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:
Sunday, October 21, 2018
A compelling premise quickly devolves into a soap opera.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
This polished piece stars Cherry Jones, Bobby Cannavale and Daniel Radcliffe, but the performances can't hide that there's no "there" there.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A report into whistleblower complaints finds Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters used questionable legal arguments to take over investigations of city schools.
Friday, October 05, 2018
A shadow of fear hovers over the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical, which made the original production relevant during World War II — and makes it relevant now.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
No one was injured in the two-car derailment of a Montclair State University-bound New Jersey Transit train just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday night.
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Seriously. It's where the city is piloting a 24/7 food garden that anyone can pick from.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
A dive into the 25th Amendment with two of the people who helped draft and pass it.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The actor Sarah Bernhard was a legend in turn-of-the-century Europe and America. This Broadway show doesn't do her justice.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
In actor Edie Falco's hands, Polly Noonan becomes one of the great characters of the American stage.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Director Richard Nelson has a gift for portraying families — capturing the affection and tension that arises in everyday intimacy.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Washington Heights is seeking to attract more tourism and neighborhood pride by promoting its Dominican roots, at a time when the Dominican population is falling.
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
For its cast, "The Gospel at Colonus" is more than just a musical. It's a family — and a spiritual journey.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Our #MeToo era might seem like the exact wrong moment to launch a Broadway musical based on a 30-year-old rom-com, but this production transforms the movie into something new.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Activists and NYC officials rallied in Brooklyn on Wednesday to call for state legislators to return to Albany for a special legislative session in order to turn the cameras back on.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Despite being about a post-Sandy couple, Rinne Groff's Coney Island never feels like a real place, but only a glorious, dreamy moment in memory.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Not even the audience escapes the feeling of guilt.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
The Off Broadway production is a sleek, urban comedy about reprehensible people with a simplistic message: beauty buys you stuff.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
The one-woman, Off Broadway show "Girls & Boys" showcases her great talents. But the play founders.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
This bright, new work riffs off Shakespeare, turning wicked King Richard into an excluded teenager who has a devious plan to become high school class president.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Joshua Jay is part of a new trend in magic that focuses less on grand-scale illusions and more on intimate experiences that leave the audience awestruck and moved.