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.


A Story About Trying to Get a Story
12:00 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Secret Gardens, and the Culture That Hides Them

Natalya Slascheva, left, and her granddaughter Lyubov Slascheva. Their family came to the Shenandoah Valley from Kazakhstan in the late '90s. Lyubov is now studying to become a dentist; Natalya lives at the VMRC in Harrisonburg.
Andrew Jenner

As a reporter, it's best if you have a pretty clear idea in mind what your story's going to end up being about.

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What's Wrong With the Orchardgrass?
11:18 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Why Is This Grass So Important?

Orchardgrass is valued for its nutritious and palatable hay, and has been a major crop in Virginia for decades.
Andrew Jenner

You maybe haven't heard of orchardgrass, but it's an important feed grass for livestock in Virginia, and has been a major crop here for decades.

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Fracking Delayed is Fracking Denied
11:41 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Rockingham County Votes Down Long-Tabled Fracking Application

Rockingham County Supervisor Pablo Cuevas looks west out the window of his living room in Broadway, toward the ridges that surround Bergton.
Andrew Jenner

The edge of the Marcellus shale formation, a lucrative source of natural gas from fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, extends into the very western edge of Virginia.

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April Moore Announces Campaign
3:58 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Shenandoah Co. Writer & Activist to Challenge Sen. Obenshain

April Moore announces her bid to unseat 26th District State Senator Mark Obenshain.
Andrew Jenner

Republican Senator Mark Obenshain has a new challenger this fall for his state senate seat representing part of the Shenandoah Valley.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner has the story.

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Pipeline Upside?
10:30 am
Thu March 5, 2015

For Some, The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Spells P-R-O-M-I-S-E

Buckingham County Supervisor Donnie Bryan, pictured in his classroom, hopes the pipeline will offer his community opportunity for new economic growth.
Andrew Jenner

Lots of media coverage of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has focused on the people fighting hard to stop it.

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Don't Judge... Unless You Know What You're Doing
1:28 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Teen 4-H Livestock Judges Win U.S., Head to Scotland

The team after the win in Denver. From left to right: Hannah Craun, Cayley Ellington, Bailey Carpenter and MaKayla Nesselrodt.
Western National Roundup photo

We all kind of know what physical characteristics makes people look fit and healthy.

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Refugee Photographer
1:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Seeing Virginia With New Eyes

Husam Abdulazeez's photographs will be on display until April
Andrew Jenner

A photographer who’s recently moved to Rockingham County hopes his newcomer’s perspective can show others what life through a refugee’s eyes looks like here.

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Disagreement Over Provisions
12:11 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

General Assembly Takes on Campus Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is an issue getting some attention in this session of Virginia’s General Assembly.

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5:14 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Harrisonburg / Rockingham to Join Regional Jail Authority

Augusta County Administrator Pat Coffield explains the deal to add Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg to the Middle River Regional Jail Authority at a press conference.
Andrew Jenner

Scratch that $63 million jail that Harrisonburg and Rockingham County recently told the state they’d like to build.

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Hemp, the Great Unifier
12:49 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Hemp Issue Brings General Assembly Together

Public testimony at a committee hearing on the Virginia Industrial Hemp Farming Act included some hemp product show-and-tell.
Andrew Jenner

When it comes to food and farming, old is new these days; it's hard to find a seed catalog that isn't filled with heirloom crops that are all the rage again.

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