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:
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The new play "Bright Half Life" captures the politics and emotional processing common in lesbian relationships back in the 80s and 90s, when very little about being gay was legal.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "An Octoroon," based on a slavery-era work, shocks and delights at Soho Rep.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Health officials have linked oral suction to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000.
Friday, February 20, 2015
This is American history as seen through a New York lens.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners go on to become therapy dogs, working mothers, and lawn potatoes.
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.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Researchers are looking into whether in utero chemical exposure may be linked to breast cancers in women like Jenny Singleton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Carl Heastie said ethics reforms would happen under his watch.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Immigrant New Yorkers in need of legal assistance are getting rights and protections under a new state law.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Lyrics calling for violence against cops aren't unusual. But when a major city contractor is involved, officials took notice.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The first step is to diagnose the problem, says First Lady Chirlane McCray.
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.
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.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are lovers who may — or may not — get together in Nick Payne's new play.
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.