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Jacob Fenston

Reporter

Fenston came to WAMU 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.


Articles Written by Jacob Fenston

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D.C. has one of the highest HIV rates in the nation, with nearly 3 percent of residents infected with the virus. But some organizations that help HIV-positive people are struggling to redesign their operations as the Affordable Care Act takes full effect next year. They say while health reform is in many ways good news for people living with HIV, the law could also have some unintende...
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Underground railroad conductor Harriet Tubman passed away 100 years ago Sunday. In her honor, dozens of women gathered on the National Mall for a moving tribute — walking in Tubman's honor. It's part of a national movement to improve women's health and fitness. A few years ago, Morgan Dixon's life was in a rut — she was overworked and not taking care of herself. A visit to...
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The usually orderly courtrooms at D.C. Superior Court were a bit chaotic on Saturday, as high school students donned judges' robes and filled the jury box. The teenagers were judges, juries, and lawyers for the day's mock trials. This is the 14th year the court has held this youth law fair — brainchild of Judge Melvin Wright. "Most kids only know about the court syst...
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This weekend marks 100 years since the death of one of America's most famous abolitionists. Underground railroad conductor Harriet Tubman lived the first 30 years of her life — enslaved — in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It's been more than a decade since efforts began to establish a national historic park in her honor, and while the legislation has stalled in Con...
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When Michael Seaton moved to Prince George's County from Jamaica at age 7, he went from the soccer-crazed Caribbean, where every kid played in the streets, to a country just beginning to appreciate the sport. But with a little prodding from his mom, he kept playing, and in January, the lanky teenager signed as a professional player with D.C. United. At age 16, he's the first Major Lea...
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It's hard enough to find a decent place to live in the D.C. real estate market. What about finding a new embassy? With 180 foreign missions packed into the District's 68 square miles, the most desirable locations are out of reach for many countries. Jacob Fenston visits one former embassy that's up for grabs (a steal at $2.5 million), and explore what these buildings say about D.C. and t...
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Each week for the past six years, The Washington Post has been sending out strangers on dinner dates, and then writing it up in a popular magazine feature, called Date Lab. The results range from sweet to disastrous. So what exactly is it that sparks chemistry — or doesn't — between two people? It turns out that matchmaking is not actually a science. In fact, a f...
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In the late 1970s, Rosanne Russo was working as a school psychologist. But she was itching to do something different. Russo's career makeover landed her at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., at a time when few women were FBI agents. Now, after more than 28 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Russo is on a second makeover, this time to retired life. Television shows ...
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Last month, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the final list of schools that will be closed by the end of the academic year. The closings will allow the District to save an estimated $8 million, the biggest savings comes from closing Spingarn High School. It's the first high school in D.C. to be closed in years. But for some alumni, it can be hard to let go of th...
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Lawmakers in Maryland and Pennsylvania are teaming up to lobby for the renaming of an Appalachian mountain whose name some find offensive. The mountain sits on the border between the two states. The name in question, Negro Mountain, is said to honor a slave who died fighting in the French and Indian war in 1756. The Appalachian ridge runs for 30 miles, bisecting the Mason-Dixo...
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Police in College Park are investigating a string of armed robberies which targeted University of Maryland students over the weekend. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with one of the incidents, according to the Associated Press. In the span of less than 12 hours Sunday, two students were approached by armed robbers. In the early morning hours, three males punc...
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Thousands of gun control advocates from across the nation rallied on the National Mall Saturday, demanding Congress and President Obama to pass gun legislation while the issue is still in the national spotlight. Demonstrators came from across the country, including a busload of people from Newtown, Conn. One of the protesters, Eddy Sourby, is a freshman at Newtown High Schoo...
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Decades ago, curbside recycling was confined to a few green enclaves like San Francisco, but these days it's common across the United States. Now, some environmentalists say someday soon, we could all be separating out our melon rinds and orange peels for curbside pickup, in the same way we separate bottles and cans. Two local jurisdictions are taking chances on the idea that this sor...
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Gun violence, and how to prevent it, is near the top of the agenda for the Montgomery County Council today. The council is considering a resolution urging state and national lawmakers to tighten gun laws. The Montgomery County Council can't regulate guns, but the council will likely weigh in on the debate today, voting on a resolution asking the governor, the General Assembl...
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Last year was the warmest year on record in the United States, and the Mid-Atlantic is in the midst of the longest stretch without a major snowstorm since the 1800s. That's not good news for local ski resorts, many of which have been getting rain and high temperatures close to 60 degrees. But there's one slope where that doesn't matter — where, actually, rain makes for better skiing...
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During the Liberian civil war in the 1990s, thousands fled to cities across the globe, including the D.C. metro area, home to one of the largest Liberian communities in the U.S. Now, many of those former refugees are lending a helping hand to the country they left behind. The ties between the West African nation and the Mid-Atlantic region run deep. Many place names in Liberi...
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In 1982, Marvin Anderson was sentenced to 210 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. Anderson's quest to clear his name led to the discovery of a trove of old DNA evidence in Virginia. Now, thirty years later, the commonwealth is still sorting through the evidence from thousands of cases in the 70s and 80s that could lead to further exonerations, and shed light on the true rate of...
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Every neighborhood seems to have a house with Christmas lights covering every available surface. At one house in Northwest D.C., this tradition goes all the way back to the 1960s, when a charismatic religious leader wanted to bring light to a city in need of some Christmas cheer. George Ford Jr. is a life-long member and apostle of the D.C.-based faith, the United House of Pra...
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Washington D.C. has been ranked among the top cities for bicycling in the United States, but there have been some bumps along the way as new cycling infrastructure goes in across the District. The latest major bike project, along L St. NW downtown, has sparked confusion among drivers, while an older separated bike lane has been the site of numerous accidents. City officials and cyclin...
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Nov. 27 Deserts from the sky National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz is obsessed with taking pictures of the earth from air. He's gone to 27 countries plus Antarctica, and used a motorized paraglider - basically a kite with what looks like a box fan for a motor - to shoot som...