Jenna Flanagan, Host and Reporter, “MetroFocus,” WLIW21 for WNET





Jenna Flanagan
Host and Reporter, “MetroFocus,” WLIW21 for WNET


Jenna Flanagan first knew she was destined for a career in journalism after following the weekly reports of the Muppet News Flash as a child. In high school, she wrote for her student newspaper and attended a journalism camp at SUNY New Paltz, her Hudson Valley hometown. Ms. Flanagan then went on to study communications and journalism at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where she earned a BA.

In 1999, Ms. Flanagan took her first job in the business as a Production Assistant for 1010WINS, eventually working her way up to assistant editor. Working in a busy New York newsroom, she quickly learned what it takes to churn out a factual, engaging and newsworthy story on deadline.

From there she took her first on-air position at WBGO, Newark Public Radio, and began a lifelong love of public broadcasting. After WBGO, Ms. Flanagan spent more than six years writing, reporting and producing All Things Considered for WNYC in New York City. Her work has also aired nationally on NPR.

In 2013, she took a chance on herself and left New York City to do statewide public radio and television reporting for the Innovation Trail. She also covered state politics for New York NOW, the award-winning public affairs show, which airs on Albany’s PBS stations WMHT.

It didn’t take long for New York City to come calling again and in 2015, Ms. Flanagan began contributing her statewide reports to WNET Thirteen’s news magazine, MetroFocus. In 2016, Ms. Flanagan joined the MetroFocus team as a fulltime journalist and host.



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