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Jonathan Wilson

Environment Reporter

Wilson spent five years working as a local television reporter at stations in Indiana and Arkansas. After growing tired of local TV news, he arrived in the WAMU Newsroom in 2008 as volunteer and quickly realized that working as a public radio reporter was his dream job. Luckily, the bosses at WAMU decided not to crush his dreams and gave him a chance. Now he won’t leave.

Wilson is a graduate of Middlebury College, and received his Masters’ from the Medill School of Journalism. He is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and lives there now with his wife and his daughter.


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D.C. Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser continues to flesh out her cabinet administration, and now she's announced that a familiar face will become the next director of the District's Department of the Environment: Ward 6 Council Member Tommy Wells. To make the announcement, the mayor-elect chose a construction site in Southwest Washington. It's a site that once had contaminated soil, ...
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D.C.'s Public Service Commission is trying to determine whether the city's electric utility, Pepco, should be allowed to merge with national energy giant Exelon. And while there's plenty of opposition to the merger, the city's business community is speaking out in support of it. Opponents of the ...
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Metro Connection Segments Frager's Hardware Expected to Back Under One Roof by 2017 ...
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Previous story How Would A Merger With Exelon Affect Pepco's Reliability? If you stand in the middle of Northwest D.C.'s Mount Pleasant...
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Remember the derecho? Larry Martin can't forget it. “I think we all kind of accept the fact that there are going to be outages. After a couple of days? The anger, maybe, began to creep in. After a week? Yeah, I'd say we were angry," Martin says. Martin lives in upper northwest D.C. on Blagden Avenue, in a neighborhood called Crestwood. The neighborhood’s many ...
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Metro Connection Segments Why It's Tough To Find Home-Buyers For Low-Income Units In D.C. ...
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Anger stemming from a grand jury's decision not to indict in the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown continues to spark protests here in the nation's capital. Today outside the D.C. Office of Police Complaints on 14th Street NW, protestors were heard chanting, "What side are you on, my people? What side are you on? We're on the freedom side!" That...
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People across the city are still reeling from the death of former mayor Marion Barry, but those who worked with Barry each day inside his council offices are among those feeling his absence most acutely. Black sashes hang over both the Wilson Building's front archway and Marion's Barry's council office. And while Thanksgiving week is normally quiet here, Barry's communicatio...
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A decision on whether to allow fracking in Virginia's George Washington National Forest has parties on both sides of the debate claiming victory. The U.S. Forest Service's new management plan for the forest closes the door on additional land leases for any kind of gas drilling on most of its 1.1 million acres. That is what has some environmental advocates like Sara...
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For years, critics of efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay have said cleaning up the Susquehanna River and sediment trapped behind the Conowingo Dam should be a bigger priority. But a new report calls that thinking into question. The report comes from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Department of the Environment. It looked at sediment trapped behind the Co...
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Metro Connection Segments Could D.C. Be The Next Big Spot For Crowdfunding Companies? ...
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The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy says D.C. is climbing up its rankings for the most energy efficient places in the country. The District is not technically a state, but its treated as one by the ACEEE on its annual state scorecard, and this year the Council ranked D.C. in the four most improved when it...
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The president of the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation says a new report put out by his organization puts to rest the idea that residents in the region must choose between the economy and the environment. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation calls its report (read it below) the first-ever analysis of the economic benefits of f...
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Metro Connection Segments Remembering the Man Who Led One Of Our Nation's First Civil Rights Protests ...
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If you like boisterous, heartfelt praise music, the 7:30 a.m. Sunday service at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Anacostia might just be the cure for any early morning sluggishness. Matthews sits just up Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Historic Anacostia, across from the Barry Farm neighborhood. With a congregation of about 2,000 members, it’s one of the largest c...
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One of the District’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods recently received a visit from the Obama administration’s housing and environmental chiefs, both of whom are hoping Ivy City becomes a model for similar neighborhoods across the country. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and EPA head Gina McCarthy visited the neighborhood yesterday to wa...
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Metro Connection Segments Opponents Balk at Mayor's Stadium Proposal in Shockoe Bottom, Va. ...
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Scientists studying the Chesapeake Bay are gaining a better understanding of what makes ecologically-important underwater grasses come and go from the bottom of the bay. A new study from the University of Maryland's Horn Point laboratory focuses on the large bed of underw...