Jennifer Vanasco

News Editor, WNYC News

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 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:

Review: 'Kiss Me Kate" Is Vunderbar

Saturday, March 16, 2019

This buoyant, joyful production brings the house down with witty choreography and a recalibrated story.

Comments [3]

Review: In 'Daddy,' No One Listens to What Franklin Wants

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Jeremy O. Harris' play showcases a power struggle between a man's mother and his lover.


Review: A Stripped-Down Production of "Merrily We Roll Along" Gleams

Sunday, March 03, 2019

This work of Stephen Sondheim's may not be his best — but this production from Fiasco Theater brings out its warmth.

Comments [4]

Review: 'Superhero' Is a Charming New Musical for Adults

Saturday, March 02, 2019

A wonderful premise for a musical — that doesn't always soar.


The Real "Green Book" Started as a Guide to New York City

Friday, March 01, 2019

The new documentary "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom" highlights the roots of the book that helped black people travel the U.S. safely during Jim Crow. 

Comments [4]

After Detective's Death, 'A Lot of Hurt Going on in the 102'

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NYPD officials provided more details of how an armed robbery unfolded in Queens. The incident left a veteran detective dead from a shot fired by a fellow officer. 


Police Officer Killed by Friendly Fire During Armed Robbery in Queens

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This is the first death of an officer on duty this year. 

Comments [1]

Emotions Run High in LGBTQ Community Following Alleged Attack on Actor Jussie Smollett

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Following the alleged racist and homophobic attack on singer and Empire actor Jussie Smollett, both celebrities and non-celebrities make a plea to be seen. 

Comments [5]

'True West' Review: Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Face Off

Saturday, January 26, 2019

In Sam Shepard's classic play, rival brothers try to sabotage each other in their quest for the American Dream.


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. 


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.


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.

Comments [2]

'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.


'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.

Comments [1]

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.

Comments [7]

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.


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.

Comments [5]

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.

Comments [1]

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.

Comments [2]

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.