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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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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 ...
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This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade. Funk Parade organizers couldn't get a permit to march down U Street last year, but the crowd veered off V Street anyway to where co-founder Justin Rood always imagined the parade would be. "The crowds just spilled out into the street...
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Some children got a lesson in civil disobedience earlier this year, peacefully protesting by sledding on the Capitol Hill grounds despite a ban. It's looking like they may be only sort-of breaking the rules if they go sledding next snowfall, because the House Appropriations Committee is asking Capitol Police not to enforce the sledding ban on Capitol Hill. Rep. Sam Farr of C...
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A new Political Action Committee has been created to target members of Congress who interfere in D.C.'s affairs. Justin Robinson decided to start the Not Your District PAC after some members of Congress moved to block Initiative 71, the referendum to legalize marijuana 70 percent of voters in the District approved back in Novembe...
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In the District, the debate about how to implement the police body-camera program is about transparency, privacy and money. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is proposing exempting footage taken from police body cams from freedom of information laws, and that move is drawing much criticism from Council member Kenyan McDuffie, who oversaw a roundtable to discuss concerns about the bod...
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Lawmakers and police departments across the country are grappling with questions about how best to implement programs to put body cameras on police officers, and that issue is taking center stage in D.C. on Thursday. The biggest point of contention as D.C. moves towards equipping all its officers with body cameras is who should have access to what the officers record. ...
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D.C.'s Historic Preservation Board is designating much of the interior of the Corcoran Gallery of Art a historic landmark. That puts limits on what George Washington University, which took ownership of the space last year, can do with it. Back in 2012, the DC Preserva...
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The politically conservative Koch brothers have given millions of dollars to George Mason University over the years, and the school's leader is defending that money. Ángel Cabrera, the president of the Virginia-based public university, responded to concerns about influence that the funding raises ...
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A program designed to help black and Latino boys in school launched earlier this year has the green light from the D.C.'s attorney general after a Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) raised concerns about its legality. In response to legal concerns raised by Cheh, Attorney General Karl Racine says the Empowering Males of Color Initiative does not violate gender equality laws...
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As St. Patrick's Day revelry begins, safety groups are pounding the message: Don't drink and drive, because you have plenty of options to get home. Tuesday at James Hoban's Irish Restaurant in Dupont Circle, the music started playing early and the bartenders were preparing for a long day. But manager Scott Hall says the bar is participating in the ...
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With heavy snowfall expected in the region Thursday, there's a push in the District to lift a ban on sledding on what D.C.'s congresswoman calls "a perfect sledding venue." It's the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. During the last snowfall, local parent Lyndsey Medsker took her two young sons to go sledding at the Capitol, even though it's against the rules. ...
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Back in August, the attorneys general for Maryland and D.C. joined 27 other state attorneys in asking the U.S. Food and Drug administration to regulate e-cigarettes. And while the FDA is hoping to establish rules for e-cigarettes by June of this year, some local jurisdictions and states around the country are taking matters into their own hands. On Tuesday, the Montgomery Coun...