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: It's Not the Mama's Boy But the Mama Who's Riveting in 'Coriolanus'

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Kate Burton as Volumnia is riveting as a woman who uses her son to obtain power and status — at any cost.


Review: Hannah Gadsby's Stand-Up Show 'Douglas' Is a Winning Follow-Up to 'Nanette'

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Hannah Gadsby's acclaimed show "Nannette" came to New York — and then to Netflix. Her new piece "Douglas" is less intense, but just as scathing.


Report Finds Diversity in City's Cultural Institutions — But Not When It Comes to Race

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Some traditionally marginalized groups — women, LGBTQ people and those with disabilities — are actually over-represented in the ranks of nonprofit arts workers.

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Theater Roundup

Monday, July 29, 2019

Rebecca Milzoff, features editor at Billboard and host of the Billboard on Broadway podcast, and WNYC’s Jennifer Vanasco talk about what's new in the world of theater.


Review: 'Moulin Rouge: The Musical!' Is Too Much of an Over-the-Top Spectacle

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The musical has a little bit of everything—confetti, fireworks, an elephant— except a strong plot.

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Now And Forever? Former 'Cats' Actors Share Memories

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The new movie trailer for "Cats" has made some fans skeptical. Cast members from the 1983 and 2016 productions weigh in.


The Film 'In the Heights' Is Shooting ... in (Washington) Heights

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The film based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway hit draws scenery, and cast members, from the Dominican neighborhood.

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'The Rolling Stone' Review: When a Gay Witch Hunt Rocked Uganda

Saturday, July 20, 2019

A 2013 drama now at Lincoln Center Theater explores a terrifying period in the country's history.

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All Numbered MTA Subway Lines - Except the 7 - Go Down, Stranding Thousands

Friday, July 19, 2019

On Friday evening, a problem with the MTA's network shut down lines across the system. 


A Very Special Pride March

Monday, July 01, 2019

Marches and events marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.


Why We Remember Stonewall

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Stonewall Inn is a sacred place for many in the LGBTQ community. Fifty years ago, a raid and series of riots outside the New York City bar helped launch a civil rights movement.


Is the Traditional Pride Parade Too Corporate? A Coalition Is Providing an Alternative

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A new coalition is holding an alternative protest march on the same day as the traditional NYC Pride Parade, pledging to have no corporate sponsors and fewer police.

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A Graduation for Dads Working to Reconnect with their Kids

Thursday, June 27, 2019

It's a monumental occasion for some of them, says the director of the program, "because some of them have never graduated from anything."


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.