Jennifer Vanasco

News Editor, WNYC News

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

'Apartheid Is Doomed': Listen to Mandela's Historic Speech at NYC City Hall

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In June 1990, Nelson Mandela visited New York City. It was his first visit to the United States after being released from prison. At the end of a ticker-tape parade up Broadway's Cany...

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Feds Say Metro-North Safety Record 'Unacceptable'

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

UPDATED. The U.S. Department of Transportations's Joseph Szabo sent a letter to the MTA Tuesday that said "four serious accidents in less than seven months is simply unacceptable" and expressed "serious concerns" after Sunday's derailment in the Bronx.

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In Harm's Way: The 10 Lives That Were Lost

Monday, November 25, 2013

WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan spent 12 months listening to the legacy of their lives: Paging through photo albums, talking to their families and friends. These are the young people who were lost.

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How to Help Victims of the Phillipines Typhoon

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

There is currently a critical need for food, clean drinking water, shelter and medicine in the Phillipines. Looking to help? WNYC has compiled some aid agencies providing relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Explainer: Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Friday, October 18, 2013

Confused about who can get married in New Jersey when? We break it down for you - with the assistance of Hayley Gorenberg, deputy director at Lambda Legal.

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Explainer: What's Going On In Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama Administration is planning a military intervention in Syria. In case you just started following the story now, here's what you need to know. UPDATED with information from Obama's Saturday speech.

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Police Say New NYPD Laws Make Them the Bad Guys: Union

Friday, August 23, 2013

The new law that makes it easier for people to sue the NYPD for profiling is making police officers into the bad guys, the head of the sergeants’ union says.

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Holliswood Hospital in Queens Closing its Doors

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A psychiatric hospital in Queens is closing its doors for good within the next few days. The facility's CEO says it's not making enough to operate.

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Poll: De Blasio Leaps to First Place

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has shot to first place among the pack of Democratic mayoral candidates, with support from 30 percent of likely primary voters according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.

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Some Police Departments Embrace Body Cameras

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Now that a federal judge has declared New York's stop-and-frisk unconstitutional, some patrol officers will be strapping on judicially-mandated body cameras. It's a first for the NYPD — but other police departments across the country are already using the technology.

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Explainer: The Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Monday, August 12, 2013

A federal judge struck down the city's stop-and-frisk policing tactic as unconstitutional on Monday. Here is what you need to know.

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Russian New Yorkers React to Snowden's Asylum

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Russians in Brighton Beach differ on whether Edward Snowden should have sought asylum in Russia.

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World's Smallest Deer Born at Queens Zoo

Monday, July 08, 2013

A Southern Pudu, a member of the world's smallest deer species, was born at the Queens Zoo last month.

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Explainer: What's a Flash Flood Warning Anyway?

Monday, July 01, 2013

Did your phone just go berzerk? As intense thunderstorms batter New York City, there's a flash flood warning in effect. So how worried should you be?

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Bronx Residents React to Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court's decision striking down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has an impact on parts of New York City. Under the law, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx required Federal clearance in advance, known as "preclearance," before they could make changes to voting procedures. But the Court said that the jurisdictions that had been covered under the law were chosen using old 1960s data and that they might not be discriminating any more.

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Explainer: The Supreme Court, Voting Rights and New York

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx are all covered by the Voting Rights Act - which might surprise you. Here's what today's Supreme Court decision means for the city.

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Explainer: What the Gay Marriage Rulings Mean for NY, NJ

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and dismissed the California Prop 8 case. But what do the rulings mean? We have (some of) the answers.

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Timeline | A Brief History of Same-sex Marriage in the Courts

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Same-sex marriage in U.S. courts didn't start with the case currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1967, the Supreme court ruled on a case involving miscegenation and establi...

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Explainer: The Mayor's Proposed Food Scrap Recycling Initiative

Monday, June 17, 2013

New York may be joining cities like Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle in implementing a citywide composting initiative meant to cut down on waste. Unclear on the details? Worried about what it means for you? WNYC's Amy Eddings spoke with Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway.

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Mayor Details Climate Plan, Including New Neighborhood

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is recommending that the city look into creating a new neighborhood along the East River shoreline as part of his  wide-ranging plan to get the city to prepare for climate change.

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