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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.


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Last year was a good one for same-sex couples in Virginia, as the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage was overturned. But while LGBT right groups are trying to build on that success, and the lawmaker who wrote that constitutional ban has introduced a bill many say would lead to di...
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In the Maryland city of Hyattsville, city council members have given initial approval to lowering the voting age in city elections to 16. That means Hyattsville may be the second municipality in both the region and the country to do so. A little more than a year and a half ago, nearby Takoma Park gave 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections. Counc...
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Several theaters in our region are showing the feature film The Interview, which Sony Pictures initially had pulled after threats of an attack, but released in about 200 theaters nationwide after reconsidering the decision. Bunny Khorana's phon...
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DC Water made headlines last week when a water main break shut down parts of the Metro during rush hour, and in another incident, residents in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood were put under ...
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A group that gives deer meat from hunters to those in need says it's not getting enough meat this year. Gary Arrington is with Hunters for the Hungry and says his organization is about 20,000 pounds of venison short this year. "A lot of food banks will tell us you know, they can get breads and cereals and canned goods and thi...
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D.C.'s ban the box law has gone into effect. The law means employers can't ask someone applying for a job about their criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. There are exceptions for facilities and businesses providing services to minors or vulnerable adults. Proponents of the measure, introduced by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward...
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This post is current as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday. In Northwest D.C., water in a portion of the Shaw neighborhood is still unsafe to drink, according to D.C. Water. Spokesperson John Lisle says there's a motor-oil like product in the water, and they're trying to figure out where it came from. "We're looking at facilities that might have that ...
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Story was last updated at 8:30 a.m. DC Water still hasn't given the all-clear on a "Do Not Drink Advisory" issued yesterday in the Shaw neighborhood of Northwest D.C. Chief Executive Officer George Hawkins says that when they tested the water, they found traces of petroleum chemicals, which could have been caused by streetwork or someone doing work...
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Six people are dead after a plane crash in Gaithersburg, Maryland earlier today. The small plane came down in a residential neighborhood close to the Montgomery County Airpark and hit a residence. Three people inside that home—a mother and her two young children—have been found dead. Ann Beale, a resident of the neighborhood where the plane crashed, didn't know...
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A prominent D.C. rabbi accused of secretly videotaping women in a ritual bathing area has been fired from Kesher Israel, the synagogue he led in Georgetown. Rabbi Barry Freundel had previously been suspended without pay, but now the Board of Directors at Kesher Israel has terminated his contract. In a statement, the board says the alleged acts leading to the termination were...
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A former Georgetown student who made ricin in his dorm room has been sentenced to a year in prison. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Daniel Milzman used his iPhone to learn how to make ricin, though it's unclear what he intended to do with the lethal poison. On Monday, he was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, but the seven-and-a-half months he's already serv...
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Republican Congressmen in Virginia are appealing a recent federal court ruling that would require the General Assembly to redraw the state's congressional districts by April of next year. The ruling accuses state legislators of packing too many black voters into Virginia's District ...
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An amber alert has been issued for two toddlers from Anne Arundel County. Police are looking for Tiamarie Valenzuela and her two children Gabriano Lloyd and Gia Lloyd. According to police, Valenzuela's boyfriend says she took her 1- and 2-year-old children and threa...
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In the wake of charges against Barry Freundel, a prominent D.C.-area rabbi accused of secretly recording video of at least six women in a room used for ritual bathing, a support group is meeting for the first time Tuesday night. According to volunteers with the National ...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Hannah Graham, 18, went missing in September. (Charlottesville Polic...
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Three people are dead and two others injured after a small helicopter and a plane collided near the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Thursday afternoon, officials say. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the crash between the Cirrus SR 22 aircraft and R44 helicopter took place during a helicopter training exercise around 3:40 p.m. "There's a helic...
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Jesse Matthew, the man accused of abducting missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, was accused of sexual assault at two universities in Virginia back in 2002 and 2003. Some are hoping this will lead to a push for colleges to share information about sexual assault. Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA, writes...
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A sketch of the man accused of raping a 17-year-old in Woodbridge. Police in Prince William County are looking for a man they say raped a teenager in Woodbridge. The 17...
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A prominent D.C. rabbi has been arrested on charges of voyeurism. Police say Rabbi Barry Freundel of the Kesher Israel Congregation was arrested earlier today at his home on O Street NW. Authorities are not providing further details about the case. According to Washingtonian, which first published ...
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University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has now been missing for over a month and her parents are pleading for information about their missing daughter. Sue and John Graham call the last month a nightmare and say whoever knows where their daughter is has the power to end it and needs to come forward. They say it's heartbreaking that person or those people have not spoke...