Veralyn Williams

Veralyn Williams is a Radio Rookies' graduate. Her first story, "Legal Status" was a part of the Mosholu workshop, which was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2005. Since then she has gone on to produce other stories for Rookies, and worked as a Rookies Producer to teach new rookies to do the same. Veralyn has also worked with various departments at WNYC Radio, including news and culture, and produces independent work for her website, Currently, Veralyn is Managing Editor of Brooklyn Deep, a digital investigative news, analysis, and data website chronicling neighborhood change in Central Brooklyn. Through all of her endeavors, she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten in the media.


Veralyn Williams appears in the following:

Gentrification: Feeling Like an Outsider in Your Own Neighborhood

Monday, November 14, 2016

For kids growing up in fast-changing neighborhoods, the change can be destabilizing. Rookie reporter Corinne Bobb-Semple shares what the changes in Bed-Stuy have meant to her.

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Seven Schools Later, One Student's View of Segregation

Friday, November 04, 2016

It’s frustrating that so few students know there are differences between predominantly black and white schools. My older sisters and I know. We lived them. 

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The End of Tell Me More

Friday, June 20, 2014

NPR recently announced that Tell Me More would be cancelled due to financial constraints. As journalist Veralyn Williams put it, it's "The End of NPR's Blackest Show." Brooke talks with Williams and Keith Woods, NPR's VP of Diversity in News and Operations, about the loss and what it means for diversity at NPR. 

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Digital Waves Festival Live Chats

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Feel free to bounce between the three chats or stick with the one that most interests you. You can log in at the bottom of each chat using your Facebook or Twitter account.


Op-Ed: My Own Path to Citizenship

Thursday, February 14, 2013

"The ceremony took hours, but it wasn't until I walked out with my citizenship certificate that I finally felt claimed."

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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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Obama Speaks to “Dreamers," Rookie Response: Deferred Action is not enough

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On Sunday, January 20th, President Obama was officially sworn in to his second term as president, but yesterday he shared his moment with the public at the inauguration ceremony. There were many great moments of the entire day, but Obama’s speech is what most people were waiting for (that and Beyonce’s singing of course)!

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The Evolution of Teen Gossiping and Bullying: Told by Radio Rookie Reporters

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

By giving New York City teenagers the tools to tell stories specific to their realities for over a decade, it is no surprise that Radio Rookies’ stories reflect how some teen issues have evolved over the years. This is especially true when it comes to the thin line between gossiping and bullying. Going through the Rookies archive, one can hear how the emergence of the internet and social media has amplified this issue.

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American Dream - Minus My Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.


Sickle and Me

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia. Radio Rookie Bree Person hates talking about Sickle cells – but she put together this report nevertheless.


Sandy in The Rockaways: When the Ocean Met the Bay

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jessica Klein grew up in The Rockaways, and Rookie Grad turned Rookie Producer, Veralyn Williams followed her as she made her way to her parents' house after the storm.

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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. 


Rookies Anniversary

Monday, November 09, 2009

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Radio Rookies, two former rookies, Jesus Gonzalez, Youth Power community organizer for Make the Road By Walking, and Veralyn Williams, freelance TV, radio producer, reporter, and editor, share excerpts of their pieces and discuss how the program affected their lives.

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Young Journalists

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Veralyn Williams, freelance TV and radio producer, reporter, editor and former Radio Rookies participant, Giovanni Mato, editor-in-chief of Word on the Street, a publication of the Youth Power Project at Make the Road NY, and Jennifer Nedbalsky, co-founder and organizer of the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition, ...

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Excitement as "Hair" Readies to Open

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Public Theater's 40th anniversary presentation of the musical, "HAIR," opens Thursday night, but it's already creating quite a buzz. The line for tonight's preview performance was five blocks long. Dan O'Brian was near the end of that line, but he didn't want to leave, ...


Advocates Push for Law to Decriminalize Sex Trade for Teens

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Advocates hoping to decriminalize teen sex crimes are urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill that would offer young people assistance in getting out of the sex trade, instead of jail time.

The "Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act" would not hold children under age ...


Haitian Groups Demand Justice in 'Toto' Trial

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Haitian activist groups rallied outside the State Supreme Court earlier today in protest of the trial of Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, the former leader of the Haitian government's paramilitary group, FRAPH, the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti.

They are accused of overseeing the torture ...


Knockoff Dealer Busted, DA Says

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Truckloads of knockoff high-end and everyday items are no longer available on the streets.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the apprehension of an alleged operator of a $16 million smuggling and counterfeiting business.

Hynes says buyers should beware that when you purchase a knockoff from an ...