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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 the War of 1812, after sacking Washington, British forces headed north to Baltimore, attacking the city by land and sea. The naval battle at Fort McHenry famously inspired Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner,” which later became the national anthem. But on land, the 10,000 troops who defended downtown have largely been forgotten. Two centuries of development h...
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The achievement gap among high schools in Maryland's Montgomery County has been widening, according to a new county study. High schools in Montgomery County also became less integrated in terms of income, race, and ethnicity: at high-poverty schools, the share of black and Latino students grew, but a...
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Over the past decade, Silver Spring has “sprung.” More than 5,000 residential units have been built, with the public and private sectors investing around $2.5 billion in the area. But the redevelopment wasn't always a sure thing. For more than a decade, it divided residents in what was known as the “Silver Spring War.” Lack of investment leads to decline ...
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Additional D.C. Election Coverage Election Live Blog Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary ...
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Additional D.C. Election Coverage Election Live Blog Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary ...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier on Thursday described the search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd as a "recovery operation," raising the specter that she has been killed by Kahlil Tatum, the last man seen with her over a month ago. During a press conference at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, where the FBI started searching on Thursday morning, Lanier said that Tatum, a for...
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William Alston-El, left, and John Muller at the Parkway Overlook. (Jacob Fenston/WAMU) For deca...
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The hearing continues today for the D.C. firefighters who failed to help 77-year-old Medric Mills, Jr. as he was suffering a heart attack across the street from their station. The daughter of that man was kicked out of the hearing this morning. After reporters were k...
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The search continues for the missing 8-year-old D.C. girl. Police now say they've located the vehicle in which she was thought to be traveling. Police say they found the white GMC truck in Hyattsville, Md. late yesterday. But the Amber Alert is still in effect as the Metropolitan Police Department and Prince George's County Police continue the search for Relisha Rudd. ...
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This year, the U.S. military is facing the massive task of bringing home tens of thousands of troops from Afghanistan, along with their equipment. At the heart of that effort are logistics officers, whose job it is to maneuver convoys of dozens of armored trucks through often hostile and rugged terrain. Marine Lieutenant Jeff Clement is one such officer. The D.C. resident is...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring sparked controversy when he announced he wouldn't defend the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Now, Herring's predecessor, Ken Cuccinelli, says that move was a dereliction of duty. Former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has always been a staunch defender of conservative causes, including "traditional marriage." But he says that's...
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Laurie Burch had no use for the 135-year-old log cabin on her property in western Maryland. She tried to donate it to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, which runs dozens of cabins for hikers in the region. But it wasn't a good location for hiking, so the club turned her down. Until John Corwith saw the cabin, and said, "Why don't we move it?" Volunteers dismantled the cabin log by log,...
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In 2012, voters Maryland voters chose to expand casino gaming in that state. The idea was that the added revenue would pay for education, help fill up state coffers, and create thousands of jobs. Since then, gambling revenue in Maryland doubled, topping out at close to $750 million. But some of that money is coming out of the pockets of so-called problem gamblers — people...
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For people who’ve had to recover from serious injuries, like spinal cord damage or an amputation, re-learning how to do the most basic things can be a big challenge. And then there are the not-so-basic things — like racing down an icy mountain on skis or a snowboard. That’s what dozens of people with disabilities were learning to do recently at Liberty Mountain in Pennsylvania....
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Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was struck down late Thursday night by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen. Her decision does not go into effect until appeals courts have weighed in, but Wright Allen compared the ruling to the historic 1967 case that legalized interracial marriage. “We have arrived upon another moment in history when ‘We the ...
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The Maryland medical examiner's office says the former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander committed suicide just weeks after his arrest on child pornography charges. Ryan Loskarn, 35, reportedly hanged himself in his parents home. Last month, a federal judge released him on his own recognizance and allowed him to live with his parents while awaiting trial on the co...
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Maintenance workers at Howard University rallied today in an effort to save their jobs at the financially troubled institution. Harold Andrews has worked as a union electrician at Howard for 27 years. In July he got a letter from the university informing him of a plan that would put his job, and some 200 others, in the hands of private contractors. "We've been told th...
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Chris Zimmerman was first elected to the Arlington County Board in 1996, and ever since, he's been one of the most vocal proponents of the county's transit-and-pedestrian-friendly growth. Now, Zimmerman is leaving for a job at the advocacy group Smart Growth America, which promotes those same sorts of policies nationwide. Zimmerman moved to Arlington from D.C. in 1979, before...