Andrew Jenner

Freelance Reporter

Andrew Jenner is a freelance reporter based in Harrisonburg. After working as a journalist in the Shenandoah Valley for a decade, he spent three years living and reporting in Brazil, returning to Harrisonburg in the summer of 2018. Andrew has reported for TheAtlantic.com, The Washington Post, Deutsche Welle, Discover, Modern Farmer, and many others. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, has a MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College, and almost made it onto Jeopardy! a few years ago.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

A new state law inspired by James Madison University’s controversial hiring of former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will take effect July 1st.  But it’s not clear whether the law will affect that hire.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.  [WMRA's operating license is held by JMU's board of visitors.]

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Among the many flashpoints in the fight over Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a proposed compressor station in Union Hill, a predominantly black community in Buckingham County founded by freed slaves.

Rachel Zaslow

As we learned yesterday, homeschooling in our part of Virginia is growing quickly for various reasons. In this follow-up report, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports on one homeschooling co-op in Charlottesville founded to create a positive learning environment for children of color.

The number of students being homeschooled in our area has grown a lot over the last decade. In the first of a two-part series, WMRA’s Andrew Jenner explores why that’s happening.

JMU Creative Media

On Thursday afternoon [Feb. 7], retired Justice John Charles Thomas spoke at JMU, as part of its Madison Vision Series. The first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Thomas shared bits of his remarkable life, recited original poetry and spoke on the importance of hope.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

Virginia General Assembly

An ethics bill prompted by James Madison University’s hiring of former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling just after he’d completed a term on the university’s board of visitors took one step closer to becoming law Thursday in Richmond.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.  *UPDATE Tues. Jan. 29...

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Nearly four months into his new job leading the Harrisonburg Police Department, Chief Eric English hosted a town hall meeting on Monday night. Stressing the importance of partnering with the public, English plans to continue hosting similar events in the future.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

Bill Bolling

Just months after his term on the James Madison University Board of Visitors ended last summer, former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling began a six-figure job as a senior fellow in residence at JMU.  To State Sen. Mark Obenshain, that represents a clear conflict of interest.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

Note: WMRA's operating license is held by JMU's board of visitors.

A little more than a month ago, the survival of Harrisonburg’s Skyline Literacy was in question. Since then, the community has stepped up to meet the need. WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

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The day after Thanksgiving, the federal government published its Fourth National Climate Assessment, a report full of alarming conclusions about how climate change could affect life in the United States. At one local ski resort, thinking about a warmer and less snowy future has already begun.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

Skyline Literacy

For decades, Skyline Literacy has offered English and citizenship classes to the Shenandoah Valley’s large immigrant and refugee communities. But after losing out on a large federal grant earlier this year, the organization’s future is in question. WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

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JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes are in New York City for their fourth appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Will it provide an ultimate stage for the band’s biggest tuba prankster? WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

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With the midterm dust settling, Virginia Senator Mark Warner stopped in Harrisonburg on Saturday afternoon to talk about his priorities and expectations for the months ahead.

In early October, the Staunton School Board voted to change the name of the city’s Robert E. Lee High School. Last night, they picked its new name. WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

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Just before Halloween, a mystery that has been the talk of Crozet in recent weeks appears to have been solved.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports on a noise that's been going "hum" in the night.

Wikipedia

There’s an open Congressional seat in Virginia’s 6th District for the first time in more than two decades. Though pundits expect an easy Republican win, neither candidate is paying any attention to predictions.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

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For the first time in decades, a new state law makes it legal to buy and process industrial hemp in Virginia.  A company in the Shenandoah Valley hopes to be the first to do just that.  WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.

Nearly 60 years ago, Gerald Durley became a young civil rights activist. Today, he’s a climate activist – and his core message is that the two struggles are one in the same. Durley will give a free, public talk Monday evening, Sept. 17, at JMU, entitled “Race, Faith and Climate Change: How Global Warming is a Civil Rights Issue.” WMRA’s Andrew Jenner has this story.

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It’s the time of year when college students come flooding back into Harrisonburg. But that’s not the only age group flocking in.  WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

Courtesy of Nancy Kassam-Adams

One of the selling points for backers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is its job-creation potential – and there’s one group already reaping the benefits: lawyers. Pipeline builder Dominion recently filed more than two dozen lawsuits against landowners who don’t even want the company on their property to survey, and dozens more are to come. WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

Schrödinger's Cougar

Jun 11, 2015

The Eastern cougar (or mountain lion) is considered by most wildlife experts to have been extinct in Virginia for a long time.  But lots of people swear they’ve seen one.

Have they?  What did they really see?  And what does the gap between reported sightings, and the science, say about what we know about the world?

Courtesy Office of the Attorney General

A new legal opinion from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says local governments can restrict and even prohibit fracking through their zoning laws.

Andrew Jenner

For the past two decades, the City of Harrisonburg has run a citizen police academy to give the public opportunity for an in-depth look at how local police officers do their jobs.

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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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.

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

Western National Roundup photo

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

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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