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Ashley Dejean

Senior News Editor

Ashley Dejean is WAMU's Senior News Editor. She does a little bit of everything — editing scripts, preparing newscasts, filing stories and coordinating breaking news coverage. Our afternoon editor got her radio chops interning for Houston Public Radio, where she won a Texas AP Broadcasters Award. Ashley came on board in the summer of 2012 and first worked in our newsroom as the Assignment Editor and News Assistant. Before coming to WAMU, she interned at Washington City Paper and a local daily in Pune, India.


Articles Written by Ashley Dejean

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Few seats are empty, and many people are standing around the edges of the gymnasium at Democracy Prep Congress Heights School in Southeast D.C., but no one is here for basketball — at least not in the way you might expect. Residents in and around Congress Heights have gathered for an update about the redevelopment of St. Elizabeths, a mostly vacant campus just a few block...
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In response to concerns that funding for D.C.'s at-risk students is being spent inappropriately, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says critics should keep the big picture in mind. About half the money set aside for at-risk students in public schools w...
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The Washington National Cathedral is kicking off the second phase of repairs after the earthquake in 2011 caused $34 million worth of damage. The first phase of restoration focused mostly on structural repairs and the inside of the building, so it'd be safe to hold serv...
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Police departments around the region have a message for dirt bikers and ATV riders: enough is enough. They say they've been seeing increasingly brazen behavior from the bikers. "One of the ATVs actually struck one of our officers on his motorcycle and drug him for a little while," said Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department. "That individual...
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Two D.C. Council members are trying to prevent a group of residents in Ward 8 from being displaced as redevelopment at the old St. Elizabeths hospital site moves forward. Under the proposal by Council members Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) and LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), renters and homeowners in certain parts of the Congress Heights neighborhood would be eligible for an extra inc...
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Updated 7:35 p.m. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to force schools to notify parents if their children will be assigned books with sexually explicit content. The bill would have made Virginia the only state to allow parents to decide whether their children would be assigned certain books they found inappropriate. McAul...
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Filling potholes isn't much of a science, but the District is now using technology to improve its performance during its annual pothole-filling campaign. On Friday morning, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the month-long "Potholepalooza" in Ward 3, announcing that crews would blanket th...
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Starting this week, private ambulances have been used to help augment the fleet operated by D.C. Fire and Emergency Services. But as NBC4 first reported, a te...
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Updated 6:45 p.m. Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans says Metorail may need to shut down entire lines or at least parts of them for extended periods of time for repair. Evans made his remarks at a conference marking Metro's 40th anniversary, during a ...
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Metro officials expect a quick arrest in Saturday's shooting at the Deanwood station because the transit agency gave police high-definition camera footage from the station. Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel says this kind of evidence has been helpful in solving other cases. "Thanks to the investments that the region has made in Metro's security systems — cameras at...
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Advocates for prison reform are asking that female inmates from D.C. serve their sentences closer to home, arguing that existing rules are unfair. When a local or state court convicts someone of a felony in the rest of the U.S., they say that person gets to stay in state, but when DC Superior Court sentences someone to a year or more in prison, that person is usually sent to a federal...
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On New Year's Day, D.C.'s styrofoam ban takes effect. It applies to businesses and organizations serving food or beverages — but also nonprofits hosting a breakfast, or churches offering coffee after a service. Julia Robey Christian is with D.C.'s Department of Energy and Environment. She says banning styrofoam is part of the District'...
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Educators got their first look today at how D.C. and Maryland students are doing with the new Common Core standards, and the results aren't great — fewer than half of high school students met the goals on tests tied to the new standards. The new PARCC tests — which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and ...
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D.C. workers without a college education are actually making less money than they were in 1980 if you adjust for inflation, according to a new report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Ilana Boive, the report's author, says those workers getting paid ...
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D.C. plans to replace its largest shelter for homeless families, D.C. General, with several smaller shelters, but there are still plenty of questions ...
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Across the country, lawmakers, police departments and activists are grappling with hard questions after the high-profile deaths of several black men involving police. In Maryland, lawmakers asked a workgroup to make recommendations about officer training and how to hold police accountable when there's misconduct. Monday night, a group of activists will be asking state lawmak...
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Under a deal with D.C. United, the District of Columbia is on the hook for getting the land needed to build a soccer stadium in Southwest. But it appears that negotiations with the company that owns the remaining land — Akridge — haven't been going well. Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration filed to take the land using eminent domain. "From everything that I u...
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Virginia's state board of health is poised to undo controversial regulations on abortion clinics — but whether the change sticks could depend on state politics. Abortion rights advocates say the regulations were merely a way to close centers and deny women reproductive care. Those who support the regulations argue they're needed to ensure women's safety. Friday o...
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Catholic University is joining the many colleges and Universities — including George Washington University — that are making the SAT and ACT tests an optional part of admissions. Catholic University plans to study how students who do and don't send test scores perform academically for five years before making the policy permanent. Across the nation, more than 8...
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A U.S. appeals court has upheld D.C.'s requirement that gun owners be fingerprinted, photographed and appear in person when registering for a gun. But the three-judge panel found that D.C. cannot require gun owners to reapply for a permit every three years, require gun owners to pass a test about local gun laws or prevent residents from registering more than one pistol per month. ...