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Jessica Jordan

Midday Host

Jordan returned to WAMU 88.5 as Midday Host/Anchor in October 2012. Throughout the day, she brings listeners updates on weather, local news, and what's ahead during upcoming shows.

Jordan also served as a reporter for the station in 2010, bringing listeners live reports from around the region during Morning Edition.

While she was away from WAMU, Jordan helped launch an international radio program for Int’l TV Services called, Voice of Russia. While there, she hosted the daily, live current affairs program and also created a weekly consumer finance show called, Making Consumer Cents.

Before moving to Washington, D.C. with her husband in 2010, Jordan worked as a TV reporter in Tampa/Sarasota, Florida. There, she reported live for MSNBC and from the red carpet at the Sarasota Film Festival. Jordan has also worked as a political reporter for The Florida Channel and as a producer for WFTV Channel 9. When she's not on the air, you might find her cooking in her kitchen or hiking a trail in Rock Creek Park.


Articles Written by Jessica Jordan

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Police are trying to determine how the body of a military expert and longtime government consultant, who served in the Reagan and both Bush administrations, was found in a landfill in Delaware over the New Year's weekend.John Wheeler's death has been ruled a homicide. Investigators say his body was found on New Year's Eve as a garbage truck emptied its content at a landfill in ...
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In response to a state review that found factual errors in Virginia social studies textbooks, a state delegate is now working to make the state's school book review process stricter.Virginia State Delegate David Englin will file legislation Monday that would require textbook publishers to be certified by the Virginia Boa...
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Maryland residents can now skip the trip to the Motor Vehicle Administration to register their cars. The agency has new options to help drivers save time.Beginning Monday, drivers will be able to register online, over the phone or at a self-service kiosk. Another option: registering at a licensed Tag and Title service, though that will cost an additional processing fee."...
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The families of two students who were slain in the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 are going forward with a lawsuit against school officials.A date has now been set for a nine day jury trial in Circuit Court.The two lawsuits are set to begin September 26th.In the suits, the families of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson claim school officials acted inappropriat...
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If you decide to drink New Year's Eve and find yourself without a designated driver, you can still get home without getting behind the wheel.The Washington Regional Alcohol Program's, "SoberRide" will offer free cab rides from 10pm tonight until 6 am Saturday morning to help keep drunk drivers off the road.There's no charge as long as the fare is under 30 dollars....
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While many people are taking a break from work during this holiday week, car thieves are believed to be out in full force.New Year's Day is the leading holiday for vehicle thefts.More than 2700 vehicles were reported stolen last New Year’s, making the first day of the year, once again, the most popular day for car thefts.The Christmas holiday was least popular ...
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Jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor died of heart failure this week at age 89.Taylor grew up in the District, and through his storied career, left his mark on public radio and the Kennedy Center.Taylor was born in North Carolina, but attended Dunbar High School in Washington.He then studied music at Virginia State College, graduating in 1942.Soon after t...
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With tax season around the corner, Maryland's Montgomery County is seeking volunteers to give free help with preparing returns.Organizers of the county program need volunteers to serve at least four hours a week as tax preparers, greeters, screeners and interpreters this tax season, from January to mid April.Volunteers get free training on site and online. When the trai...
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Twenty-year-old Lance Cpl. Ezequiel Freire died after downing a toxic cocktail of narcotics and sedatives on Feb. 13 in a Portsmouth, Va., hospital. The Virginian-Pilot reports Freire was awaiting chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.A hospital official says Freire's death prompted a string of investigations that have resulted in corrective act...
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A survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic polled 2,000 drivers, age 16 and older, and asked if they considered drunk driving a serious threat -- more than 80 percent said they did. One out of 10 drivers admits they've gotten behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated in the last year, according to the survey.AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson John Townsend says the survey shows that some driver...
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One District resident is blaming Pepco for severe fire damage to his home. He says the power company should have responded sooner to a downed electrical line was that was on fire.Lou Constantino says he and his wife called Pepco to report a power line engulfed in flames Monday. They told the power company, the electrical line's casing was melting and setting off additional fire...
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Drivers will shell out $34 billion in December on fuel, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The numbers come from spikes in fuel prices. More changes could be on the way.The former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, predicts drivers will be paying $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012.John Townsend, a spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic, doesn't believe fuel costs will jump...
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is on her way to becoming the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate. Mikulski will be sworn in for her fifth term next week. The 74-year-old Democrat joined the Senate back in 1986. This week, she'll surpass the longstanding record of the late Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (Maine) who held her seat for 24 years.Mikulski se...
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A winter weather advisory goes into effect Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., bringing snowfall that's expected to stick to roadways -- possibly making morning and evening commutes difficult.The freezing temperatures coupled with precipitation are likely to produce icy roadways, bridges, and overpasses which make for extremely dangerous conditions.D.C.'s Homeland Securi...
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A SuperShuttle van driver was arrested outside the main terminal at Dulles Airport Monday morning after ramming at least six cars along I-66. Police have identified the driver involved as Muhammed Teshale, a 25-year-old SuperShuttle van driver from Alexandria."Based on witness statements and from the van's driver, he was traveling between 90 and 95 miles per hour when he was he...
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An 18-year veteran Army doctor heads to court Tuesday after refusing to deploy to Afghanistan. He questions whether President Obama is eligible to give orders as Commander in Chief.Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin has posted several videos on YouTube explaining why he failed to report to a Kentucky Army base earlier this year to prepare for deployment."For the first time in all m...
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The Marine Corps says it's in dire need of donations to the annual Toys for Tots drive. As the collection winds down, volunteers are wondering if they'll have enough to supply the additional families set to pick up toys for their children this year.Marine Staff Sergeant Eugene Sharp believes the economy may be the reason for a dip in donations and the increase in need this year...
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A federal report says Virginia Tech officials broke the law back on April 16, 2007, when they failed to warn students that a gunman was on the loose. The Virginia Tech shootings ended with the death of 33 students on campus. Some parents are satisfied that the school is being held responsible.The U.S....
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Interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has appointed a new principal for Dunbar High School. She says the change in leadership is necessary to keep students and teachers safe. The new appointment comes after a student was reportedly raped on school groundsOutside Dunbar High school on Thursday, three police cars were parked out front. Inside, additional security guards ...
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In an average year, 30 million Americans drive while drunk and 10 million drive while impaired by illicit drugs, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The group surveyed U.S. drivers and found that teens and young adults had much higher rates for driving intoxicated."We asked individuals in the past year, had they used drugs...