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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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Almost a dozen state House and Senate districts are being challenged by a nonpartisan group advocating for redistricting reform in Virginia. Several lawsuits challenging districts in Virginia are already going through the courts. Two of them allege current districts violate the U.S. Constitution by grouping too many black voters together. Now, a new case filed Monday focuses...
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D.C. city officials have been grappling with the question of how to combat a rise in violent crime. Already this year, there have been more homicides than there were in total last year. It's not just a problem D.C. is facing, though — many cities across the country are seeing a similar trend. Later this week, D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) is holding a publi...
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In D.C., advocates for the homeless say they have questions about Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to end homelessness in the city by 2020. Amber Harding is with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. She says her organization supports the mayor's goals and they're applauding the ...
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Nearly two-thirds of low wage workers in the D.C. region are women, earning $10.10 or less an hour, according to the Washington Area Women's Foundation. The foundation set out to look at factors keeping low income women from getting higher paying jobs or finding work at all. Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat is president of the group. She says lack of access to education is a big one...
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Today you may see a lot of emergency responders at the Stadium-Armory Metro Station. But fortunately, there's nothing to be alarmed about. It's the second of four planned drills to improve safety on Metro. More than 100 emergency responders were involved in the simulation of a smoke and fire incident in a tunnel. "This is a training exercise to see what we can do t...
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A handful of activists took the fight for D.C. statehood to the boardwalk in Ocean City this week, passing out fliers and talking to beachgoers about District's lack of full representation in Congress. They also urged residents to contact a congressman: Maryland Republican Andy Harris, one of the most vocal opponents of weakening marijuana laws in D.C. The beach p...
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The D.C. Office of Police Complaints says the District's police department needs to do a better job when it comes to training officers to use chokeholds and neck restraints. "Officers were receiving no training on any kind of neck restraints at the academy," Michael Tobin, Executive Director of OPC, said. "And we also  discovered that the MPD policy does not restrict th...
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The DC Fiscal Policy Institute took a look at where charter schools get their money and how they use it. In a new report (pdf), the research group says the District should make that information easier to understand. Soumya Bhat, with the DC Fiscal Policy Institu...
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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...