Jennifer Vanasco

Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC where she edits the newscast for air and web and is the newsroom's theater critic.

She previously was the Minority Reports columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, where she analyzed how the mainstream media covered social minorities, and the editor in chief of MTV's LGBT news and politics website Her nationally-syndicated, weekly newspaper column Common Life ran w for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She was a full-time theater critic in Chicago and taught journalism for 10 years at the University of Chicago's Graham School. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

In 'The Layover,' a Canceled Flight Leads to an Affair

Saturday, August 27, 2016

If you have a wife or a boyfriend, there's a point in any casual conversation with an attractive stranger that you should mention it. If you don't — you've crossed a line.


Key Player in Bridgegate Scandal Hired by Donald Trump Campaign

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bill Stepien, fired by Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal, has been hired by Trump to be his national field director.


Review: Three Great Shows, Back Off-Broadway

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Once an Off-Broadway production has closed, it's usually gone forever. But three shows are back, thanks to popular demand.


Late, Over Budget, the World Trade Center Mall Opens to Mixed Customer Reviews

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The mall which is operated by Westfield, contains 365,000 square feet of shopping and cost $4 billion in public money to build — twice the original projection.

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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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Jill Harth Speaks Out, Stands by Story of Being Sexually Assaulted by Donald Trump

Thursday, August 11, 2016

For 20 years, she's kept quiet. But that changed when an explosive New York Times story led Donald Trump to take to Twitter. 

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De Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan Being Tested in Inwood

Thursday, August 11, 2016

An important early test of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan has run into local opposition, which delayed a vote earlier this week.

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On Ellis Island, 'Ragtime' Confronts Racial Injustice

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A 22-year-old director brought the 1998 musical about immigration and race to Ellis Island for one night only.


A $2.7 Billion Plan to Restart Construction on NJ Megamall

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

After years of delay, the developer of a planned 2.9 million square foot shopping center known as American Dream has begun to explain how they plan to finish construction.


In Albany, Pay Raises Are a Political Bomb—And Now It's Going Off

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

One member of the Legislative Pay Commission wants a big raise for legislators. Others say, not so fast.


Investigation of Blowtorch Bank Robberies Yields Three Arrests

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Three Brooklyn men allegedly used the tools to cut holes in the roofs of two banks, stealing about $5 million in cash and valuables.


From Soviet Russia to the Tappan Zee Bridge, A Short History of the E-ZPass

Monday, July 25, 2016

The surprising history of the E-ZPass includes Russian spies, the world's first electronic musical instrument, and the time government bureaucracy made your life more efficient. 

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Tappan Zee Crane Collapse Frustrating Your Commute? Here Are Some Tips

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Although several lanes have reopened, traffic remains brutal.


Crane Collapses on Tappan Zee Bridge

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Governor Cuomo said all but the southernmost lane would be reopened by the Wednesday morning commute.

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Final Section of Rockaway Boardwalk Opens for July 4th Weekend

Friday, July 01, 2016

The completion of the final stretch marks the first time since Sandy the entire 5.5 mile boardwalk will be open.


Wright Concedes to Espaillat in NY13

Thursday, June 30, 2016

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat has secured the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel


Board Freezes Rents on Stabilized Apartments Once Again

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Guidelines Board voted not to allow rent increases on one-year leases, and allow 2 percent increases on two-year leases. 

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President Obama Designates Stonewall Inn a National Monument

Friday, June 24, 2016

The new 7.7-acre Stonewall Inn National Monument will encompass the bar, an adjacent park and surrounding streets in Greenwich Village.


Congressional Primary Candidates Debate Future of 13th District

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The candidates hoping to succeed 23-term Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel took the stage at Hostos Community College in the Bronx Monday night.


REVIEW: A Carnival Atmosphere for This 'Taming of the Shrew'

Saturday, June 18, 2016

It's a tricky play to stage in our contemporary era — but Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production for "Shakespeare in the Park" brings is fun and frisky