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:

Review: 'Fairview' Gives Its Audience a Welcome New Perspective

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Jackie Sibblies Drury's play, now remounted at Theatre for a New Audience, wants theatergoers to think about the white gaze.


How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Come Since Stonewall?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low of WNYC's podcast "Nancy" weigh in on what their listeners are worried about.


Why We Remember Stonewall

Saturday, June 15, 2019

 Fifty years after the Stonewall Uprising, we look at what happened that night, through the voices of people who were there.

Why the Stonewall Uprising Happened

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What the Stonewall Uprising means today.

A Win for Hadestown — and Inclusivity — at the 2019 Tony Awards

Monday, June 10, 2019

The big winner: "Hadestown," the soulful musical by Anais Mitchell based on an ancient Greek myth, which triumphed over much more traditionally commercial fare.


Review: 'Frankie and Johnny' Is Brilliant — and Deeply Unsettling

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Terrence McNally's 1987 play is a very different animal when viewed through a #MeToo lens.


Newark Mayor, New Jersey Attorney General Butt Heads Over Police Oversight

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Newark is battling over how much authority its Civilian Complaint Review Board should have to investigate and discipline officers.


The Tony Nominations Leave Out Some Big Names

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Neither "To Kill a Mockingbird" nor "Network" make the short list, but Hadestown garners 14 nominations.


Tony Nominations!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jay Vanasco from the WNYC newsroom, and Sara Holdren from New York Magazine cover the Tony nominations.

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Ink' Review: When Tabloids Destroyed the Old Idea of News

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The play is a sobering look at the moral lines journalists face — and what happens when they're crossed.


Review: 'Tootsie's' A Crowd-Pleaser, But With A Caveat

Saturday, April 27, 2019

This new Broadway show based on the 1982 movie is that that rare musical that's actually funny. But the story is ill-timed.

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Review: 'Hillary and Clinton' — You Know How This Story Ends

Sunday, April 21, 2019

If you're still obsessed with Hillary Clinton and her presidential ambitions, this is the play for you.


Review: Adam Driver Scorches the Stage in 'Burn This'

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Abuzz with chaotic energy, Driver grabs your attention the moment he steps on stage.


Review: 'Hadestown' Is A Play About Hell That's Heavenly

Saturday, April 20, 2019

A stylish, resonant, high-energy musical, with richly textured songs.


Review: Glenda Jackson Enthralls as King Lear

Saturday, April 06, 2019

But director Sam Gold's bland production doesn't live up to her performance.


"The Lehman Trilogy" Review: An Epic Story About the Dreams — and Darkness — of America

Saturday, March 30, 2019

This magnificent British import has a mythic quality.

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Review: 'Kiss Me Kate" Is Vunderbar

Saturday, March 16, 2019

This buoyant, joyful production brings the house down with witty choreography and a recalibrated story.

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Review: In 'Daddy,' No One Listens to What Franklin Wants

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Jeremy O. Harris' play showcases a power struggle between a man's mother and his lover.


Review: A Stripped-Down Production of "Merrily We Roll Along" Gleams

Sunday, March 03, 2019

This work of Stephen Sondheim's may not be his best — but this production from Fiasco Theater brings out its warmth.

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Review: 'Superhero' Is a Charming New Musical for Adults

Saturday, March 02, 2019

A wonderful premise for a musical — that doesn't always soar.