing More Sleep Than Ever

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

That most teenagers are walking around sleep deprived won't come as a shock to parents or teachers. Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle got her friends to share why they aren't sleeping.

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For Teens, Being Tired Is Normal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Biology makes teenagers want to stay up later, but school means they've got to be up early.

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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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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 Mary Jane Mindset: Teenagers and Marijuana

Thursday, May 09, 2013


As 17-year-old Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle puts it, "Once you reach high school, weed is a part of your life." Even if you don't smoke, marijuana is at parties, the corners and parks near schools, and sometimes in school stairwells.

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The Mary Jane Mindset: Rookies report on Marijuana

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Temitayo and Gemma spoke with nearly three dozen high school students who smoke weed to learn more about what they call "the Mary Jane mindset".

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Teens Tackle Sexual Cyberbullying at Town Hall

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


According to a group of New York City teenagers, sexually explicit content involving their classmates is a regular occurrence in their social media lives and mostly, they said, they ignored it and kept on scrolling. But they acknowledged that they could do more to limit the bullying and “slut shaming” they see.

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What's Going On? Teen Talk on Sexual Cyberbullying

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Teen hosts Temitayo and AJ facilitated a community conversation focused on what teenagers, educators, parents and social media sites can do to help stop this disturbing trend.

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Teens and Guns: Reflections from Radio Rookies

Thursday, January 31, 2013


We decided to check in with Rookie Graduates in different communities to ask them how they feel about guns. They rated how easy it is to get a gun in their neighborhood on a scale of 1 to 10 [1 being very easy, 10 being very hard]. 

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A Teenage Girl's Perspective on the Culture of Online Slut-Shaming

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Temitayo Fagbenle is sixteen-years-old, and like a lot of teenagers, she sees a lot of images online that fall squarely under the definition of sexual cyberbullying; or in layman’s te...

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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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Radio Rookies Hosts Live Chat For Teens on Sexual Cyberbullying

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Radio Rookies hosted an in-class live chat to coincide with a new story about sexual cyberbullying. Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle hosted a facilitated online conversation for high school students to discuss the issues her story brings to light.


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Kelly Talks NYPD’s Relationship with High Crime Neighborhoods

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Two Radio Rookie reporters got a chance to sit down with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to discuss the tactics of his police force and its impact in the community.


The Effect of Stop-and-Frisk in the Bronx

Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Radio Rookies walked the streets of the Bronx recently to learn more about how residents of the borough, which is 90 percent black and Latino, interact with the police. 


Radio Rookies: Through the Eyes of a Teen, A Look at Vertical Patrols in Public Housing

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three weeks ago, a police officer was shot while conducting a vertical patrol in a project on the Lower East Side. These vertical patrols are common practice in public housing.

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