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 Tony Nominations Are In - But When Are the Awards?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The strange 2019-2020 season has finally resulted in nominations - but the date of the awards is still a mystery.

Tony Nominees In A Truncated Season

Thursday, October 15, 2020

WNYC culture editor Jay Vanasco on the Tony Award nominees in a strange year for Broadway theater. 

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The Get Out

Thursday, October 08, 2020

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

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New Allegations About The New Museum

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Former and current workers say the museum's success has come at a high cost. 

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A Journalist's 'Kingdom Of Silence'

Friday, October 02, 2020

“Kingdom of Silence” explores the life of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi operatives on Oct. 2, 2018.

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Anxiety Over Mail-In Ballots Pushes Residents to Weigh Political And Health Risks

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WNYC interviewed many residents who said they were going to vote in person, despite the risks posed by Covid-19.

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The Get Out

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WNYC Culture Editor Jay Vanasco joins us to discuss things to do this weekend. 

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The Get Out: Climate Week

Thursday, September 24, 2020

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco recommends ways to participate in Climate Week this weekend. 

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The Get Out

Friday, September 18, 2020

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

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To Catch A Thief In “Love Fraud”

Friday, September 18, 2020

In the Showtime series “Love Fraud,” filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady conduct an investigation into a con man who has romanced women and stolen their money for 20 years.

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NY Phil Is Bringing Concerts To The People

Friday, September 11, 2020

Thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the musical landscape of the city has been largely quiet. But the New York Philharmonic is testing out a new way to bring the concert hall to the people.

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The Get Out

Thursday, September 10, 2020

WNYC Arts and Culture Editor Jay Vanasco joins us to discuss activities to do with children this weekend. 

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While Some Arts Institutions Flounder, One Found A Way To Pivot

Friday, September 04, 2020

The 92nd St Y has made $3 million from its online offerings during the pandemic.

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The Get Out

Thursday, September 03, 2020

WNYC culture editor Jennifer Vanasco on what to do this weekend, while safely social distancing! 

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Scientific American Celebrates 175 Years Of Science Journalism

Friday, August 28, 2020

The magazine has always been based in New York City.

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New York City's New Suffragist Monument Comes With Controversy

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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Plans for a new Central Park statue originally only included Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Soujourner Truth was added after a public outcry. 

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First Monument Of Historical Women Comes To Central Park - With Controversy

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Central Park is dedicating its first statue of historical women on Wednesday, 100 years after women won the right to vote. 

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What To Expect As Museums Start to Reopen

Monday, August 24, 2020

Museums are permitted to re-open this week, but it won't quite be business as usual. 

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City Study: Culture Sector Lost 15,000 Jobs By May 8th

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A report commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs paints a bleak economic picture for the culture sector.

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The Heartbeat of New York City: Pulse Checking The Culture Economy

Friday, July 24, 2020

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New York City's arts and culture scene is struggling due to the pandemic, and the economic future is bleak. 

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