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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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The D.C. region is sinking, and scientists say it's bad news with the nation's capital already expecting more flooding with climate change. Paul Bierman is a geologist at the University of Vermont and helped with the research released this week. "The land level in the D.C. area is dropping, has...
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Delays in getting paramedics to a D.C. toddler who was choking and later died are being blamed on human error and technology issues. A report by D.C.'s fire department says that during the incident on March 13, the nearest paramedic was just three blocks away from the Warren Street N.W. address, but instead paramedics more tha...
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D.C. and Virginia have a failing grade when it comes to making sure children are safe in an emergency according to the 2015 Disaster Report Card by the group Save the Children. D.C. isn't doing enough for elementary school students, according to Save...
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says federal funding for projects like the Purple Line and widening I-66 could be cut or stalled if the EPA adopts new ozone regulations. But the group that develops the air quality plans for the region is skeptical. A report released by the business lobbying groups says the proposed regulations are unrealistic for the D.C. region. Karen Harbert...
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Many caregivers aren't getting much in return for the work they do — at least not in terms of money. How do you put a dollar sign on care? In Virginia, AARP says a million caregivers do close to $12 billion worth of unpaid work tending to family and loved ones. In Maryland, it's about $9.5 billion. In D.C., $900 million. AARP spokeswoman Ginger Thompson says ca...
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Registered lobbyists are spending less wining and dining Virginia lawmakers. That's according to data released by the Virginia Public Access Project. Quentin Kidd is a political science professor at Newport University. He says the numbers show lawmakers have been more careful about what they t...
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D.C. officials are reporting a 40 percent decrease in newly diagnosed HIV cases in D.C. And while the they are celebrating the drop, the overall prevalence in the city is estimated at 2.5 percent — well above the level defined as an epidemic by the World Health Organization. Michael Kharfen with the D.C. Department of...
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Last week the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees marriage rights for same-sex couples. It's an historic decision many are celebrating, but some say it's just one step toward equality, while others are troubled by the ruling. Virginia Attorney General Mark ...
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A conservative group is bringing a federal lawsuit that challenges Maryland's congressional district map. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton calls Maryland's map the "most distorted and confused in the county." "In Maryland, politicians pick their voters, which is unconstitutional. Maryland...
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This post has been updated with a statement from the office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both announced on Tuesday that they are seeking to remove the Confederate flag from specialty license plates issued in their states, jumping into a growing national debate over the official use of the rebel flag. ...
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Five years ago, Maryland mounted an ambitious effort to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. And while Gov. Larry Hogan called the plan pushed by his predecessor a "war on watermen," there haven't yet been significant changes to the recovery program. Jim Mullin with the Maryland Oyster Association says there is one change though: the seafood industry has a se...
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With Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, D.C. may be facing additional hurdles in its fight for control over its own laws. That the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee is moving, as usual, to block the District from spending local funds on abortions for low-income women is no surprise. While voting on D.C.'s budget, the committee als...
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Even with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announcing a final deal with D.C. United to build a new soccer stadium in Southwest, many questions still remain. One of the big ones is the possible use of eminent domain to get the last bit of land needed to build the venue. D.C. has until the end of September to acquire all the land to build the soccer stadium, but the city is still nego...
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It's going to be a hot weekend, and advocates for the homeless are asking the public to keep an eye out for anyone who may be in need of water or a cool place to rest. Homeless issues tend to be more in the forefront of people's minds in the winter, but that population is also particularly vulnerable on sweltering summer days. That's according to Margaret Hannigan Domínguez...
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Mayor Muriel Bowser says D.C. United is staying in the District. She's expected to announce the final agreement at a press conference today. Council member Charles Allen represents Buzzard Point. That's the neighborhood in Southwest where the stadium will be built. "It's an area that currently is a scrapyard and concrete factory." Allen says the stadium will be a c...
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Two hundred years ago the first Washington Monument was built in Baltimore, and now, missing pieces of history from that original monument are being revealed. Historians knew the original 1815 cornerstone of the monument existed, they just didn't know where it was ...
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Elections officials, registrars, politicians and voters are preparing for primaries taking place across the Commonwealth of Virginia in less that two weeks. After WINVote machines were deemed unfit to use in April, there has been a scramble in some parts of the state to find alternatives. An investigation after ...
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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is abandoning his plan to boost funding to the school system by $133 million through a property tax increase of more than 15 percent. Baker says he's proposing a compromise in ...
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D.C.'s Police Complaint Board says some officers need to do a better job of identifying themselves to the public. D.C.'s Office of Police Complaints has received nearly 400 allegations of officers failing to identify themselves since 2006. Almost half of the complaints claim the officers outright refused to tell the person asking who they were. Police are required ...
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Virginia public schools refer students to law enforcement agencies or the courts at a higher rate than any other state, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. It found Virginia's rate was nearly three times the national average during the 2011-12 school year, the most recent year national data is available. Susan Ferriss investigated the issue and ...