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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.


Articles Written by Jacob Fenston

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Nov. 20- Dec. 2 This year would have been Woody Guthrie's hundredth birthday. But the famous folk musician lives on in Theater J's production of Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie. Four musician-actors, led by David Lutken, wield no f...
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Nov. 17: Low Cut Connie"Pathologically fun." That's what the the New York Times says about the talents of New York-based rock band Low Cut Connie. The group plays a free show tomorro...
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A unique program in Maryland lets people who love old historic houses live in them for free. Under the state's Resident Curatorship Program, he fixes up the old house, and the state of Maryland gives him a lifetime lease — zero dollars a month. It's a way to restore these historic properties without spending precious taxpayer dollars. Now, 30 years after the program started it's pro...
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South Sudan celebrated the first anniversary of its independence in July, and later that month, the country's first ambassador to Washington presented his credentials to the White House, officially establishing diplomatic relations with the United States. Metro Connection's Jacob Fenston sat down with Ambassador Akec Khoc to find out what it takes to start a new country. Below are exc...
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Voters in Maryland approved expanding gambling in the state, allowing table games like poker, as well as the construction of a sixth casino in Prince George's County. The measure passed 52 percent to 48 percent — likely due to record campaign spending on the ballot question.  When Marylanders first voted to allow gambling in the state four years ago, it was a landslide....
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It's a sort of strange sign of economic recovery — as the economy picks up, more people start quitting their jobs, no longer clinging to that monthly paycheck. This year, the number of people voluntarily quitting their jobs is on the rise, about one-third higher than during the depths of the recession in 2009. Sometimes, regardless of the stagnant GPD or the persistently hig...
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This month, a record number of Americans — more than 42 million — are expected to visit some sort of haunted house for Halloween. These businesses will rake in around $1 billion in ticket sales. But for many of the ghosts and ghouls behind the scenes, it's not really about raising money or turning a profit. It's that scaring people happens to be really, really fun. ...
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Brady Carlson is a man with a presidential fixation. But he's not focused on the living, breathing head of state, rather, on the more than three dozen presidents who are no longer with us. His journey to visit — and blog about — every presidential gravesite began in the D.C. region, the final resting place of four presidents. Two U.S. presidents are buried at Arl...
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A massive review of old criminal cases in Virginia from the 1970s and 1980s has uncovered at least ten wrongful convictions over the past decade. The ongoing DNA testing project began when the Commonwealth uncovered a trove of old evidence from thousands of cases that had been inadvertently saved by one of the state's forensic analysts. The project could still lead to more exoneration...
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There are more than 180 foreign embassies packed into Washington, D.C.'s 68 square miles, and these buildings are more than just brick and mortar — they're part of public diplomacy, representing a nation to the American public. Architecture historian Jane Loeffler says a well-designed embassy building can be more effective than any public relations campaign. "Architecture i...