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:

State Lawmakers Ramp Up Calls For Independent Investigation Into Allegations Against Cuomo

Saturday, February 27, 2021

State Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan says a transparent probe needs to be conducted without any ties to the governor or his allies. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports.

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Second Woman Comes Forward With Allegations Governor Cuomo Sexually Harassed Her

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Charlotte Bennett told The New York Times the governor made inappropriate comments to her. 

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The Get Out (Feb. 26, 2020)

Friday, February 26, 2021

Jennifer Vanasco, who writes about arts and culture for WNYC, gives us suggestions for activities to do this weekend in NYC!

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31 Years After "House Party," One Of Its Stars Reflects On The Cult Classic

Friday, February 26, 2021

The Apollo Theater is celebrating the film with online performances and conversations.

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New York To Kickstart Performing Arts' Return With 300 Events In 100 Days

Monday, February 08, 2021

The pilot program is called NY PopsUp, and starts Feb. 20.

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The Get Out (Feb. 4, 2020)

Thursday, February 04, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco recommends some (safe) activities for this weekend. 

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The Get Out with Jennifer Vanasco

Thursday, January 28, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco on what to do (safely) this weekend. 

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Report Shows Pandemic's Toll On New York City Street Vendors And Canners

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dozens of bottle collectors told researchers they lost all their daily income last spring, when the pandemic forced bottle redemption centers to close.

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The Jazzier Penn Station, In Newark, Gets A Makeover

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The station is in the early stages of a $190 million renovation of everything from its HVAC system and bathrooms to its Indiana limestone and sublime Art Deco metalwork.

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Will the Arts Relief Package Save the New York Theater Industry?

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

WNYC culture editor Jennifer Vanasco and 'New York Times' theater reporter Michael Paulson on the impact of the new $15 billion arts relief package. 

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As Whales Populate The City's Harbors Again, A Look At Why NYC Was Never A Whaling Town

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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In 2020, there have been over 500 whale sightings in the city, compared to only five in 2010. 

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Broadway Fallout Extends Well Beyond Theaters

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

When New York’s theaters shut down in March, actors and stage workers weren’t the only ones affected. "For us, everything stopped," said one costumer supplier. "Just completely stopped."

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“It Should’ve Happened A Long Time Ago”: New Whitney Retrospective Gives Black Photographers Their Due

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

"Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop" spotlights one of the few networks for Black artists in the 1960s.

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Dial This Number And A Brooklyn Librarian Will Read You A Poem

Friday, December 18, 2020

The phone line also offers stories for kids and obituaries for victims of COVID-19.

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Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Hopes to Make the Black Theater Canon More Accessible

Thursday, December 17, 2020

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The Tony-nominated author of "Slave Play" announced an anthology of 15 plays written by Black playwrights. 

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Safe Holiday Outings

Thursday, December 17, 2020

WNYC's Jennifer Vanasco on safe holiday outings in the city this week. 

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There's More To Balto The Pandemic-Stopping Blizzard Dog Than You Know

Thursday, December 17, 2020

A t the height of his fame, the plot twists of his life were only beginning. 

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Other Covid Symptom: Struggling Arts Programs In The Public Schools

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

An expert in arts education says, “Teaching artists have been the hardest hit" by a 70 percent reduction to special programming in the public schools. 

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Holiday Fun Outdoors this Weekend

Thursday, December 10, 2020

"The Get Out" with WNYC Culture Editor Jennifer Vanasco.

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The Stay In

Thursday, December 03, 2020

WNYC Arts and Culture Editor Jennifer Vanasco talks about what to do at home with kids as part of our ongoing series, "The Stay In."

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