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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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Discovering what people think of a city can be a pretty tricky proposition. Ask people on the street, and they may try and be polite. Solicit complaints from a tourist board, and you may get too much negativity. But what about from behind a computer screen? The things people put into the Google search engine may be a revealing way to track attitudes about a city. For those not...
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Sandwiched between the distinct cultural areas of the American South and Northeast, the cultural identity of the D.C. area has always been somewhat in flux, depending on the factors one chooses to cite. A map of American dialects compiled by North Carolina State's Department of Statistics may offer some insig...
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A family of four needs to earn $88,615 a year to enjoy a modest existence in the greater Washington D.C. area. That data comes from the family bud...
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At first glance, proposed legislation from Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) sounds normal enough — the pair is calling for a new national historic park to commemorate one of the most significant happenings in American history. What makes the proposal slightly out of this world is that the park would be placed on the surface of the moon. As or...
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Brace yourself, dinosaur fans. The National Museum of Natural History will soon be home to a nearly-complete skeleton of the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex. One of the largest carnivorous land animals ever to exist on earth, the 66 million-year-old specimen weighs 7 tons and is more than 38 feet long. This particular dinosaur is special because m...
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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of the D.C. area through 10 p.m. tonight. The watch, effective from 2 p.m. this afternoon, covers most of the counties in the region, including: Anne Arundel, Charles, Howard Montgomery and Prince George's in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun in Virginia; and the District of Columbia. Meteorologist...
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D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) made his campaign for mayor official today. It has been known for several weeks now, and was alluded to during Politics Hour Friday on ...
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Rank State Rates of Arrest for Marijuana Possession (Per 100,000 Residents) 1 D.C. 846 2 New York 535 3 Nebraska 417 4 Mar...
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Top 10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals Rank City Score 1 San Jose, Calif. 3.94 2 San Francisco, Calif. 3.93 3 ...
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Top 10 Most Ozone-Polluted Metropolitan Areas Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, Calif. Visalia-Porterville, Calif. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. Fresno-Madera, Calif. Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Yuba City, Calif.-Nev. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, Texas ...
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One of the biggest draws at Arlington National Cemetery is The Tomb of the Unknowns, a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. The Tomb is guarded by the stoic-faced...
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District of Columbia Status: Active Qualifying Conditions: HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucomaAmount Allowed: 2 ouncesDispensaries: Four dispensaries have been approved. Maryland Status: Legis...
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Do you feel safe walking alone at night? Nearly three in four residents of the D.C. Metro area report that they feel safe walking alone at night, ...
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States with the shortest wait time Alaska 16 minutes, 28 seconds Wisconsin 16 minutes, 29 seconds Minnesota 17 minutes, 8 seconds New Hampshir...
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For those who live and work in the D.C. region, long commutes punctuated by massive Metro breakdowns and traffic delays are the norm. According to data from the Censu...
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Minimum-wage earners need about three full-time jobs to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. ...
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The D.C.-based online daily deals company LivingSocial has confirmed that it is laying off 400 members of staff, including as many as 160 in the District, according to a report from the Washington Business Journal. Employees in the customer servi...
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Kevin Payne, the only chief executive and president that D.C. United has ever known, stepped down on Tuesday. "To the players, coaches, co-workers and fans, I can only say thank you so much for the great privilege of having been part of the D.C. United family," Payne said in a statement. "I'm very excited about the next phase of my life, and very excited about the next phase f...
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Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals has been voted National League Rookie of the Year, following a breakout season after being called up to the big leagues in late April. Harper, just 19 years old, was a fan favorite at Nationals Park this season, with a .345 on-base percentage, 22 home runs, and 18 stolen bases. Fans rewarded him for his stellar performance in the outfie...