Jennifer Vanasco

News Editor, WNYC News

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

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?


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.


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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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: 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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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


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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Federal Appeals Court Overturns DOMA's Definition of Marriage

Thursday, May 31, 2012

In a unanimous ruling, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a key component of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This is the first time that DOMA was found to be unconstitutional by a Federal Appeals Court.

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What the Prop 8 Decision Means

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A U.S. Appeals Court ruled Tuesday that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. But ironically, the decision overturning the ban on gay marriage is so exact that it might not have the wide legal influence marriage equality experts hoped for.

“The way the Ninth Circuit crafted the opinion very carefully using ...

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Watch: Rick Perry 'Strong' Ad Dubbed Viral Video Fail

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A day after the release of the newest political ad from Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, media watchers are calling it a “viral video fail” and comedians are writing parodies.

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