Jennifer Vanasco

Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC where she edits the newscast 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 w for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She was a full-time theater critic in Chicago and taught journalism for 10 years at the University of Chicago's Graham School. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

Columbus Statue to Remain in Place, but 'Context' to Be Added

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The recommendations come after a 90-day review of the city's public art, spurred by the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer.

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Officials Say NYC Does Not Track Sexual Harassment Claims Across Entire Workforce

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As the nation grapples with the #MeToo moment, city officials say they are still figuring out their policy on reporting the data on these issues.

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'Our Tribe Is Everybody': A Community Bedrock Could Close, Thanks to Gentrification

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The owners of Coogan's, long a center of public life in Washington Heights, say they can't afford the $40,000 rent increase their landlord has asked for, and would close in May.

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State Senator Jeff Klein Accused of Forcibly Kissing Staffer

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The leader of the breakaway faction of Independent Democrats denies the allegation.


Hundreds Attend Erica Garner Funeral

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Rev. Al Sharpton said Erica Garner's “heart was attacked.” And that the attack began when she saw the video of her father, Eric Garner, dying from an unauthorized police choke-hold. 

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A New Tool to Fight Sexual Harassment in New York Theater Community

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The New York Theater community will soon pilot a program to deter and deal with harassment through mediation.

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Review: 'Meteor Shower' Sizzles — Then Fizzles

Saturday, December 16, 2017

What starts off as audacious comedy ends up betraying everything that came before.


A Tale of Two Roadways: The Senator vs. The Cyclist

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Brooklyn elected official is defending himself after an interaction with a cyclist Monday night. There are two versions of the events that started on Third Avenue in Brooklyn.

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The Complicated History of the Christopher Columbus Statue

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

For those who want it taken down, he's a representation of a genocidal, European explorer. But to Italian immigrants, there's another story.

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Only 10 Percent of Those Eligible Have Registered for 9/11 Benefits

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of people who were near the World Trade Center on 9-11 could be eligible for a big benefits package. 

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Waiting for FEMA in a Tent

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thirty-eight days ago, a FEMA representative said someone would come to assess the damage to Roberto Diaz's destroyed home. He's still waiting in a tent so he doesn't miss the visit. 


City's Lead Poisoning Numbers in Public Housing May be Misleading

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

While NYCHA now says fewer than two dozen children were harmed when the agency stopped inspecting apartments for lead, the original number was much higher.


It Costs Half a Billion Dollars to Renovate Two Libraries in Midtown

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The proposed additions include converting former staff or storage space into hubs for research, education and exhibitions.


NYCHA Falsifies Lead Documents, City Investigators Find

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The city's public housing authority claimed for years it was complying with federal lead-paint regulations — but it really wasn't, leaving thousands of kids at risk of lead poisoning.


Review: Relying on the Kindness of Strangers in "The Band's Visit"

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Egyptians. Israelis. A small town that rarely sees strangers. You might expect this would lead to hostility and political fireworks. But that's not what happens in this delicate musical.


'Union Busting Is Disgusting': Labor Movement Hopes Shutdown of News Sites Is a Pivotal Moment

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The closing of the news sites DNA Info and Gothamist resulted in more than a hundred lost jobs. But labor organizers think the issue could rally journalists to their side.


Review: 'Illyria' Gives Front Row Seat to Public Theater's Early Days

Sunday, November 05, 2017

The year 1958 was almost the end of Joseph Papp's vision of free Shakespeare in the Park: he had no money and was fighting with everyone, from a director friend to Robert Moses. 


Review: 'M. Butterfly' Revival Is Contemporary, Challenging, and Chilly

Saturday, November 04, 2017

David Henry Hwang's play delves into many contemporary issues: transgender people, the way white people see Asian cultures, and how some men use sex to have power over women. 


Argentines in New York Reeling After Manhattan Attack

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Five of the eight people killed by a vehicle that mowed down bicyclists and pedestrians on Tuesday afternoon were Argentine tourists. Five more Argentines were also injured.


Cuomo Says Republican Budget Votes Are Committing 'Modern-Day Treason'

Friday, October 27, 2017

The governor says the plan to eliminate state and local deductions would hurt New York families.