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Chris Chester

Web Producer

Chester is a web producer for WAMU 88.5. He posts and supplements content from the WAMU news team, and maintains the station’s presence on social media channels. He also writes stories .

Chester is a graduate of 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 Arlington, Va., with his wife Rachel.


Articles Written by Chris Chester

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10 Funniest Cities Chicago Boston Atlanta Washington D.C. Portland, Ore. New York City Los Angeles Denver San Francisco Seattle As the seat of the federal government and seasonal home of the country's most p...
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Watch: Washington Monument during Aug. 2011 Earthquake The Washington Monument is scheduled to reopen to th...
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Officials in Arlington are making their pitch to transform the county into a high-tech hub by announcing the expansion of their fiber optic network to area businesses and federal agencies. The program, called ConnectArlington, is a dedicated high-speed broadband network currently used to connect county fac...
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Out of Reach is a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Minimum wage-earners in the D.C. area ...
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In this area of the country, Washington D.C. gets most of the attention as a major draw for millenials and other urbanites. But it was both Alexandria and Frederick, Md., and not the nation's capital, which got the nod this year in ...
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The average income of the top 5 percent of District households is 53.8 times the average income of the bottom 20 percent, according to a report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute (PDF). This makes income inequality in D.C. the fourth-highest among large U.S. cities. D.C.'s top ea...
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Winter does not officially end until this Wednesday, and just to remind us that it's not spring yet, another snow storm has dumped as much as 6 inches of snow on the D.C. area Sunday night into Monday morning. Federal government offices are closed Monday, with agencies operating on telework procedures. Many school districts, including those in D.C., Loudoun, and Fairfax Counti...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said she doesn't think new legislation on marijuana will have a big impact on crime in the District, even as a bill decriminalizing possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is awaiting Congressional revi...
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Click to see the interactive map of America's Brain Health Index. Maintai...
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On a workshop table at Nova Labs in suburban Virginia, a custom-built drone lies on its side, emitting a shrill beeping sound. A series of wires connect the machine — which looks like a model helicopter on steroids — to a laptop, over which two young men lean in intently. At another workbench, two other men play with a tiny toy dro...
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For those who travel out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, discount airline JetBlue will soon offer direct flights to three new destinations — Charleston, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; and Nassau, Bahamas. The new destinations come as a consequence of the recent merger of America...
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All eight candidates for D.C. Mayor were in attendance at the WAMU 88.5 media center for a live mayoral debate on Wednesday night. The panel, composed of WAMU reporters Patrick Madden and Kavitha Cardoza, alongside NBC 4 reporter Tom Sherwood, asked the field questions about a n...
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Hackers targeting the University of Maryland have made off with the personal information, including Social Security numbers of 309,079 students, faculty, staff and alumni from both the College Park and Shady Grove campuses. The database that was hacked also included names, dates of birth and University identification numbers of anyone who has been issued a University ID since ...
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The D.C. region has been inundated by snow, sleet and rain, shutting down area airports, rail service and Metrobus. But while the federal government and local schools are closed for the day, there are still some going in to work. WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition host Matt Mc...
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Winter Storm Resources School Closings Emergency Shelters and Hypothermia Tips VDOT's Snow Plow Tracker ...
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Winter Storm Resources School Closings Emergency Shelters and Hypothermia Tips VDOT's Snow Plow Tracker ...
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Both Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley have declared states of emergency ahead of a storm that is expected to drop as much as 9 inches of snow and sleet on parts of the D.C. area on Wednesday night into Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the area effective from 8 p.m. Wednesday night through 3 p.m....
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City Final Rank Washington 1 Seattle 2 Minneapolis 3 Atlanta 4 Pittsburgh 5 Denver 6...
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Residents on Maryland's Eastern Shore and Coastal Delaware reported earthquake-like tremors earlier this afternoon that shook the ground and rattled windows. While officials were initially puzzled, the booms are now being attributed to supersonic flights. Social media was abuzz this afternoon here on the coast as people took to their accounts to report earth-shaking tremors th...
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Virginia is for lovers, as the popular advertising campaign goes. But according to a new list released by Amazon.com, one Virginia city stands out for its romantic inclinations: Alexandria. Alexandria ranked fifth on Amazon's list of the "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities i...