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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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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...
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Volunteers are collecting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations for the Marines' annual Toys for Tots fundraiser.Staff Sergeant Acosta stands outside in the frigid air, greeting passengers getting off Amtrak trains at Union Station. He's holding a large Toys for Tots donation jar."My hands are freezing but it's fine. I think about the children especially in our time...
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The frigid air and gusty winds that swept in quickly over the weekend are leaving residents to dig out those heavy winter coats. The change in temperature is also causing problems for utilities.Bitter wind chills and temperatures hanging in the 30s will stick around for the next couple of days, with overnight lows dropping in to the 20s. The frosty weather doesn't bode well for...
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Congress is getting involved in record-keeping at Arlington National Cemetery. As controversy continues over mismarked graves, senators say they want more clarity in how graves are identified at Arlington.The Senate passed a measure Saturday that would make the Army account for every grave at Arlington and correct any errors. It would also require the secretary of the Army to r...
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Army officials have launched a criminal investigation: They want to know how multiple sets of cremated remains at Arlington Cemetary ended up in a single grave.A cemetary spokeswoman says officials found the remains of eight people buried in one spot back in October, with a headstone marked "unknown."Since then, investigators have identified three sets of the remains: on...
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The National Zoo will be all lit up Friday night for ZooLights, and this year the event free to the public.The gates open at 6 p.m with animal light displays and a new train ride for children. The zoo has partnered with Amtrak to create a Zoomagintion train station, which will be on d...
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It appears Prince George's County Police Chief, Roberto Hylton, will be out of a job come Monday. Reports say County Executive-elect Rushern Baker, who will be sworn in on Monday, has decided to let Hylton go. But the reports also say Baker has given no specific reason for the decision.The move comes amid an ongoing federal probe into corruption in Prince George's that involves...
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that water in almost 15,000 D.C. homes may still be contaminated by lead.DC Water replaced water lines serving thousands of homes from 2004 to 2008, but homeowners were responsible for replacing any lead pipes on their side of the property line. Those who didn't may have increased their risk of lead contamination.Th...
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Marilynn Bland, the Prince George's County council member scheduled to be installed as clerk of the court this week, is being charged with assault.The director of the Prince George's County Council's Youth Commission, W. Randy Short, has filed charges against Bland, saying she assaulted him earlier this month.Short says the alleged assault happened on Nov. 17 at the Coun...
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Donations to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign are down this holiday season. This year the Salvation Army's goal is to raise $1.6 million, up from last year's $1.5 million. But the group is already having trouble collecting donations.Ken Forsythe, a spokesman for the Salvation Army, says he believes the economy may still be recovering."In the first snapshot that w...
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Metro is working to improve its safety record by piloting a new audio warning device on some Metrobuses. The devices are designed to help reduce pedestrian accidents.The new recordings alert pedestrians when a Metrobus makes a turn at an intersection: "Pedestrians, bus is turning." And this voice command is heard inside the bus: "Caution, look both ways." This reminder is inten...
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Metro Transit police are investigating the stabbing of a man at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth station. A Metro spokeswoman says a man was stabbed while exiting the station around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.The victim had passed through the fare gate when he was approached by another man who stabbed him in the neck.The Georgia Avenue-Petworth station, located in Northwest D.C., se...
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Metro says it will boost service this week to help Thanksgiving travelers get in and out of D.C. airports. The transit agency plans to have additional buses on standby to serve Dulles International Airport and BWI Marshall Airport -- that's in addition to the regular Metrorail service to Reagan National. Metrorail service will operate on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving day, running fro...
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This is the first weekend of "Christmas on the Potomac" at National Harbor, and the event is expected to draw thousands to Maryland's Prince George's County this weekend.The display features a Dr. Seuss winter wonderland made of 2 million pounds of ice carved by 40 artisans. Approximately 200,00 people visited the display last year.Margot Amelia with Maryland Travel and ...
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Wal-Mart plans to open four stores within the District, promising to boost the local economy with approximately 1,200 new jobs and lower prices for consumers.The paved piece of property near the intersection of Georgia Avenue Northwest and Peabody Street used to be a car lot. Now it's one of four sites where Wal-Mart has proposed putting a new store.Currently, it houses ...
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The Farragut North Metro station is back open this morning. It was closed overnight after construction crews working outside the station caused materials to fall from the ceiling to the platform.Several of the ceiling tiles over the platform and over the track are missing. Some appear to be stacked in a pile, close to a construction site that has been sectioned off near the esc...
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UPDATE: George Mason Drive in Arlington, between 15th and 16th Streets remains closed, as power crews work to repair two poles that came down after a tree fell on them. Officials say the road could be closed the entire day. In Northeast D.C. the neighborhoods along Brentwood road and Eastern Avenue saw the most damage. The Brentwood Post Office and a nearby shopping center suffered ro...
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A new study by the Department of Agriculture shows Latino children in America are the most likely to face hunger but are also the most likely to be overweight or obese. Those findings may seem somewhat contradictory, but experts say they can be attributed to economic factors such as access to healthy food."Latinos are less likely to live in neighborhoods where there is a grocer...
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An investigation into public corruption continues this morning. So far, federal authorities in Maryland have charged nine people, including three Prince George's County police officers.The federal indictment outlines charges of corruption, drug trafficking, and firearm violations.Seven people, including two of the officers, were charged in a scheme to sell untaxed cigare...
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Click HERE for an updated version of this story.Three police officers were arrested this morning in Maryland's Prince George's County. The arrests are connected with the corruption probe that led to the arrest of County Executive Jack Johnson on Friday.An FBI spokesperson says several police officers are under arrest,...