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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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At D.C.'s main family homeless shelter, health officials are testing children for lead exposure. This comes after two young children tested positive. During routine medical visits, a nine month old and a two year old, were both found to have moderately elevated lead levels in their blood. It's not clear if the exposure happened at the shelter, but health officials began test...
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Drivers in D.C. may soon be getting a little more in the mail from the DMV: The agency is planning to work with cycling organizations to get out information about bike safety. Thousands of cyclists hit the roads today in D.C. as part of Bike to Work Day. One of them was D.C. Council Member Brianne Nadeau. "I took Capital Bikeshare from my home on 14th Street," Nade...
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In the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month, D.C. is launching a new review of the police department's use of force policy. The review comes 15 years after D.C. went through national scrutiny similar to that which Baltimore is going through in the wake of Gray's death after arrested by police. In 2000, a Washington Post investigation r...
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For the first time since 1991, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn a local D.C. law. Activists for District autonomy say it's a intrusion on the city's self-government, and three of them were arrested last week during a protest. On the House floor, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx took the microphone. The Republican from North Carolina began her statement, in favor...
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A debate today on Capitol Hill is pitting religious freedom against the District of Columbia's freedom to make its own laws. The House is voting, for the first time in nearly 25 years, on a bill to upend a local D.C. law. The D.C. Council passed the law in question back in December — it bans employers from discriminating against workers based on their decisions to use birt...
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In Baltimore, the man who died in police custody, sparking protests across the city, will be laid to rest on Monday. Meanwhile, in D.C. this weekend, activists, academics and artists are gathering to discuss the recent cases of unarmed black men dying at the hands of police. ...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and new fire chief Gregory Dean are bringing back an entrance exam for new recruits that hasn't been used in almost a decade. It's part of an effort to hire better firefighters and paramedics, after a number of recent embarrassments for the department. The number of 911 calls in the District is growing, but the number of firefighters and paramedics ...
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D.C. will be spending less on Emancipation Day festivities then in previous years, as the city marks the 153rd anniversary of the day slaves living in the nation's capital gained their freedom. Last the year the more-than-$350,000 price tag led to a battle bet...
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D.C. is officially has a "medical marijuana supply shortage emergency," according the the D.C. Council, which passed temporary legislation Tuesday to address the issue. You can legally grow your own marijuana in D.C. You can legally smoke it, in private at l...
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Metro Connection Segments Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8 ...
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Virginia has joined D.C., Maryland and 13 other states that "ban the box." Friday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered state agencies to remove questions about criminal histories from job applications. It's the latest in a movement that's been gaining traction nationwide. In the United States, 700,000 thousand people are released from prisons each year. Advocates say asking about c...
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In Maryland, police killed unarmed African-Americans at 10 times the rate of unarmed whites during the past four years, according to a new report released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union.When lawyers at the ACLU of Maryland...
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In D.C. public high schools more than 50 percent of students are chronically truant, meaning they've missed more than 10 days of school. A new report says that efforts to crack down on truancy may not be working. When a student mis...
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When I got to the headquarters of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign last night, Adam Eidinger was filming with a crew from NBC's Today show. In between shots, his phone buzzed with calls from other reporters at national magazines. It was a busy evening for the man who just about a year ago proposed Initiative 71, the D.C. marijuana legalization measure that voters approved in Novemb...
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Metro Connection Segments Homeless Residents Share What It's Like To Live Outdoors In D.C. In February ...
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The D.C. Board of Elections is coming under new criticism of its performance in the general election last November. An audit found one in four polling places wasn't properly staffed. On Nov. 4, investigators from the D.C. auditor's office visited 89 of the District's 143 precincts unannounced. Twenty-three of those polling places didn't have the required staff, 37 precincts ...
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D.C. would ban school suspensions of preschoolers, under a bill the District Council discussed today. A District report last summer found that 1 out of every 8 public school students had been suspended during the previous academic year. "In particular there were almost 200 pre-K students — that's just 3- and 4-year-olds — that had been suspended or expelled," ...
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The Smithsonian Institution wants to open a museum outside the United States for the first time — in London. The institution's Board of Regents has voted to move forward with a new 40,000-square-foot gallery that would be part of a cultural complex at a site used for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It could open in 2021. "The idea is that this would be a Smithsonian sp...
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The family of the woman killed on Metro's Yellow Line earlier this month is filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the transit agency. Carol Glover was heading home to Alexandria on Jan. 12 when smoke filled her train car near the L'Enfant Plaza Metro...