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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.


Articles Written by Jacob Fenston

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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...
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On Capitol Hill, lawmakers from the D.C. region will get an update Wednesday afternoon on last week's deadly smoke incident on Metro's Yellow Line. Some say there are still many unanswered questions after an initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Behind...
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Activist groups in Maryland are pushing legislation they say would depoliticize the state's parole process and give some inmates a chance at rehabilitation. Maryland is one of just three states where the governor must sign off on the release of inmates serving parole-eligible life sentences. In the past 20 years, no Maryland governor has granted to parole any such inmate. ...
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Before D.C. citizens could vote for a local government, they gained the right to vote for president in 1961, and to elect one non-voting delegate to Congress, in 1970. Eleanor Holmes Norton has been the District's only voice in Congress for the past 24 years. She spoke with WAMU as part of ...
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Nearly two dozen dogs rescued from a "meat farm'' in South Korea are a step closer to finding safe homes here in the D.C. region. Friday, the dogs are transferred to local shelters for adoption. For the past year, Humane Society International has been targeting the dog meat trade in Asia, particularly in South Korea. In that country, dogs are raised on farms, specifically fo...
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Metro Connection Segments How A Civil Rights Struggle In The South Helped D.C. Elect Its Own Leaders ...
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Voters in a dozen Virginia House of Delegates districts are filing a lawsuit, alleging "racial gerrymandering." According to the lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, African-American voters were "illegally packed" into 12 House districts, diminishing their influence in neighboring districts. The suit argues that ...
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A D.C. museum will be awarded a prestigious prize this week. The National Museum of Women in the Arts will be honored in Paris. The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom is named for the French writer and early feminist. The prize was created in 2008, the 100th anniversary of her birth. This is the first year it will go to an organization in the United States. The Nat...
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Craft distilling is gaining momentum in D.C. This week the District will get its first whisky and vodka distillery since prohibition just blocks from the city's first gin distillery, which opened in 2012. The new distillery is called One Eight, named for a particular piece of legislation. "Article one, section eight of the Constitution, that established a district,...
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D.C. gets a new mayor today, as Muriel Bowser will be sworn in along with seven D.C. Council members and the District's first ever elected attorney general. This morning Mayor Vincent Gray will transfer the District Seal to Bowser, who defeated him in last spring's contentious Democratic primary. Bowser will become the city's seventh mayor since it gained home rule four dec...
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A man shot by D.C. police last week was misidentified to reporters and the public. Christmas Eve was a violent day in the District — five people were killed in six separate shootings. Two men were shot by D.C. police, one of them fatally. That shooting happened around 3 p.m. in the 2800 block of Naylor Road SE. Police were looking for a man they say matched the d...
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A website devoted to documenting every homicide in the District of Columbia is shutting down this week. The website Homicide Watch D.C. features a map of the city, with a pin for each murder victim. Click on the pin, and there are photos, links to court documents and news stories and original reporting. Laura Amico and her ...
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In the waning days and weeks of his tenure, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been making appearances at ribbon cuttings and ground breaking ceremonies, including at several public schools. Less than a decade ago, D.C.'s schools were the subjects of lawsuits — buildings were crumbling and thousands of safety and fire code violations were documented. "That's a value sta...
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In Maryland, one out of every three stores that sells cigarettes also sells them illegally to underage customers. The state conducted random inspections from May through September this year, and found 32 percent of retailers sold cigarettes to youth younger than 18. In some areas, the rate was much higher — in one county, more than 50 percent of stores sold to minors. ...