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:

Rejected by Religion, Saved by God

Friday, December 19, 2014

When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.
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PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters

Monday, December 15, 2014

As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.
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The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 
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A Steampunk Fable About Injustice

Friday, December 12, 2014

The tale of Sacco and Vanzetti is told through multimedia wizardry and old fashioned storytelling in HERE Art Center's new production "Send for the Million Men."


They Were Angry, and Started a Revolution

Thursday, December 11, 2014

 "She’s Beautiful When She's Angry" is a new documentary about a group of women who started the feminist movement in the United States between 1966 and 1971.

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Why Can't We Know More About the Grand Jury Decision?

Friday, December 05, 2014

We were given very few facts about the grand jury proceedings in the death of Eric Garner. That's because New York keeps them secret.


Photos: NYC Reacts to Garner Grand Jury Decision

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Protests began almost immediately once it leaked that a grand jury decided not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner.


Staten Island Grand Jury Does Not Indict in Garner Case

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

After the decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the death of an unarmed black man, the Justice Department said it would conduct a civil rights investigation into Eric Garner's death.

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Why 160 Immigrant Teens Call an Old Bus Depot 'School'

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A Long Island district claims its main high school is full, but a state report found these new students aren’t getting proper instruction. The deadline for setting a new plan: today.

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Day 2 of Ferguson Protests in NYC

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Large groups of protesters marched across downtown Tuesday, snarling traffic and temporarily closing the FDR and the Lincoln Tunnel.

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Tweeting NYC's Ferguson Protests

Monday, November 24, 2014

WNYC reporter Fred Mogul — and fellow New Yorkers — tweeted what was happening as a gathering in anticipation of the Ferguson grand jury decision turned into a march.


In Defense of Straight White Men

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Playwright Young Jean Lee asks: What's a do-gooder liberal guy to do?


Conjoined Twins Searching for Love and Fame

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Broadway's reboot of "Side Show" showcases the big hearts in even the strangest characters.


When Loyalty and Freedom Are at Odds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Suzan-Lori Parks brings the first three plays of her nine-play cycle to the Public.


Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall Renaming Comes at a Price

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The performance space needs renovations and a donor to fund it — but who will become its new namesake? 

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Three Movie Stars, One Loveless Take on Marriage

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in a chilly production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," now on Broadway.


An Uncomfortable Conversation About Religion and Ethnicity

Saturday, November 01, 2014

A dinner party conversation turns brutal in Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Disgraced," now on Broadway.


The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

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It's the Women Who Light Up This 'Town'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Three sailors are at the center of the beloved musical "On the Town," with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein. But it's the female characters who make this production dance.


Disease Detectives Trace Doctor's Recent Moves

Thursday, October 23, 2014

City officials are fighting a dual threat in light of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York: the spread of the virus and potential panic.  

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