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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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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. ...
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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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Related Stories Marion Barry, Beloved And Polarizing Legend Of D.C. Politics, Dies At 78 ...
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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...