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:

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


On Being Gay and Latino After Orlando

Friday, June 17, 2016

José Rivera is a gay man of Puerto Rican descent — he says the tragedy has lit a fire 


Local Democrats Filibuster to Force Vote on Gun Control

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lead by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, tri-state Senators want to ban sales to terror suspects.


Thousands Attend Stonewall Vigil for Orlando Victims

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mourners wiped away tears as they lay flowers at a makeshift memorial outside Stonewall's entrance, and inscribed victims names in chalk at the park across the street. 


Brooklyn Man Killed in Orlando Shooting Was a Family Man and Church-Goer

Monday, June 13, 2016

Enrique Rios, 25, is one of the 49 victims of the mass shooting that happened in Orlando over the weekend. He was born and raised in the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn. 

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Tony Awards Celebrate Talent — and Commemorate Loss

Monday, June 13, 2016

Art, the audience was reminded, is a solace in times of tragedy.


To Increase Transparency, State Releases More Test Questions

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Now the question turns to how state education officials respond to the scrutiny the tests receive.
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Review: 'Incognito' Is All Brain

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nick Payne is a dazzling playwright. But this Off Broadway production sacrifices feeling for thought.

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REVIEW: Two Tragic Tales of Love

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Two new Off-Broadway shows focus on historical love stories that have dire results.


Fed Officials Force Board of Elections to Address Voting Rights Questions

Friday, May 20, 2016

Could the voter purge have been prevented by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?


Review: Bianco Is a Rowdy Circus That's Literally in Your Face

Saturday, May 14, 2016

St. Ann's Warehouse is known for innovative theater. But this is new, even for them — a circus tent under the Brooklyn Bridge, right next to their Water Street space.