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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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Starting today, passengers arriving at Dulles International Airport from West Africa will undergo extra screenings for Ebola symptoms. Meanwhile, health care workers in the D.C. area and around the nation are concerned about how prepared hospitals are for the deadly virus, after a ...
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Montgomery County lawmakers today heard about the county's readiness for possible cases of Ebola, which was ruled out in several recent cases in the region. At a hearing, county council member Marc Elrich said the county needs to have a plan in place now for the possibility of an outbreak, even though there have not any confirmed cases of Ebola in the region. "This would be ...
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James Brady, the former press secretary to Ronald Reagan, was memorialized Friday at the Newseum by friends, including Vice President Joe Biden. Brady, who died in August at the age of 73, became an influential advocate for gun control after being partially par...
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At a D.C. Council hearing earlier this week on police tactics, residents and civil libertarians complained that MPD's use of stop-and-frisk tactics has undermined relationships with the community it is charged with policing. "The police in the District of Columbia I think have a long way to go to become a police force that is respectable because it respects people's human r...
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Enrollment in D.C. traditional public schools and public charter schools is up again this year, according to initial tallies. Preliminary numbers show student enrollment is up 2.7 percent at D.C. Public Schools, totaling over 47,000 students. At public charter schools, enrollment is up 4.2 percent to just over 38,000 students. These early enrollment numbers for the...
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The Supreme Court today announced that it would not review appeals of same-sex marriage cases in five states — including Virginia — allowing the unions to proceed without further delay. As of 1 p.m., same-sex marriages throughout the commonwealth have been allowed to take place. The decision — which also dealt with appeals filed in response to court rulings in Utah, Ok...
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A patient with Ebola-like symptons has been admitted to D.C.'s Howard University Hospital. It is not a confirmed case of the virus. The patient recently traveled to Nigeria, and after returning, showed symptoms that could be related to Ebola. According to a hospital spokesperson, the patient is in stable condition, after being admitted last night. The hospital has im...
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WAMU 88.5 asked D.C. voters to suggest questions for the mayoral candidates in tonight's debate. We got responses on a wide range of topics, from housing for seniors to the H Street streetcar. Below are a few of the questions that voters want the candidates to answer. Listen to the debate live tonight 7-9 p.m. on 88.5 FM or online. If you want to participate, you can email ...
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The father of two missing toddlers in Montgomery County is asking authorities to issue an amber alert to help find his children. Jacob and Sarah Hoggle have been missing for more than three weeks. Their father, Troy Turner, says volunteers have put out more than 20,000 flyers with...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown? ...
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The majority of the D.C. Council is supporting a bill that would ban school sports teams from using racially-based nicknames. Last November, the council urged the Washington Redskins to change the team's name. Now Councilman Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) says that's hypocritical if D.C...
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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 ...