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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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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. ...
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After canceling the Christmas-day debut of The Interview, Sony Pictures will allow a limited release of the movie about the assassination of North Korea's Kim Jong Un. One member of Congress is offering another possible venue here in Washin...
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The Redskins team name is not an obscenity or profanity according to the Federal Communications Commission. George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf filed a petition with the FCC calling the team name "racially derogatory." "It is a word that has been condemned by nearly every major Native American organization as a racial slur," Banzhaf says. ...
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Visitors hoping to see the view from the top of the Washington Monument were out of luck Thursday: The monument is once again closed, as crews work on a broken elevator. The Washington Monument reopened in May, after two years of repairs, following the 2011 earthquake. But since then, the elevator that takes visitors 500 feet up has been causing trouble. Thursday, ...
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Members of the military are gathering at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C. this hour for a late Thanksgiving dinner. The theater company has invited more than 200 wounded warriors, active service members and their families for a free dinner and performance. This is the fourth year the company has held a Thanksgiving dinner and performance for service members. Holly Oliver, with ...
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After volunteering at a food bank in Southeast D.C. on Wednesday, the First Family is enjoying a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House. Life at the White House is usually probably anything but average, but today President Obama says he and his family are doing pretty much the same things as the rest of us. "Catching up, eating some good food, and watching some foo...
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Advocates for D.C. statehood gained a small victory earlier this fall, when a Senate committee held a hearing on their bill to make the District the 51st state. Now the committee chairman says the bill isn't going anywhere this session. And the fight for state...
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Barry on The Kojo Nnamdi Show August 2002: The "mayor for life" explains his decision to stay in politics. J...
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The National Children's Museum will be returning to the District in part because of a lack of public transportation at its current location. The museum has been at National Harbor in Prince George's County for about two years, but Ross Hechinger, chairman of the museum's board of directors, says the location isn't ideal. "Actually, National Harbor's not as far away...
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This coming Wednesday marks the ninth birthday of Relisha Rudd, who disappeared from a D.C. homeless shelter more than seven months ago. Friends are observing her birthday, and calling for renewed attention to Relisha's case. Shannon Smith first met Relisha Rudd as her cheerleading coach. Later, she helped raise the girl. "I've been helping her mother Shamika with ...
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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 ...