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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.


Articles Written by Chris Chester

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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...
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See D.C.'s ZIP Codes Where you live can say a lot about who you are, how much money you have, and what kind of lifestyle you lead. These generaliza...
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If there's no doubt in your mind who you're going to vote for in D.C., you can jump ahead of the crowd and cast your ballots now. The two-week period of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election started Monday at One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW). Any D.C. voter can cast a ballot between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., except on Sunday. Early voting will expand on ...
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For the uninitiated, navigating the streets of Washington D.C. can be an exasperating exercise. Sure, it's a grid, but why are there four different M Streets or four different 5th Streets? If the roads are based on the letters of the alphabet, why is there no J Street? Or X, Y, and Z Streets, for that matter? And what's with the traffic circles? Listen as D.C. native and lon...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Residents in Northern Virginia who were outside earlier today got a stunning (and noisy) treat, as a group of 23 World War II-era p...
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Metro will begin the work of replacing the escalators at the Bethesda Metro station on Monday. It's a process that WMATA says will take two and a half years — putting the projected completion date in spring of 2017. The 106-foot escalators are the second-longest in the Western Hemisphere — bested only by those at the Wheaton Station on the other end of the Red Line — whi...
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Virginia is host to plenty of fun activities for tourists and day-trippers, but as soon as fall comes around, one attraction tends to take the cake: taking in the autumn colors in Shenandoah National Park. Miss the peak by even one or two weeks, however, and you can be rewarded b...
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The portions of Prince George's County in red are affected by the BWA. ...
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The water advisory is in effect for the portion of southern Prince George's County in blue. Click to see the full map. ...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick brings his experti...
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins  in a ruling on Wednesday, saying the team's name is offensive to Native Americans. "We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they ...
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Virginia was the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America more than 400 years ago, but would not officially become a state until June 25, 1788. To celebrate more than two centuries of statehood, we have compiled a Virginia “bucket list” full of Old Dominion activities that area residents should try to experience at least once. (Of course, if you pref...
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D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will retire effective next month, according to an announcement by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday morning. Ellerbe has served the city for more than 30 years and has headed the 2,000-member department since January 2011. Assistant Chief Eugene Jones will be promoted to Interim Fire Chief in his stead. “This was a dream for me w...
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Rank Metropolitan Area 2014 Score 1 Washington, D.C.  77.3  2 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 73.5  3  Portland, Ore.  72.1  ...
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Drivers in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore have earned a reputation for rudeness, according to a report released this week. The "Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey" by the roadside assistance company AutoVantage ranked Baltimore the third least courteous and D.C. fourth among major American cities. The survey measur...