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:

De Blasio Accuses Cuomo of Playing Political 'Games' at City's Expense

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mayor de Blasio unleashed harsh words on Gov. Cuomo and the State Senate, vowing he won't play by their rules any longer.


Listen: Pride Marchers Chant About Gay Marriage

Sunday, June 28, 2015

People marching in the Pride parade chanted "All states" as they marched through Greenwich Village, celebrating Friday's Supreme Court gay marriage decision.


More Cops on the Beat in New Plan, Mayor Says

Friday, June 26, 2015

A pilot version of the new policing plan is already underway in four precincts across the city — people are already starting to notice a difference.

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A 'Tempest' Without Thunder

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Not even the enchanted setting of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park can make this production stormy or passionate.


Hulk Hogan Lawsuit Might Spell End of Gawker Media

Friday, June 12, 2015

The company is staring down a $100 million lawsuit after posting a sex tape starring the wrestling icon in 2012.


Yes, It's June and the MTA Doesn't Have Capital Program Funding Yet

Monday, June 08, 2015

It traditionally takes Albany several months to pass the MTA's five-year capital program. But this year, it looks like it will remain unfinished business.
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Hear the Triple Crown Crowd Go Crazy Over American Pharoah Win

Saturday, June 06, 2015

As American Pharoah entered the home stretch, the crowd at Belmont screamed.

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LIRR Also a Winner at the Belmont Stakes

Saturday, June 06, 2015

The Long Island Rail Road was seeking to heal its bruised reputation after last year's fiasco.


American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown

Saturday, June 06, 2015

In the stands, people screamed and tore off their hats, embraced, and waved betting tickets in the air.


The Tony Awards Are Here! A Look Back at the Nominated Shows

Friday, June 05, 2015

The singing, dancing, annual extravaganza is back. Want to catch up on which show is which? WNYC theater critic Jennifer Vanasco looks back on what she thought of the shows at the time.


Barnard Set to Admit Transgender Women

Thursday, June 04, 2015

One of the original "Seven Sisters" will now admit women who were considered male at birth. 

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Baldwin as a Rock and Roll Figure

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

A new musical is inspired by James Baldwin, who fled to Europe to escape prejudice in the United States.


Activist: Caitlyn Jenner Doesn't Show Trans Reality

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

For most transgender people, rich, white Caitlyn Jenner is not the reality. 


Pirate Queens Singing Shanties in Red Hook

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A show about pirates. Performed on the water, and it's spring. What's not to like?


Last Night to See the Lively, Ethereal Illuminated Sculptures at Wave Hill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's a rare treat to experience the beautiful Bronx garden in the changing light of the setting sun.

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A Tale Told By an Idiot

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Based on the first part of Faulkner's seminal work, Elevator Repair Service's "The Sound and the Fury" immerses the audience in a chaotic, and at times incomprehensible, world.


Brooklyn Museum Names New Director

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creative Time's Anne Pasternak is the woman behind the Domino Sugar Factory sphinx.

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A Sailboat and Free Ice Cream in Central Park. It's Art

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Drifting in Daylight" from Creative Time features eight free, participatory artworks in the northern part of the park.


Chinese Fashion Takes Over the Met

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A new show features Chinese-inspired gowns by designers like Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Guo Pei, who created that yellow dress for Rihanna.


Rooting for the Devilish Chita Rivera

Saturday, May 09, 2015

 At 82, the actress can command an audience with a tilt of her head, and get us to root for greed and revenge.