Radio Rookies Awards
Teenaged reporters pick up microphones and let down their guards in this series of remarkably immediate and illuminating first-person dispatches. - 2006 Peabody Judges
These stories - crisply written and tightly produced - give adults one of the best views of life through a young person's eyes since Peanuts' Charlie Brown. Clever, brash and irreverent, the simple truths emerge from the scripts and authentic sounds. - 2002 Casey Medal Judge's Comments
WNYC’s Radio Rookies took an unflinching look inside the world of teenagers...a fresh perspective and deep insight that only could be gathered and reported by youth. - 2013 America's Promise Alliance Judge's Comments
The series has an element of rawness, the feeling that these are real stories told by real people. - 34th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award Judge's Comments
Radio Rookies and Notes from America with Kai Wright won a Gracie Award for best radio documentary for “Half of My Parents, All of Me,” an honest and deeply personal story from Folashade Olatunde about her journey to reconnect with her dad, who’s been incarcerated since she was two years old.
Radio Rookies and YR Media won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation for “18-to-29 Now: Young America Speaks Up,” a collaboration with young contributors from across the country who came together to report on the issues that mattered most to them leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
Shamari Ridley won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting in the Large Market Radio category for his piece, “Trying to Graduate From High School at 21.”
WNYC won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice.” About Caught, the jury said, “With gripping personal stories and tense intimate scenes, this nine-episode podcast revealed a web-like juvenile justice system and explored its devastating long term effects on young people.”
Corinne Bobb-Semple won the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Salute to Excellence” award for Best Radio Feature for her piece, “Gentrification: Feeling Like an Outsider in Your Own Neighborhood.”
Alexia Richbourg won a Gracie Award for Best Radio Documentary for her piece, “Seven Schools Later, One Student's View of Segregation.”
Corinne Bobb-Semple won the RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting: Hard news for her piece, “Gentrification: Feeling Like an Outsider in Your Own Neighborhood.”
Alexia Richbourg was a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Salute to Excellence” award for Best Radio Commentary for her piece, “Seven Schools Later, One Student's View of Segregation.”
Destiny Mabry, Rainy and Beth won the New York Festivals Radio Gold Award for “Crushed: Teens and Dating Abuse”.
Jairo Gomez's story, "Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teens's Take on Life in Poverty" won the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Audio News Documentary.
Marvin Ramos' story, “Trying to Do It Right and Not Repeat a Father’s Mistakes,” won the 2015 NY State Broadcasters Association’s Excellence in Broadcasting Award for Outstanding Feature Story.
Temitayo Fagbenle and Gemma Weiner won the National Association of Black Journalists’ “Salute to Excellence” award for Best Radio Feature for their piece, The Mary Jane Mindset: Teenagers and Marijuana.
American Heaven reported by Danielle Motindabeka won the 2013 Child Welfare League of America's Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families.
Unfolding My World: Reports from WNYC’s Radio Rookies won the 2013 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism and the America’s Promise Alliance 2013 Journalism Award with reports from Mike Brown, Selena Brown, Chantell Clarke, Temitayo Fagbenle, Ephraim Frommer, Bree Person, Danielle Motindabeka, Sabrina Smith, and Tangeneka Taylor.
Radio Rookies' Staten Island workshop series, received a 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism Award for Youth Media.
Erin Reeg's "Daughter of a Survivor" won Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Awards for National Writing.
Michael Jacobson's "Nothing's Ever Permanent in Foster Care" won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting.
Alexis Gordon won the New York State Broadcasters Association Award for Best Feature story.
Radio Rookie Alexis Gordon wins the NY State AP Broadcasters Association Award for Best New Special/Documentary.
Radio Rookie Rayon Wright wins the 2011 Gabriel Award for best local release Arts programming.
Radio Rookies receives the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Radio for its series of stories, "This is the South Bronx."
The "This is the South Bronx" series receives the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism.
A series of stories from the East Crotona Park workshop wins the Alliance for Women in Media's Gracie Award for Outstanding Series.
Radio Rookie Amon "AJ" Fraizer's story, "Promotion in Doubt" was a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists' Award for Long Form Radio News.
Radio Rookies series "Growing Up in the System" receives the inaugural America's Promise Alliance Journalism Award, inspired by the late Tim Russert, an Alliance board member.
Josetta Adams' story, "I'm Not Emo," wins a National Association of Black Journalists 2009 Salute to Excellence award for the best Radio-Feature category.
Victoria Cruz's "Best Couple" story receives the first Sidney Award. The Sidney Awards is a new monthly award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation honoring an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism.
Radio Rookies series "Growing Up in the System" receives 2009 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in the Radio Category.
Keith Harris' "Read a Book" wins 2009 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting category.
In October 2008, Shirley Diaz's story won the Third Coast International Audio Festival's Silver Award for Best Documentary.
Radio Rookies received a National Coming Up Taller Award at a White House Ceremony in recognition of outstanding arts and humanities programs for children.
The Radio Rookies Mosholu workshop has been recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2005.
Radio Rookies received an Excellence in Education award from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ).
Radio Rookies received the Unity Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) for News Organizations that Celebrate Diversity for stories from the Lower East Side and Midwood workshops.
Radio Rookies received the 2004 South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) Special Project on South Asians in North America Award for stories from the Midwood workshop.
Radio Rookies received a Special Merit Award in the 2004 NFCB Golden Reel Awards and was a runner-up in the 2004 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism contest for stories from the Lower East Side and Midwood workshops.
Saint George Rookie Jaimita Haskell's report Tracking wins Second Place in the News Feature -- Student Division category of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Award Contest.
Radio Rookies was named winner of the 34th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for stories from the Bushwick and Hunts Point workshops.
Radio Rookies Flushing documentaries won the Asian American Journalism Association Award (AAJA) for covering Asian American issues.
WNYC's Radio Rookies wins a National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) 2002 Golden Reel Award for pre-produced local public affairs programming for stories from the Bushwick and Hunts Point workshops.
Hunts Point Rookie Janesse Nieves was regional winner of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Award for Literature/Journalism.
Radio Rookies was runner-up for the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in radio.
The Harlem Radio and Photography Project was awarded first place by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for Best Local Documentary Program or Series.
The Harlem Radio and Photography Project wins the Heart of New York award from the New York Press Club.