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 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:

The 95th Feast of San Gennaro Gets A Hype Man

Thursday, September 16, 2021

After being canceled last year due to COVID, the 95th feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy is back.

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'The Get Out' with Jay Vanasco

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jay Vanasco, news and culture editor for WNYC/Gothamist, joins us to discuss what to do in New York City this weekend.

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Broadway Back in Business

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

All about Broadway's reopening from workers, audience members and WNYC news and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco.

Grappling With a Post-Covid Life, Around a Dinner Table

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Richard Nelson's final play in his Rhinebeck series is a wake for a dance superstar — and all the large and small losses that have accrued during the pandemic.

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Musicals Return to Broadway

Friday, September 03, 2021

After almost a year and a half of dark stages, Broadway's showstoppers are back.

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The Puppets Take Manhattan At A Festival And Exhibit

Thursday, August 12, 2021

It's Puppet Week NYC and there are performances, workshops...and Lamb Chop.

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The Get Out with Jennifer Vanasco

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Jennifer Vanasco, WNYC editor in the newsroom who writes about culture and theater, joins us to discuss what to do this weekend.

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Broadway Returns With a Roar

Thursday, August 05, 2021

"Pass Over" is the first new play to begin its run on Broadway post-pandemic shutdown. 

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City Resumes Return To Shelters

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The city has resumed returning homeless New Yorkers back to congregate shelters this week.

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New York State Makes Changes To Rent Relief Program Following Complaints

Monday, July 26, 2021

Governor Cuomo says the state is going to make a $2.7 billion rent relief program easier to access.

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A New Multimedia Piece At Lincoln Center Asks New Yorkers to Reflect On Quarantine

Friday, July 23, 2021

Culture is re-opening across New York, but a new work incorporating sculpture, a soundscape and dance asks people to look back.

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Summer Culture Calendar

Monday, July 12, 2021

WNYC's Jennifer Vanasco joins to discuss some of the great outdoor cultural offerings this summer.

The Sackler Family May Have To Give Up Their Charitable Naming Rights -- But Taking Their Name Down Is Another Story

Friday, July 09, 2021

Under a proposed legal settlement, non-profits wouldn't be able to name institutes or halls after the family behind Purdue Pharma.

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The Get Out (July 8, 2021)

Thursday, July 08, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco gives suggestions for what to do this weekend, while safely social distancing.

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A New Report Examines How New York City's Arts Organizations Are Recovering From The Pandemic

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

The Center for an Urban Future looked at 643 community-based arts organizations. Its analysis offers new insights into the losses they faced and what they need to thrive. 

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'The Best Streetball Tournament In The World' Returns To Harlem

Friday, June 25, 2021

Basketball fans looking for live action can head to Harlem for the return of the best summer streetball tournament in the world. Akash Pandey was at the first game.

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In Person Family Visits To Resume At City Jails

Thursday, June 24, 2021

In-person family visits at city jails are resuming on Friday for the first time in 15 months.

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Celebrating Pride

Thursday, June 24, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco joins us to recommend activities to celebrate Pride Month.

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Madonna, The Beastie Boys, and The Talking Heads - Museum Takes A Look Back At The 80s

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Koch administration was too busy pulling the city back from near bankruptcy to bother with cabaret laws, so club sprouted up all over the city. 

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City Starts Moving Homeless New Yorkers Back Into Shelters

Monday, June 21, 2021

The city is beginning to move homeless people from shelters back into hotels this week.

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