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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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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...
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Many homeowners in our region are still struggling, some six years after the housing crisis began. For example, in Maryland, over the past year, the number of foreclosures has shot up, with new filings increasing by more than 250 percent. Nana Malaya was one of those homeowners facing foreclosure last year. Malaya owns a top-floor condo in the Cheverly area of Prince George's...
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Members of the Maryland General Assembly head back to Annapolis next week for the start of the 2014 session. Delegates and senators from Montgomery County say boosting the state minimum wage will be one of their top priorities. On January 1, new higher minimum wages went into effect in 13 states across the country — but Maryland was not one of them. Despite being one of the...
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The crime rate in Prince George's County continued its downward trend in 2013, according to new numbers released today. The county saw fewer homicides than any year since 1986. State and local officials crowded into the sparkling Wegman's mega-grocery store in Prince George's County to announce the latest crime statistics, with rows of cash registers for a backdrop. County Exe...
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Ann Hargrove moved to D.C.'s Adams Morgan in the 1960s, and fell in love with its historic row houses and eclectic businesses. But she soon discovered there was a plan in the works that would pave over some of the city's oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods — creating a network of freeways and along with them, urban renewal. The issue made Hargrove into an activist, and she's been...
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During the early 2000s, there was a wave of American parents adopting from China. More than 60,000 Chinese babies, mostly girls,  joined American families during that decade. Now, as those babies grow into pre-teens and teenagers, many are returning to China with their adoptive families, to learn about the country and culture in which they were born. Metro Connection...
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Ambulances and helicopters bring more than 8,000 severely injured patients to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore each year. The center was the first of its kind when it opened more than fifty years ago, and it's thought to be among the best in the nation. But staff are still winging it every day, making quick life-or-death decisions based on limited information about each patient. W...
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One year after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., hundreds gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to remember the 26 victims who were killed on December 14 of last year. And despite failed attempts to tighten gun laws in Congress, advocates say the fight is not over. Families of victims, and victims themselves crowded the front of the National Cathedral. "M...
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Since June, 7-year-old Nico Loza has not been able to do the things he loves most: be outside and play soccer. Instead, Nico has been at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C., re-learning how to do everything from talking, to eating, to walking, after suffering a severe brain injury. ...
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For more than a decade, young undocumented immigrants have been lobbying Congress to pass the DREAM act, which would provide a path to citizenship for students who grew up in the United States. It has failed every time it's been introduced. But now, those young activists are being credited with changing the debate, and renewing national attention on immigration reform. Jacob Fenston ...
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As the nation geared up for war in the 1940's, Joseph Hairston decided to enlist. But when a recruiter told him there wasn't room in any Negro unit of a then-segregated Army, Hairston decided not to take no for an answer. Now, seven decades later, Hairston talks with Jacob Fenston about how he ultimately became the first black Army helicopter pilot and the first African-American home...
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On the edge of Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, volunteers are reconstructing a 135-year-old log cabin, originally built 100 miles north in the rolling farmland near Hancock, Md. The cabin had been uninhabited — except by raccoons — for at least a decade, and the owner was considering tearing it down. But soon, it will be open to hikers, at the foot of Old Rag Mounta...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } For a few days in 1968, Shaw looked like a war zone. It was the first weekend of April, and the nation's capital was burning, with mo...
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As 30,000 runners filled the streets of D.C. and Arlington today for the Marine Corps Marathon, one local group of runners raced to honor victims of the Navy Yard shooting. Runner Adam Rehman works as a budget analyst at the Navy Yard. He works across the street from building 197 — the building, where on September 16, the Navy Yard shooter took 12 lives. "My mom ...
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Around 8,000 people walked through downtown D.C. to raise money for HIV and AIDS causes this morning. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington welcomed runners and walkers, including several D.C. Council members and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton. "We know that the virus is still alive, but it is not well," says Norton. Over the past four years, the number of new cases of HI...