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:

Irish 'Warrior Sport' of Hurling about to Bust Out at Citifield

Friday, November 15, 2019

The action will be swift and fierce as four of the best teams from Ireland play a mini-tournament with modified rules.

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"Sesame Street" Has Roots In New York City's Black Community

Monday, November 11, 2019

The heart of "Sesame Street" when it first launched was in Harlem, around 110th Street.


The Get Out: Youth Activism

Friday, November 08, 2019

Jennifer Vanasco on youth activism happening around the city this weekend. 


The Women Who Sketch Justice at Work

Monday, November 04, 2019

Because cameras still aren’t allowed in federal court, media organizations rely on a small group of New York City artists to depict what happens at trials and hearings. 

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The Get Out with Jennifer Vanasco

Friday, November 01, 2019

Jennifer Vanasco, who writes about arts and culture for WNYC, gives us suggestions for activities to do this weekend.


Weird Things Happen When These Halloween Parade Puppets 'Cut their Strings'

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

"They take on a mind of their own," says master puppeteer Alex Khan of the symbiosis between his creations and the humans who climb inside them to make them move.

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The State of Gender (In)Equality on Broadway

Monday, October 28, 2019

Increasingly, women theater directors are bumping up against — and in some cases crashing through — the glass ceiling on Broadway. 

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Review: 'The Lightning Thief' Is Kid's Stuff

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Fans of the series of best-selling books for middle grade readers will find a lot to like. Their parents? Not so much. 


Review: The Hard Satire of 'Soft Power'

Saturday, October 26, 2019

David Henry Hwang's new show is a twist on Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I." Kind of.


What To Do For Halloween

Friday, October 25, 2019

Jay Vanasco tells us what Halloween activities to do this weekend. 


A Newark-Born Artist Explores Water at the Whitney

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pope.L's new work "Choir" takes up an entire room with its pipes and tank and gushing fountain.


The Nationals, a One-team Diaspora from Canada, Are Finally Making Good

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

They were the Montreal Expos, a team that never quite won it all, before they moved to D.C. and became the Nationals, a team that now has a shot at baseball's championship.

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Review: The 'Sound Inside' Thrills

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A story of a lonely creative writing professor and her young student is creepy. And riveting. 

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Review: 'Little Shop of Horrors' Is Perfectly Creepy — and Surprisingly Deep

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The musical about a carnivorous plant has returned to its Off Broadway roots — so to speak — in a production starring Jonathan Groff, Christian Borle and Tammy Blanchard.


A Reconfigured MoMA Showcases Hidden Gems From Its Collection

Friday, October 18, 2019

The iconic museum is expanding its definition of modern art beyond the Western canon.


The Get Out

Friday, October 18, 2019

WNYC's Jay Vanasco joins us to discuss what to do this weekend.

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'Largest Hip Hop Festival in the World' Is in NYC for First Time This Weekend

Friday, October 11, 2019

Headliners this weekend include Wu Tang Clan, the Bronx's Casanova, ASAP Rocky and Lil Uzi Vert.

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Ms. Marvel: The Jersey City Superhero Who Made Good

Monday, October 07, 2019

Fans celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Marvel Comics character at New York City Comic Con.


Review: Freestyle Love Supreme's Hip Hop Improv Is Solid But Too Safe

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda's improvisational comedy group offers something different to Broadway audiences. But it might be out of place there.


The Get Out: Fall Edition

Friday, October 04, 2019

Jay Vanasco, WNYC editor in the newsroom who writes about culture and theater, joins us to discuss fall ideas.