Jennifer Vanasco is an editor at WNYC, where she edits local reporting and writes culture features and arts reviews.
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, the National Headliner Awards 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.