Jennifer Vanasco

News Editor, WNYC News

Jennifer Vanasco is the News and Culture editor at WNYC, where she edits the daily news for air and arts features, and covers the arts and the economics of culture. 

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 the New York Radio Festivals Silver Award, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Excellence in Radio Award, the National Headline Award, plus other awards from the Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association, the Webbys and others. She's published work in anthologies, and was a fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, 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:

A new NYC Met exhibit explores the complicated role water plays for indigenous groups

Monday, July 11, 2022

A new exhibit at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art explores how Native Americans have used water and highlights the politicization of the resource.

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A provocative exhibit at NYC's Met Museum takes a new point of view

Monday, July 04, 2022

The exhibit explores how Native Americans have used water. But it also points out how political water is.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'Fat Ham' takes 'Hamlet' in unexpected directions

Saturday, July 02, 2022

James Ijames' adaptation of Shakespeare's play is less a tragedy than a triumphant comedy.

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6 takeaways from the 2022 Tony Awards

Monday, June 13, 2022

Ariana DeBose should host everything. Jennifer Hudson makes history. And we should all celebrate understudies.

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The 2022 Tony Award winners

Sunday, June 12, 2022

The 75th Annual Tony Awards celebrated Broadway's first full season after the pandemic shutdown. Here is a list of the nominees and winners.

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Encore: A new app guides visitors through NYC's Chinatown with hidden stories

Thursday, June 02, 2022

A new audio soundwalk app reintroduces visitors to Manhattan's Chinatown by exploring the oral histories of those whose families came to the area.

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A new app guides visitors through NYC's Chinatown with hidden stories

Friday, May 27, 2022

Composer George Lam wanted people to experience a landmark neighborhood from the inside.

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Encore: She inscribed 120,000 pennies with a pandemic message. Is one in your pocket?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

As part of a public art project, 120,000 pennies modified by an artist have been released through delis and bodegas. The project connects the fragility of the economy with the losses of COVID.

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A Review of the Nominations for the 75th Tony Awards

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Tony Nominations were announced Monday. NPR editor Jay Vanasco talks about what stood out to her.

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List of the 2022 Tony Nominations

Monday, May 09, 2022

The American Theatre Wing announced nominations today for the 75th annual awards.

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She inscribed 120,000 NYC pennies with a pandemic message. Is one in your pocket?

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Artist Jill Magid inscribed pennies with "The body was already so fragile" — and now brings a film of the process to Brooklyn, giving people a chance to reflect on the pandemic.

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Public art project 'Tender' explores the vulnerability of our economy and bodies

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

As part of the project, 120,000 pennies modified by an artist have been released through delis and bodegas. The project connects the fragility of the economy with the losses of COVID.

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Mystery recordings will now be heard for the first time in about 100 years

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

The New York Public Library recently received a machine that will read cracked and scratched wax cylinders — which include some of the earliest recorded audio.

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A Final 'The Get Out' with Jennifer Vanasco

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Jennifer Vanasco comes on All Of It for a final installment of her ongoing series 'The Get Out,' where she discusses what to do in the city this weekend.

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Are Deepfakes As Scary As They Seem?

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Videos created with the help of artificial intelligence are starting to flood the internet. A new exhibit looks deeper. 

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Untangling the New York Trump Investigations

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The former president is back in the news this week, with two simultaneous New York cases.

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Lincoln Center Is Now Reckoning With Its Racist History - And Remembering San Juan Hill

Monday, January 10, 2022

The cultural landmark stands on the ruins of what was a once thriving, culturally-rich Black and Latino community.

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Lincoln Center Is Reckoning With Its Racist History

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The cultural landmark stands on the ruins of what was a once thriving, culturally-rich Black and Latino community.

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'The Shape of Things': Carrie Mae Weems at the Park Avenue Armory

Friday, December 17, 2021

A new installation speaks to our current political moment using technologies popular during the 1860s — because the past, Weems says, is still with us.

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Michael Steinhardt To Surrender 180 Stolen Antiquities: Manhattan DA

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

The DA's office says Steinhardt relied on smugglers, money launderers and tomb raiders to build his massive collection of ancient art over decades.

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