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:

Two NYPD Officers Shot in the Bronx

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The officers were shot on Thursday night, just miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was giving the State of the City address. Officials say their injuries are not life-threatening.


Review: 'Sojourners': A Beautiful New Play About the American Dream

Friday, January 29, 2016

Nigerian-American playwright Mfoniso Udofia's work is an incisive exploration of the choices immigrants must make to become Americans.


When a Raging Performance Poet Becomes a Mom

Friday, January 22, 2016

Staceyann Chin is known for her furious work, standing up for the rights of women, gay people and immigrants. But in her new show, she talks about how having a child transformed her.


'Our Mother's Brief Affair' Allows Linda Lavin to Shine

Friday, January 22, 2016

A new Broadway play by Richard Greenberg stars Lavin as a wry, complex matriarch.


De Blasio to Raise Minimum Wage for City Workers to $15 an Hour by 2018

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Speaking to WNYC in a broadcast exclusive, the mayor said it's part of his broader push to raise 800,000 New Yorkers out of poverty over 10 years.

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A Pay Bump for Restaurant Workers Comes Right Before the New Year

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New York restaurant owners have to pay their workers more starting Dec. 31.

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Clinicians Team with Police to Respond to Mentally Ill and Homeless

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Starting after the new year,  a group of 12 licensed social workers and psychologists will team with police officers to respond to calls involving those in a mental health crisis. 

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Homeless New Yorkers Question De Blasio's New Program

Friday, December 18, 2015

The city's new policy to deal with the record high homeless population will include a daily street canvassing and case mangers for each person. But homeless New Yorkers remain wary.


City Council Approves Brooklyn Heights Library Deal

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Proponents say it would provide much needed funds to the library system; opponents say say the new libraries will be too small.  

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Sen. Skelos and Son Found Guilty on All Counts

Friday, December 11, 2015

Former Sen. Dean Skelos and his son Adam have been found guilty on all counts of federal corruption.


'School of Rock' Hits High Notes — and Some Sour Ones

Friday, December 11, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new show, based on the 2003 movie, has charming, talented kids — and a flurry of gay stereotypes.


Expect a Little Bit of Everything in a Play That Wears Many Different 'Hats'

Saturday, December 05, 2015

 A new play at Manhattan Theater Club, "Important Hats of the Twentieth Century" is an outrageous mashup of noir, sci-fi and romcom set in 1937, 1998, and the year 8991. 


Zuckerberg May Have Learned Philanthropy Lessons from Newark

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Zuckerberg's first foray into large-scale philanthropy, in Newark, NJ, did not go as well as he had hoped.


Silver Guilty on All Counts

Monday, November 30, 2015

A federal court found former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of corruption.

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Untruths and Donald Trump

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is frequently called out on the accuracy of his claims. But his untruths aren't hurting his standing among supporters.


Former Port Authority Cop Claims She Was Fired For Reporting Harassment

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Marilyn Rey claims a police academy graduation party was designed to treat women as "sexual prey."

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Mayor Gets Personal While Announcing Ambitious Mental Health Initiative

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The plan has 23 new programs aimed at easing the stigma and making it easier to get help.

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'Dear Elizabeth': A Deep Friendship, Told in Letters

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A review of Sarah Ruhl's play about Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell at Women's Project Theater.


How Racist Was Woodrow Wilson?

Friday, November 20, 2015

The legacy of former President Woodrow Wilson is back in the spotlight after protests at Princeton University. 

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Review: Berlin Philharmonic's Beethoven Cycle

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WQXR music critic David Patrick Stearns reviews the orchestra's performance at Carnegie Hall.