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Jacob Fenston

Senior News Editor for Special Projects

Jacob Fenston edits stories and special projects at WAMU. He is also responsible for the sound design, editing and produciton of The Big Listen

He has produced and edited WAMU's Metro Connection, and reported feature stories for the show. His work has also appeared on national shows, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Here & Now, and has been recognized by regional and national awards. But his best story ever did not win any awards, even though it required recording audio while riding a bicycle the wrong way down busy Oakland, Calif. streets.

Before coming to WAMU, Jacob was a reporter at KBIA in Columbia, Mo., covering issues of health, wealth and poverty in the rural Midwest. In a previous life, he was a stage manager for a theater company in Portland, Oregon. While in Oregon, he started producing radio as a volunteer at community radio station KBOO. Jacob is a native of the great state of California, and has a masters in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.


Articles Written by Jacob Fenston

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Starting Jan. 1, the Smithsonian National Zoo will open later and close earlier, eliminating three hours of visitor time each day. The change isn't about budget cuts, according to zoo officials, but pedestrian safety. The zoo will now open at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m., and close an hour earlier, at 5 p.m. The change likely won't affect the many tourists who flock to the zoo, ...
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Washington D.C. is home to international organizations from the World Bank, to the Organization of American States. This week, the District of Columbia joined an international organization based in Brussels. D.C. is the now newest member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. What do residents of the District of Columbia hav...
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Metro Connection Segments 'We Are The Joy Boys': Willard Scott Remembers Co-Host, Friend Ed Walker ...
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Metro Connection Segments Music Isn't Just Entertainment For Some Patients — It's Life-Changing Therapy (rebroadcast) ...
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This weekend, Montgomery County is opening its latest, most modern public libary — in downtown Silver Spring. When library-goers enter the new building, they'll be greeted by a traditional circulation desk, and what David Dise describes as a "futuristic-looking technology desk, where libra...
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Metro Connection Segments When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions ...
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In Montgomery County, several high schools are changing the colors of their graduation gowns as part of the shifting cultural norms around gender identity. Think traditional graduation garb, and you might think black cap and gown, but many schools have two colors. "Traditionally, we've had green and white graduation robes. Our boys wore green and our girls wore whi...
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D.C.'s largest provider of HIV services is now in a new home: Whitman-Walker Health has a large and gleaming new facility, just blocks from its old location. Whitman-Walker got started in 1973 as the Gay Men's VD Clinic. In the 1980s it became the leading organization in the city treating people with HIV and AIDS and educating about the disease. For most of that time, it's b...
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D.C.-area members of Congress are calling on House Republicans to restore funding for Metro safety improvements after the House cut the federal government's funding for Metro by $50 million. In 2008, Congress passed a law promising $1.5 billion to rebuild D.C.'s aging subway system. The money is to be doled out over ten years — in other words, $150 million a year. But this...
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The Washington Monument remains closed this morning after shutting down on Sunday because of elevator troubles. It's just the latest malfunction after a major restoration of one of D.C.'s top tourist attractions. When the elevator stopped working Sunday night, 63 visitors were stranded some 500 feet above ground on the observation deck. Initially, the National Park Service s...
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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 9-month-old and a 2-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 testing i...
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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...