About Vanessa @vanessadennis
Vanessa Dennis is the Director of Product at PBS NewsHour.
Vanessa’s Recent Stories
World Nov 18Why is France a target? Look to its alienated Muslim youth
Friday’s tragedy was just one of a number of terrorist attacks suffered by Paris across the past decade. Former New York Times Paris bureau chief Elaine Sciolino offers her take on why France has been a target.
Education Nov 10It’s true, Mizzou’s black faculty numbers are low – really low
How far is the University of Missouri from meeting the student protesters' demands of 10-percent black faculty? We looked at the black faculty data in all Southeastern Conference schools.
Politics Aug 06Which candidate spoke the most at the first GOP debate?
Who will stand out at tonight's Republican debate? We'll keep track of how much time each of the 10 candidates gets to speak. Check back here after the debate for the final tally.
Nation Jun 05Why doesn’t FIFA (or anyone) want you to know about the Women’s World Cup?
The 1999 Women’s World Cup Final is still the highest rated soccer match on U.S. English language TV of all time, yet……
Nation May 27QUIZ: Can you define these Scripps National Spelling Bee words?
With the Scripps National Spelling Bee underway this week, take our quiz and see if you can define the words that may appear during this year's competition.
Nation Mar 31A map of America’s 50 biggest craft breweries
“Almost 75 percent of Americans now live within 10 miles of a brewery, so it’s not just one place. We’re seeing dynamic growth in a lot of different markets.”…
Nation Feb 27Watch Mister Rogers’ heart-warming message to his grownup fans
Fred Rogers recorded a message for those who grew up watching "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" a few months before he died.
Nation Jan 28Why don’t passenger planes have parachutes, and other dumb questions
On Sunday, a pilot who ran out of fuel 235 miles off the coast of Maui ditched his plane in the Pacific Ocean by activating its ballistic recovery system. That’s a fancy term for an emergency parachute ... for the…
Nation Nov 25What do the newly released witness statements tell us about the Michael Brown shooting?
We read more than 500 hundred pages of this witness testimony and compared each statement to the statement given by officer Wilson. Below is a chart comparing several key details of the officer’s report to the statements of the 24…
Nation Nov 25Photos: Protesters respond to Ferguson grand jury decision
Protesters assembled in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the U.S. Monday night following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict the officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Demonstrations were planned around the country in anticipation of the decision. Many…