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.

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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Part 3 of 6
1:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Learning Civics: On the Road to Citizenship

Originally from Eritrea, Leul Yohannes has lived in the U. S. for five years, the last three in Harrisonburg. He has a wife and two children, the youngest of whom was born here and is already a citizen. He plans to apply for citizenship in early 2015.
Andrew Jenner

So, you’ve made the journey to the United States, you’ve settled here, and you want to become a citizen.

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Part 2 of 6
4:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

From Burma to the Valley: A Refugee's Story

Nkhai Nang Bu Tang Bau moved to Harrisonburg with her husband in 2010. A refugee from Myanmar, she spent several years in Thailand and Malaysia before being resettled in the United States. Her daughter, Diza, was born after they arrived.
Andrew Jenner

When we talk about immigration, we often focus on the opportunities that attract people to the United States.

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Part 1 of 6
4:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

First Step to Citizenship? Often, Learning English

Juan Alvarez emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 2013.
Andrew Jenner

Under the best of circumstances, the path to U.S. citizenship for immigrants can take years.

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Overcrowded Jail
2:03 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Soul-Searching in the Valley Over a Crowded Jail

Law enforcement agencies, like the Harrisonburg Police Department whose vehicles fill a parking lot downtown, represent the most visible aspect of the local corrections system.
Andrew Jenner

Like other communities across Virginia, residents of Rockingham County are wrestling with a big problem...

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Food Freedom
11:18 am
Mon September 8, 2014

"Food Freedom" Comes Together in Staunton

Bumper-sticker attitude from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund at the Food Freedom Festival.
Andrew Jenner

What do you find at your local farmer’s market?

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6:55 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Governor Touts New Farm Environmental Program

Governor Terry McAuliffe discusses the significance of the Resource Management Plan program, with Gerald Garber's Cave View Farms as a backdrop. Garber's farm is one of the first two in the state to develop a resource management plan.
Andrew Jenner

How do you bring farmers, environmentalists, Republicans and Democrats in Virginia together? 

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