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 365gay.com. 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:

A Provoking Play That Doesn't Pull Punches

Friday, February 27, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "An Octoroon," based on a slavery-era work, shocks and delights at Soho Rep.


City Takes New Tack Regulating Ultra-Orthodox Circumcision

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Health officials have linked oral suction to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Blazing Take on New York, the Revolution, and Alexander Hamilton

Friday, February 20, 2015

This is American history as seen through a New York lens.

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Still Winners: Westminster Champions in Retirement

Monday, February 16, 2015

Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners go on to become therapy dogs, working mothers, and lawn potatoes.


The Daily Indignities of Racism

Friday, February 13, 2015

The new Off-Broadway play "Rasheeda Speaking," starring Tony Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, is a stunning example of how racism can thrive on a micro level in everyday interactions.

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What Causes Breast Cancer? These Mothers and Daughters May Hold a Clue

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Researchers are looking into whether in utero chemical exposure may be linked to breast cancers in women like Jenny Singleton.

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Pregnant, With Cancer

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When Mary Harris was diagnosed with breast cancer, she gave up on having a second child. Then she found out she was pregnant.


For One Child, a Miracle Cancer Drug Is Hard to Come By

Monday, February 09, 2015

Kathy Liu thought she’d found a drug that could cure her 10-year-old son. There was only one problem: she couldn’t get it.

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Syrians in Trouble

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Syrian uprising of 2011 is a ripe topic for theater. But a new Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production doesn't do it justice.


This Stripped-Down 'Into the Woods' Stands Out

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Disney film version used lavish sets — but a scrappy little theater is bringing this musical to life with 11 actors and a piano.


First African-American Speaker in NYS Says He'll Tackle Ethics

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Carl Heastie said ethics reforms would happen under his watch.

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Protecting Immigrants Against Fraudulent 'Lawyers'

Monday, February 02, 2015

Immigrant New Yorkers in need of legal assistance are getting rights and protections under a new state law.


City Faults Bronx Defenders For Role in Violent, Anti-Cop Rap Video

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lyrics calling for violence against cops aren't unusual. But when a major city contractor is involved, officials took notice.

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The 'Golden Toad' Is Not — Well, Golden

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.


NYC's First Lady Announces a New Approach to Mental Health

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The first step is to diagnose the problem, says First Lady Chirlane McCray.

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Bad Idea: The Most Powerful Man in America Walks Home Through the Blizzard of 1888

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An epic snowstorm claims a famous victim, whose death was prompted by pride — and the 19th century version of an Uber price surge.

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Cuomo's Criminal Justice Reforms Facing GOP Pushback

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Cuomo proposed having an independent monitor review cases where a grand jury fails to indict after an officer kills an unarmed civilian. 


Beginning Again and Again in the Romantic Drama 'Constellations'

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are lovers who may — or may not — get together in Nick Payne's new play.


Supreme Court To Take Up Gay Marriage (Again)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.


What It's Like to Wear a Burqa — and a Bikini

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nadia P. Manzoor's autobiographical, one-woman show has a lot to say about women in Muslim communities.