Jennifer Vanasco

Jennifer Vanasco is an editor at WNYC, where she edits local reporting 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 for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She has also won awards from the New York State Broadcaster's Association, the Associated Press and the Webbys, has published work in anthologies, and was a fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She has taught journalism at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, is on the faculty of the critic's program at the O'Neill, and was invited by the U.S. State Department to coach Iraqi journalists on media ethics at the United Nations. She graduated from Wellesley. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

Father of Boy Killed By NYPD Remembered As Someone Who Sparked Decades of Activism

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Nicholas Heyward, Sr. launched a fight for justice after his boy was shot. Heyward's activism is credited with helping to lay the foundation for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Review: 'Choir Boy' An Emotional Dive Into the Prep School Struggles of One Gay Boy

Saturday, January 12, 2019

"Moonlight" writer Tarell Alvin McCraney has penned a spectacular — and spectacularly complex — character in Pharus. 

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For Some, the Bezos Behemoth Can't Get Here Fast Enough

Friday, January 11, 2019

Programmers at the most recent NYC Tech Meetup were bullish about how the company could boost the local tech scene and, perhaps, their fortunes.

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'The Jungle' Review: A New Play Illustrates the Heartbreak — and Happinesses — of a Refugee Camp

Sunday, December 23, 2018

"The Jungle" is based on a real place — a refugee camp in the port town of Calais, France.

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'Slave Play' Review: A Brave New Work That's Ferocious And Funny

Saturday, December 22, 2018

In Jeremy O. Harris's bold comedy, we can't get away from our country's poisonous history — but it's desire that complicates everything.

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Review: Aaron Sorkin's 'Mockingbird' Just Sounds Dated

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The new play based on the beloved book traffics in stereotypes and includes a liberal use of the "N" word.

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Review: Bryan Cranston Is 'Mad As Hell' in 'Network,' But Do We Care?

Saturday, December 08, 2018

The stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film is still set in the 1970s, but what was called "outrageously provocative" at the time now just seems like cable news.

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Bodegas Take Down Their Signs ... Just in Case

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Local businesses are taking precautions after seeing a strange uptick in 311 complaints that can result in thousands of dollars in fines.

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For Her 94th Birthday, Shirley Chisholm Gets a Statue

Friday, November 30, 2018

The first black woman to ever serve in Congress is getting a permanent monument in her hometown.

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City Council To Hold Hearings on Amazon Deal

Friday, November 30, 2018

City Council members say they plan to grill top officials from the city, state and Amazon itself at a series of hearings starting next month.

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Review: 'King Kong' - At Least the Puppet Is Amazing

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Something key is missing in the rest of this musical. Heart. Also, purpose. And passion.

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Review: Beauty Found, in an Ordinary Life in 'Thom Pain'

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The subtitle for this one-man show is "based on nothing," but playwright Will Eno shows how in the right hands, "nothing" can be extraordinary.

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After Months of Conflict, Mayor de Blasio Fires Embattled Watchdog

Friday, November 16, 2018

A recent report found that Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters abused his authority and wrongly fired staff who pushed back.

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Review: Terrified Mom of an "American Son" Tries to Get Police to Take Her Seriously

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Kerry Washington plays a mother whose son hasn't come home. It doesn't matter that he has a Lexus and attended private schools, she knows what this could mean. 

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Here's What Local Activists Learned From Working on the Midterms

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

WNYC checked in with grassroots organizers in the area to hear how they're pivoting to think ahead to 2020.

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New Democratic Majority Eager for Reforms — Maybe Too Eager, Cuomo Warns

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Elected to a third term with a "strong mandate," Cuomo cautions the incoming Democratic majority in the State Senate not to go too far left.

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City Consolidates Homeless Subsidies

Friday, November 02, 2018

This week the city simplified its rental assistance programs to help reduce record homelessness.

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Survivors of Domestic Violence Still Face Obstacles to Voting

Friday, November 02, 2018

Many survivors need to maintain their anonymity in order to feel safe voting. New York law only offers partial protections.

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Can Voters with Disabilities Get in the Door?

Friday, November 02, 2018

The New York City Board of Elections hasn't surveyed 228 poll sites, which could be out of compliance with federal laws.

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Shabbat Hashtag Invites Healing, Solidarity After Pittsburgh Shooting

Thursday, November 01, 2018

#ShowUpForShabbat encourages people of all faiths to attend services on Friday and Saturday. 

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