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Chris Chester

Web Producer, Reporter

Chester has been a web producer and reporter for WAMU 88.5 since August 2011. He writes original news stories for WAMU.org, maintains the station's news presence on social media, and edits content from the WAMU news team.

Chester has a Master's degree in Interactive Journalism from American University and has worked as a full-time web professional since 2008. His prior employers include The Washington Post and AOL Tech.

He resides in Washington D.C., with his wife Rachel.


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One of my favorite DC winter photos of a statue that is NOT of a dead prESIDENT or icon: The Gaithersburg Skaters pic.twitter.com/3bIVV7lXkl— Armando Trull (@trulldc) March 5, 2015...
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The lottery for tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is open this Thursday, Feb. 26 at noon. You can register now at Recreation.gov. Entering the lottery is free of charge, as are the tickets for the winners. About 30,000 people are expected to attend the...
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In a move that will likely irk D.C. area craft beer fans, DC Brau announced on Thursday that they will discontinue their free tasting policy. Under the old rules, visitors to the oldest of the District's craft breweries would receive four drink tickets good for 3-ounce beers of the suds they have on offer. That is being replaced with a system where visitors can purchase 3.5-...
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Folks getting stuck in icy snow beware pic.twitter.com/CFThb1QBXZ— Armando Trull (@trulldc) February 17, 2015 ...
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Another pic of the car crushed by a tree that blew down in #Reston @capitalweather pic.twitter.com/vuXACx6gfU— B C T (@bctravis) ...
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Few things stand out in Maryland as distinctly as its iconic flag. A fusion of the two heraldic banners of George Calvert, the first Baron of Baltimore, it's been Maryland's official state flag since 1904. Maryland is remarkably protective of its signature banner. The state's flag protocols govern everything from the lapel a Maryland flag pin should be worn on (the left side, ...
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Due to the winter weather, the Cathedral will open on a two hour delay today, January 27.— National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) January 27, 2015 ...
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Be #WinterStorm-Ready: http://t.co/2IcNsNB6uC. Image: Latest #NOAA @NWS watches, warnings for the ...
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All quiet in the snow. https://t.co/R6fqfntgA5— Chris Chester (@ChrisBChester) January 6, 2015 ...
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Update 10 a.m., Jan. 1: Mayor Vincent Gray says that the streetcar will be ready for passengers the week of Jan. 19. The streetcar will not charge fares for the first 30 days of passenger operation. We'll have more on this story as it develops. Mayor Gray says, “I am now delighted to report that week o...
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You may not be ready to throw out the Christmas tree just yet, but over the next couple of weeks, city and county workers will be picking trees up for recycling. Area residents are asked to remove all decorations from their trees before putting them out for recycling or composting. Here's how to go about it: In the Dist...
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A sewage overflow along Suitland Park in Southeast D.C. (top) was caused by the accumulation of grease from nearby residential homes (middle). Hardened blockages require the use of speci...
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As the nation's capital, D.C. is home to scores of folks whose names and faces are known throughout the world. Among the elementary school set, however, there may be no bigger celebrity than the giant panda Bao Bao, born to mother Mei Xiang in the Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2013. ...
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Workers are putting the finishing touches on the stage for The Concert For Valor — a free live event on the National Mall to honor the sacrifices of the nation's veterans and their families. Concert organizers say they are expecting as many as 800,000 people to pack it in for the concert extravaganza, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Performers signed up to part...
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It's pretty safe to say you wouldn't recognize Randi Miller if you saw her on the street. But if she opened her mouth, you might hear something familiar in her voice, like perhaps you've heard it before. In all likelihood, you've heard it hundreds of times, maybe thousands. Yes, she is the "Voice of Metro." Take a couple minutes to listen to Miller explain the "per...
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When it comes to midterm elections, young people have a reputation for not showing up at polls. In 2010, for instance, fewer than a quarter of voters ages 18 to 29 showed up to vote (pdf). In the District, there's another barrier to getting young people to vote as well: a...
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Drivers beware: there are eight new traffic cameras on D.C. roads effective today. The Metropolitan Police Department says the cameras were deployed in locations where speeding and pedestrian safety are considered a problem. The cameras will not be used to issue tickets for the first 30 days, as part of an initial "warning period." Do yourself, as well as fellow dr...
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As the longest continuously operating hotel in Washington D.C., The Mayflower on Connecticut Avenue Northwest has played host to Washington’s political elite going back to 1925. And where politicians congregate, misbehavior often follows. The Mayflower has served as the backdrop to several political sex scandals in its time, housing President John F. Kennedy’s alleged mi...
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View of the Orb-3 launch from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memoria...