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:

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.


New York City Board of Elections Apologizes for Brooklyn Voter Purge — But Dismisses Calls for Reform

Friday, May 13, 2016

It was supposed to be a conversation about dollars and cents. But a Friday afternoon budget hearing for the Board of Elections spent more time on another topic: the Brooklyn voter purge.

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Yet Again, a Once-Powerful Politician Faces Prison

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Former state senator falls from grace, and drags his family with him.


A Month Into a Strike, Verizon Workers Are Discouraged

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Union chief Joan Rodriguez is one of thousands of Verizon workers who are on strike, and struggling to stay optimistic.

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Review: "Revolt" Attacks a World Made by Men

Saturday, May 07, 2016

"Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again" uses short scenes, a bare set and a cast of four to assault misogynist mores in humorous, unexpected ways.

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Even at the Tony's, It's Not All About 'Hamilton'

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Even if you can't secure a golden Hamilton ticket, there's plenty of good theater on Broadway. And if these plays don't win a Tony, they're likely to close.


A Little Brown Bird, Struggling to Hang On

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

WNYC's Wild NYC project is taking a look at some of the diversity of wildlife in the city. But not all of the wildlife here is doing so well. 

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New York Sees Spike in Diversity on Theater Stages

Monday, May 02, 2016

Stage productions saw a major increase in Asian American representation, but on Broadway, African American and Latino actors languished.