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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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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 ...
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The father of two missing toddlers in Montgomery County is asking authorities to issue an amber alert to help find his children. Jacob and Sarah Hoggle have been missing for more than three weeks. Their father, Troy Turner, says volunteers have put out more than 20,000 flyers with...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Did African Americans Leave Georgetown? ...
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The majority of the D.C. Council is supporting a bill that would ban school sports teams from using racially-based nicknames. Last November, the council urged the Washington Redskins to change the team's name. Now Councilman Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) says that's hypocritical if D.C...
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U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen is creating a new unit in his office to look into cases that may have resulted in wrongful convictions, a move that comes after several recent exonerations using DNA evidence. Machen is assigning two prosecutors to create a special unit that will focus on sifting through old cases. He says it won't be an easy task. "So you're talking about p...
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The D.C. fire department has a record of poor maintenance of its fleet, according to the D.C. Firefighters Association. The union is criticizing the department after 40 percent of its ladder trucks failed a safety inspection. Of the District's 17 ladder trucks, seven have been removed from service after corrosion was found on the ladders' bases. Ed Smith, president of the DC...
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One year after an historic change in ownership, The Washington Post has a new publisher. The change means the end of the Graham family's influence at the newspaper. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the struggling paper for $250 million in August 2013, but he kept on Katharine Weymouth as publisher. Weymouth's great grandfather purchased the company in 1933, and it had been i...
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The police force in Ferguson, Missouri doesn’t look like the population it serves — more than 90 percent of the police there are white, while more than two-thirds of residents are black. A similar imbalance once existed in D.C. — decades ago, many residents in the majority black city saw police as an occupying force. Ronald Hampton joined MPD in 1972, just a few years ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has created a task force to combat sexual assaults on college campuses. McAuliffe signed an executive order creating the task force this week. It will include college administrators, law enforcement, members of the governor's cabinet, and will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring says the governor's action sends a messa...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case against the commonwealth's ban on same sex marriage. Virginia's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage "quite simply, denies gay people the equal protection of the law" — so writes Attorney General Mark Herring, in his filing with the Supreme Court. "There...
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A D.C. judge has declared a 50-year-old man innocent of a crime he was convicted of decades ago. Kevin Martin spent 25 years behind bars for a 1982 rape and murder. After a 12-year effort to clear his name, he was issued a certificate of actual innocence yesterday. Martin was convicted of one count of manslaughter while armed in the rape and killing of 19-year-old ...
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Arlington County leaders are cracking down on the rowdy pub crawls that have recently led to dozens of arrests, and cost the county thousands of dollars. Arlington has one of the highest proportions of 20- and 30-somethings in the country. "These are the creative class. These are people that help drive our economy," says Jay Fisette, chair of the Arlington County B...
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Starting next year, D.C. residents will get tax cuts, totaling some $143 million dollars a year. But some seniors won't be getting a property tax exemption the D.C. Council had passed last year aimed at helping long-time residents stay in their homes. Under a law authored by Council Member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), your property tax bill would read zero if you're over 70 and...
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The more than 500 homeless children living at the D.C. General shelter will have a place to play outdoors later this year. Currently, when kids head outside D.C. General, their playground is the parking lot. "We often see children kicking around soda bottles, drawing on concrete," says Jamila Larson, who runs the Homeless Children's Playtime Project, which has been lobbying ...