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Jacob Fenston

Senior News Editor for Special Projects

Fenston is WAMU's Senior News Editor for Special Projects. He came to the station after a year in the Show Me State, covering issues of health, wealth and poverty in rural Missouri. He also worked as a freelance public radio reporter in D.C., and in a previous life was a stage manager for a theater company in Portland, Oregon. While in Oregon, Fenston started producing radio as a volunteer at community radio station KBOO. He is a native of California, and has a masters in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.


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U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen is creating a new unit in his office to look into cases that may have resulted in wrongful convictions, a move that comes after several recent exonerations using DNA evidence. Machen is assigning two prosecutors to create a special unit that will focus on sifting through old cases. He says it won't be an easy task. "So you're talking about p...
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The D.C. fire department has a record of poor maintenance of its fleet, according to the D.C. Firefighters Association. The union is criticizing the department after 40 percent of its ladder trucks failed a safety inspection. Of the District's 17 ladder trucks, seven have been removed from service after corrosion was found on the ladders' bases. Ed Smith, president of the DC...
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One year after an historic change in ownership, The Washington Post has a new publisher. The change means the end of the Graham family's influence at the newspaper. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the struggling paper for $250 million in August 2013, but he kept on Katharine Weymouth as publisher. Weymouth's great grandfather purchased the company in 1933, and it had been i...
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The police force in Ferguson, Missouri doesn’t look like the population it serves — more than 90 percent of the police there are white, while more than two-thirds of residents are black. A similar imbalance once existed in D.C. — decades ago, many residents in the majority black city saw police as an occupying force. Ronald Hampton joined MPD in 1972, just a few years ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has created a task force to combat sexual assaults on college campuses. McAuliffe signed an executive order creating the task force this week. It will include college administrators, law enforcement, members of the governor's cabinet, and will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring says the governor's action sends a messa...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case against the commonwealth's ban on same sex marriage. Virginia's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage "quite simply, denies gay people the equal protection of the law" — so writes Attorney General Mark Herring, in his filing with the Supreme Court. "There...
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A D.C. judge has declared a 50-year-old man innocent of a crime he was convicted of decades ago. Kevin Martin spent 25 years behind bars for a 1982 rape and murder. After a 12-year effort to clear his name, he was issued a certificate of actual innocence yesterday. Martin was convicted of one count of manslaughter while armed in the rape and killing of 19-year-old ...
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Arlington County leaders are cracking down on the rowdy pub crawls that have recently led to dozens of arrests, and cost the county thousands of dollars. Arlington has one of the highest proportions of 20- and 30-somethings in the country. "These are the creative class. These are people that help drive our economy," says Jay Fisette, chair of the Arlington County B...
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Starting next year, D.C. residents will get tax cuts, totaling some $143 million dollars a year. But some seniors won't be getting a property tax exemption the D.C. Council had passed last year aimed at helping long-time residents stay in their homes. Under a law authored by Council Member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), your property tax bill would read zero if you're over 70 and...
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The more than 500 homeless children living at the D.C. General shelter will have a place to play outdoors later this year. Currently, when kids head outside D.C. General, their playground is the parking lot. "We often see children kicking around soda bottles, drawing on concrete," says Jamila Larson, who runs the Homeless Children's Playtime Project, which has been lobbying ...
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A group of injured military veterans arrived in D.C. today by bicycle, just in time to ride in the Independence Day parade. It was the last leg of the CanAm Veterans' Challenge, an almost 800-mile ride aimed at highlighting Canadian and American veterans injuring during service to their countries. ...
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The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would make it illegal to provide therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18. Sam Wolfe struggled with his sexuality growing up in conservative Utah. To stop feeling attracted to men, he sought out therapy. "When I saw an ad in the school paper that said, if you suffer from same sex attr...
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Candidates for attorney general in D.C. can now pick up the nominating petitions they'll need to get on the ballot. But it's still not clear when the city's first election for the position will be held. Paul Zukerberg, so far the only candidate for attorney general, has been lobbying the Board of Elections to make the petitions available today. It's the same day candidates f...
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Council member David Catania (I-At Large) will introduce an amendment to the 2015 D.C. budget scrapping a proposed tax on yoga classes, health clubs and gym memberships. Catania, who is also running for mayor, said his plan would remove the so-called "fitness tax" from the budget by extending the implementation of a business tax cut over six years, instead of the five origin...
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The manager of a company hired to clean the National Mall storm water sewer system pleaded guilty today to dumping debris and wastewater into the Potomac River. Patrick Brightwell of Bogart, Georgia, admitted that rather than taking waste to a disposal facility, he directed workers to dump it into the Potomac River. Brightwell pleaded guilty to violating the Clean...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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Metro Connection Segments Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend Local Crab-Picking Industry Struggles to S...