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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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A Loudoun County judge is rejecting a request for a gag order from a man wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of three Alexandria residents. Charles Severance is in jail awaiting trial in Loudoun on an unrelated firearms charge. His attorney filed a motion to bar lawyers and...
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Dozens of people have been displaced in Prince George's County after their homes flooded. Flash floods hit Berwyn Heights hard this morning, filling the basements of about two-dozen homes with water. Mark Brady with the fire department says the homes are around the 8900 block of 59th Avenue, and it's unclear at this time exactly how many people have been displaced. ...
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Ridesharing services Uber and Lyft both say they will continue normal operations in Virginia even after the state's Department of Motor Vehicles sent cease and desist letters to both companies. Uber and Lyft allow users with smartphones to order a car ride from their phones, like hailing a cab. The department says the companies must stop operating immediately becau...
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Defense lawyers for a man who's been called a "person of interest" in three high profile murders in Alexandria don't want those involved in the case talking to reporters. Attorneys for Charles Severance have filed a motion for a gag order, according to the Loudoun County District Court. This means lawyers on both sides of the case as well as investigators would be barred fro...
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Prince William County Police are looking for a man they say could provide information on the rape a woman in her apartment in Woodbridge early this morning while children were in the home. The 34-year-old woman told police the incident happened after she awoke to an unknown man inside her bedroom. He was armed with a handgun. The two children in the home were unharmed. ...
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Two groups leading the charge against the Washington Redskins' name are sending letters to every NFL player urging them to speak out against the team's name. The Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians say the name of the football team is an offensive racial slur and they're taking their case directly to the players today. Jacqueline Pata...
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The U.S. National World War II Memorial in Washington is adding new technology to help connect with younger visitors to the site as the memorial reaches its 10-year anniversary. The new interactive kiosks have touch screens and feature content about women who served during the war, a group of African-American pilots called the Tuskegee Airmen, and more. Michael Bu...
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D.C. police say three recent violent robberies may be related, and are looking for a man they believed stabbed two women in the neck. In each instance a man snuck up behind a woman with a knife and robbed her. In two of them, the woman was stabbed in the neck. Two of the attacks happened Wednesday night, one near Gallaudet University and the other in the Capitol Hill n...
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In Virginia, health officials in both Fairfax and Loudon County are warning those who visited certain locations in the area that they may have been exposed to measles. Out of "an abundance of caution," county officials are alerting people who may have been exposed to a child with measles between April 23 and May ...
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A man Alexandria Police want to question in relation to three high-profile murders was brought to Loudoun County Monday afternoon after being extradited from West Virginia. According to a booking officer at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail, Charles Severance was taken by US Marshals at 2 p.m. Monday to Virginia's Loudoun County, where he faces an unrelated gun charge...
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Twenty-eight homes in Prince George's County are being evacuated after a slope failure put the homes in danger. A portion of Piscataway Drive near Fort Washington collapsed over the weekend, causing a water main and sewer failure. County officials say conditions are continuing to deteriorate and it's necessary to evacuate the homes. They say there's limited access to sanitat...
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A conservative group in Maryland hopes to overturn the state's new law barring discrimination against transgender people by voter referendum. The law protects someone who is transgender from losing their job or being denied housing for simply being tran...
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Former Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan is being accused of punching a man outside a D.C. nightclub. Morgan has been charged with misdemeanor assault. D.C. Police say he punched a valet driver in the upper lip, an accusation Morgan denies. Morgan reportedly got out of a car with two women and then punched the valet driver — who claims the football playe...
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D.C. police are looking for three men who robbed eight Catholic University students at gunpoint after tying them up with zip-ties in a home in Northeast D.C. Police say one student was leaving a group home on the 3300 block of Seventh Street NE when a gunman forced him back inside. Then two other gunmen came in and zip-tied the hands of the students before stealing money and...
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The trial for R&B singer Chris Brown, accused of assaulting a man in D.C., is expected to begin tomorrow. A man from Maryland accused Brown and his bodyguard of punching him outside a Washington hotel in October. The trial for his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, is already underway and the Judge Patricia Wynn is expected to rule tomorrow before Brown's trial begins...
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This man is suspected of a sexual assault on April 1. Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a park in Northwest D.C. earlier this month. ...
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Juan Pineda restored this mural in Adams Morgan years ago...
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The D.C. Fire lieutenant accused of not responding to a man who collapsed across the street from her fire station is retiring — and avoiding repercussions. Lt. Kellene Davis' move to retire comes as a trial board is weighing whether to discipline her for not pr...
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The Washington Humane Society is investigating what they say may be ritualistic killings of animals whose bodies were found in Northwest D.C. Six chickens, what's believed to be a pygmy goat and two pigeons were found in Rock Creek Park yesterday, some of them decapitated. Scott Giacoppo with the Humane Society says this appears to be an animal sacrifice from the S...
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The Metropolitan Police Department is releasing new photographs of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who's been missing from the District for almost a month, and 51-year-old man they believe she is with, Kahlil Tatum. The picture of Tatum shows distinctive tattoos on his left arm. Those tattoos include an "Ankh," the Ancient Egyptian symbol for life, and another figure that's repeated,...