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:

Review: A Hip-Hop 'Where Did We Sit on the Bus?' Never Answers the Question

Saturday, September 24, 2016

As a third grader, Brian Quijada asked: if blacks sat on the back of the bus during the Civil Rights movement and whites sat in the front, where did Latinos sit? 


Businesses on 23rd Street Hurting After Bomb Blast

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Traffic is flowing and many businesses are open for the first time since Saturday night's explosion in Chelsea, but many are suffering from 3 days without customers.


Urban Technology Companies Find a Home in Midtown Manhattan

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Hub at Grand Central Tech is a 50,000 square foot space where urban tech companies can find an affordable place to grow.


29 Injured in Chelsea Bomb Blast Released from Hospital; Motive Still Unknown

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo say the explosion was an intentional act designed to kill, but that it did not appear to be linked to international terrorism.


Review: 'The Wolves' Showcases the Passionate, Ordinary Teenage Girl

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sarah DeLappe's play does something completely unexpected: it shows us teenage girls without cliché.


At the Public Theater, Pulling Up a Chair at the Kitchen Table

Friday, September 16, 2016

In Richard Nelson's three-play cycle, we drop in on the Gabriel family during the election season. Like a lot of Americans, they wonder, who will make things better?


We Read the Candidates' Medical Letters. Here's What We Found.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Over the last week, Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton have both released medical letters from their doctors testifying to their fitness to serve.


North Jersey Republican Is a Top Target for Democrats Wanting to Reclaim US House

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Democrats say Republican Scott Garrett is out of touch with his district. But Garrett keeps proving them wrong.

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Review: New Play 'Caught' Says, You Can't Handle the Truth.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The play — if that's the right word — starts off with a lecture at an art gallery by a Chinese dissident artist. But is what he is telling us true?


From Naked Arms to Nude Knickers: A Tale of Women and Tennis

Friday, September 09, 2016

Changing attitudes about the display of women's bodies have played out for decades on the tennis court, especially at the U.S. Open.

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How September 11th Revealed the Real Hillary Clinton

Friday, September 09, 2016

Hillary Clinton's response to 9/11 displayed her intense compassion for underdogs and her tendency toward hawkishness.

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Inspired by Mariners on 9/11, One Photographer Found a Passion

Friday, September 09, 2016

Carolina Salguero talks about how the September 11 attacks set her on a path to advocate for the city's waterfront.


Disability Benefits Restored for New Firefighters

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Legislation restores a 75 percent disability benefit that had been cut in 2009, giving one young firefighter "comfort."


Fall Arts Preview: Celebrities, Plays and Great Shows Off Broadway

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Move over Hamilton! You've got competition. The 2016-17 theater season is starting and you'll want to stand in line for some of these productions.


In 'The Layover,' a Canceled Flight Leads to an Affair

Saturday, August 27, 2016

If you have a wife or a boyfriend, there's a point in any casual conversation with an attractive stranger that you should mention it. If you don't — you've crossed a line.


Key Player in Bridgegate Scandal Hired by Donald Trump Campaign

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bill Stepien, fired by Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal, has been hired by Trump to be his national field director.


Review: Three Great Shows, Back Off-Broadway

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Once an Off-Broadway production has closed, it's usually gone forever. But three shows are back, thanks to popular demand.


Late, Over Budget, the World Trade Center Mall Opens to Mixed Customer Reviews

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The mall which is operated by Westfield, contains 365,000 square feet of shopping and cost $4 billion in public money to build — twice the original projection.

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At Funeral Service for Murdered Imam, Calls for NYPD Protection

Monday, August 15, 2016

Many attending held signs reading "We Want Justice" and "Stop Hate Crimes."

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Jill Harth Speaks Out, Stands by Story of Being Sexually Assaulted by Donald Trump

Thursday, August 11, 2016

For 20 years, she's kept quiet. But that changed when an explosive New York Times story led Donald Trump to take to Twitter. 

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