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:

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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The Get Outside

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Jennifer Vanasco on recommendations for outdoor activities. 

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Zoos, Governor's Island, Libraries And The High Line Re-Open

Monday, July 20, 2020

The city's cultural institutions are slowly starting to re-open. 

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Colson Whitehead, 'Fleishman is in Trouble,' 'The Divine Miss Marble,' Defining Character, Library Reopening

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Get Lit With All Of It preview. 'Fleishman is in Trouble' novel. A forgotten tennis star. Defining good/bad character. Library reopening update.

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Library Reopening Update

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Jennifer Vanasco on the status of library reopening in the area.

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Health Activism And the Legacy Of The Young Lords

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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On July 14, 1970, the Young Lords occupied the Lincoln Medical Center in the South Bronx, known locally as "The Butcher Shop," in order to turn it into a hospital for the people. 

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Director Saheem Ali Explains Why Shakespeare Is For Everyone

Monday, July 13, 2020

Director Saheem Ali explains why his WNYC and Public Theater co-production of Richard II centers on Black, indigenous and people of color.

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Review: New Play Looks at Medical Workers on the Front Lines

Friday, July 10, 2020

A new online play from the Public Theater is about recent history -  New York medical workers experiencing the height of the COVID19 epidemic.

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Protesters Occupy A Park To Call For NYPD Defunding

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

As tense budget negotiations continue, Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed cutting the NYPD's budget - b ut activists are frustrated. 

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How Comedy Cuts Through The Root Of Systemic Racism

Monday, June 29, 2020

Dave Chappelle's "8:46" is the latest in a long tradition of Black comics who cut right to the root of systemic racism, said Mel Watkins.

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New York City Celebrates 50 Years Of Pride Parades

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The city's first parade celebrating LGBTQ identity took place a year after the Stonewall Uprising. Due to COVID-19, this year's event is virtual, featuring a 24-hour line up of global performances.

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More Pride Event Picks

Friday, June 26, 2020

Jay Vanasco gives recommendations for Pride events this weekend.

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Pride Started As a Protest - Not a Parade

Friday, June 26, 2020

This weekend is the 50th anniversary of the Pride Parade -but it didn't start as a parade at all, but a protest march.

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Stacey Abrams, Mail-in Voting Concerns, 'Long Gone Summer,' Sports Update, Pride Event Picks

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Stacey Abrams on 'Our Time Is Now.' Mail-in voting and USPS budget cuts. 'Long Gone Summer' baseball documentary. Sports updates. Events for Pride Month.

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Pride Month Event Picks

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Jennifer Vanasco on best events for Pride Month

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The Stay In

Friday, June 12, 2020

Jennifer Vanasco gives recommendations for summer activities for kids.

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Neighborhood Patrol Groups Say They're Preventing Looters. Some Residents Say They Make Communities Less Safe.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Some New Yorkers are forming neighborhood patrol groups in response to incidents of vandalism and looting. They're drawing comparisons to vigilante groups. 

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The Stay In

Friday, May 29, 2020

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco talks about what to do from home this weekend.

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How An Anti-Tech LGBTQ Bar Became a Small Global Phenomenon

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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A popular bar in the West Village known for being a safe haven for the queer community has acquiesced to the one thing they don't allow..filming

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