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:

Untruths and Donald Trump

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is frequently called out on the accuracy of his claims. But his untruths aren't hurting his standing among supporters.


Former Port Authority Cop Claims She Was Fired For Reporting Harassment

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Marilyn Rey claims a police academy graduation party was designed to treat women as "sexual prey."


Mayor Gets Personal While Announcing Ambitious Mental Health Initiative

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The plan has 23 new programs aimed at easing the stigma and making it easier to get help.

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'Dear Elizabeth': A Deep Friendship, Told in Letters

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A review of Sarah Ruhl's play about Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell at Women's Project Theater.


How Racist Was Woodrow Wilson?

Friday, November 20, 2015

The legacy of former President Woodrow Wilson is back in the spotlight after protests at Princeton University. 

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Review: Berlin Philharmonic's Beethoven Cycle

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WQXR music critic David Patrick Stearns reviews the orchestra's performance at Carnegie Hall.


NYPD Beefs Up City Security After Paris Attacks, But That Doesn't Mean People Feel Safer

Monday, November 16, 2015

Following the terror attacks in Paris, many feel the city's soft targets remain vulnerable.

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A Taut Brooklyn Tragedy in 'A View From the Bridge'

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WNYC's theater critic says this play from Arthur Miller is made even more menacing by director Ivo van Hove.


It’s Official: NYPD Officers Receive 1 Percent Raises

Friday, November 13, 2015

State arbitrator Howard Edelman says New York's finest are just that. But he could not justify the 17 percent raise they wanted.

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Women Prisoners Play Kings in 'Henry IV'

Friday, November 13, 2015

The London import at St. Ann's Warehouse is set in a women's prison.

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Schneiderman: ‘No-ish’ to 2018 Gov Bid

Thursday, November 12, 2015

As New York State's Attorney General makes headlines, Eric Schneiderman's political future is more of a toss up. 


Loyalties Clash Without Complexity in Broadway's 'Allegiance'

Monday, November 09, 2015

"Allegiance" tells an important story. But it tells it with such little style or wit or complexity that the impact of it doesn't come through.


'Songbird' Takes on Chekhov and Makes It Really Sing

Saturday, October 31, 2015

It's a brilliant idea, to set an adaptation of Chekhov's "The Seagull" in a honky-tonk.


'Sylvia' Is a Good 'Dog'-gone Time

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sylvia is a dog — but she's played by Annaleigh Ashford in A.R. Gurney's play.


Thousands Mourn Slain NYPD Officer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Randolph Holder was killed Oct. 20

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Smooth Sailing for 'Dames at Sea'

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's not deep, but it's fun and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. You might just find yourself tap dancing home.


NYC's First Lady to Open Gracie Mansion So Visitors Can Enjoy the Art

Friday, October 23, 2015

Public tours of the new art collection begin next month.


James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson Have Chemistry — That's the Trouble

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The actors are so tender toward each other that we don't believe it when their claws come out.

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Powerful 'Eclipsed' Shines Off Broadway

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A story about Liberian women in a war zone stars Lupita Nyong'o and a radiant ensemble.


'Barbecue' Fires Up the Public Theater

Saturday, October 10, 2015

In lesser hands, the bombshells this play drops would be a gimmick. But playwright Robert O'Hara is smarter than that.

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