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 365gay.com. 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:

A White Guy Walks into a Black Barbershop

Monday, March 30, 2015

As high-end restaurants and luxury condos come to represent a diversifying Harlem, the barbershops remain largely black establishments. But patrons and shop owners are starting to adapt.

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Architecture Treasures from Latin Mega-Cities

Saturday, March 28, 2015

 “The goal was to correct the fact I was taught nothing about Latin America with three degrees in architecture," said MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll about the new exhibition.


At Least 12 Injured in 'Gas-Related' Explosion and Fire on 2nd Avenue

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Firefighters expected to be on site all night at the scene of an explosion and fire that tore through 4 buildings on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street. 

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An Ironic Ode to Photography

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In an era when everyone is a photographer, Polish artist Piotr Uklański is trying to make sense of the medium with his new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.

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Kristin Chenoweth Charms in 'On the Twentieth Century'

Friday, March 20, 2015

This revival is set on a luxury passenger train in the 1930s, and it's the actress who keeps it from going off the rails.

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The Fun and Dark World of Makeup

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Like her daughter Lena Dunham, photographer Laurie Simmons offers a fresh look at our notions of beauty with her new exhibit at the Jewish Museum.

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Architect Michael Graves Transformed Ordinary Architecture and Objects

Friday, March 13, 2015

His colleague, architect Peter Eisenman, called Graves "the consummate artist." 


Helen Mirren Plays the Queen on Broadway

Friday, March 13, 2015

The play "The Audience" comes from the same team as the Academy Award-winning film "The Queen."


Rezoning's Promise of Bigger Buildings Might Push People Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Activists want the mayor to talk it out with neighborhood mainstays.


'Don Quixote' in Paintings and Tapestry

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The knight-errant who fought against windmills and imaginary dragons inspired the new exhibit at the Frick Collection.


Lesbian Love, Cut Into Fragments

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The new play "Bright Half Life" captures the politics and emotional processing common in lesbian relationships back in the 80s and 90s, when very little about being gay was legal.


A Provoking Play That Doesn't Pull Punches

Friday, February 27, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "An Octoroon," based on a slavery-era work, shocks and delights at Soho Rep.


City Takes New Tack Regulating Ultra-Orthodox Circumcision

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Health officials have linked oral suction to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Blazing Take on New York, the Revolution, and Alexander Hamilton

Friday, February 20, 2015

This is American history as seen through a New York lens.

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Still Winners: Westminster Champions in Retirement

Monday, February 16, 2015

Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners go on to become therapy dogs, working mothers, and lawn potatoes.


The Daily Indignities of Racism

Friday, February 13, 2015

The new Off-Broadway play "Rasheeda Speaking," starring Tony Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, is a stunning example of how racism can thrive on a micro level in everyday interactions.

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What Causes Breast Cancer? These Mothers and Daughters May Hold a Clue

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Researchers are looking into whether in utero chemical exposure may be linked to breast cancers in women like Jenny Singleton.

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Pregnant, With Cancer

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When Mary Harris was diagnosed with breast cancer, she gave up on having a second child. Then she found out she was pregnant.


For One Child, a Miracle Cancer Drug Is Hard to Come By

Monday, February 09, 2015

Kathy Liu thought she’d found a drug that could cure her 10-year-old son. There was only one problem: she couldn’t get it.

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Syrians in Trouble

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Syrian uprising of 2011 is a ripe topic for theater. But a new Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production doesn't do it justice.