Andrew Jenner

Freelance Reporter

Andrew Jenner is a journalist who lives in Harrisonburg. He worked on the staff of two newspapers in the Shenandoah Valley before going freelance more than five years ago. Andrew has written for Modern Farmer, The Christian Science Monitor, Hemispheres, BirdWatching and many other newspapers and magazines.  He is also the co-founder of Old South High, a Harrisonburg news and culture blog.

His reporting for WMRA is his radio debut. A 2004 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University with degrees in environmental science and justice, peace and conflict studies, Andrew completed an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College in 2008.

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New Jail Plans
4:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Building a Jail That No One Really Wants?

Joshua Diamond of Harrisonburg and dozens of others attended the city council meeting to urge the council to pursue alternatives to new jail construction rather than submit plans to the state.
Andrew Jenner

Unpopular plans to build a new jail for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County moved ahead last week.

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Overcrowded Jail
6:35 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Plans Advance for New Jail for Harrisonburg / Rock Cty

What to do about extreme overcrowding at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail?

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Dominion Pipeline Monitoring
4:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

"Pipeline Air Force" Scrambles Against Dominion's Plan

The Pipeline Air Force, pilots and observers
Courtesy of the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition

One group of opponents to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are taking to the skies.

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GW Forest Plan
4:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Plan Offers Protection for Shenandoah Mountain

A biker rides along Shenandoah Mountain
Kyle Lawrence, courtesy of Friends of Shenandoah Mountain

If you’ve ever been to the top of Reddish Knob, you’re already familiar with the stunning scenery on Shenandoah Mountain.

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GW Forest Drilling
4:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Nat'l Forest Partial Fracking Plan Gets Muted Support

Reddish Knob sits on the border of Augusta County and Pendleton County, W.Va. in the George Washington National Forest.
Credit Taber Andrew Bain

On November 18th, the U.S. Forest Service released a new management plan for the George Washington National Forest.

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Izzeldin Abuelaish
4:30 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

He Lost Three Daughters. He Wants Peace.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician and the author of I Shall Not Hate, a book about his commitment to peace activism in the aftermath of the deaths of three of his daughters, killed by Israeli tank fire in 2009.
Sarah Gingrich, EMU

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish has suffered, in the most intimate way, from the violence of the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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2014 Virginia Film Festival
4:30 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Virginia Film Festival -- Stronger Than Ever?

Under the leadership of Jody Kielbasa, the Virginia Film Festival has set attendance records in each of the past five years. This year, Kielbasa expects a new record attendance approaching 30,000 for the four-day festival in Charlottesville.

One hundred films in four days.  For 27 years, the Virginia Film Festival has provided an annual showcase of movies.

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Part 6 of 6
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

From Ukraine to the Valley: This Is Home

Walter Marchuk, 45, became a naturalized citizen in 2000. He owns VA Auto Sales, a used car dealership in Harrisonburg.
Andrew Jenner

Imagine deciding to leave all you know, to settle in a new country, and to learn a new language.

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Part 5 of 6
4:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

All Paths Lead Here: An Oath, and Citizenship

Aziz Aziz spent almost all his life in Baghdad, Iraq. He left a little less than a decade ago, spent a few years in Jordan and eventually settled in Harrisonburg. He became an American citizen in September.
Andrew Jenner

One day last month in Staunton, the number of American citizens increased by 80.

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Part 4 of 6
4:30 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Will the Studying Pay Off? Taking the Citizenship Test

After 21 years in the United States, Ofelia Correa passed her citizenship test and interview in late September and will soon be sworn in as a new American citizen.
Andrew Jenner

Thursday, September 25th was a big day, a day that Ofelia Correa had been looking forward to for years.

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