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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.


Articles Written by Jonathan Wilson

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The federal administrators and elected leaders overseeing the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay say there are signs that the watershed is getting cleaner. But environmental advocates say the restoration process is falling dangerously behind schedule. This year's symbol of progress when it comes to bay restoration is the American Shad. Once the East Coast's most plentiful fis...
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Metro Connection Segments Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town ...
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Environmental advocates are applauding ambitious new energy efficiency targets set by Maryland's Public Service Commission. A new order issued by the public service commission requires Maryland's electric utilities find a way to be 2 percent more energy efficient each year. Mike Tidwell, director of the non-profit Chesapeake Climate Action Network says energy efficiency may ...
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Metro Connection Segments D.C.'s Once Segregated Public Pools are More Mixed, But for How Long? ...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says her administration has finalized a deal to meet 35 percent of the city government's electricity needs with wind power. Bowser says the 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Iberdrola Renewables LLC is the largest wind power deal ever enter...
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Metro Connection Segments Amateur Photographer Brings Baltimore Protests To Life In New Exhibit ...
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In Prince George's County, it's now illegal to use coal tar products to seal paved surfaces. Prince George's County follows the lead of the District of Columbia, which has banned coal tar use since 2009. Neighboring Montgomery County has had a coal tar ban since 2012. Coal tar contains high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. The chemicals contain...
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Metro Connection Segments Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin ...
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A bodysnatching parasite is spreading through crab populations in the Chesapeake Bay, and so far, the crab species at risk are of little economic consequence. But biologists say this invasive parasite has cousins that could wreak havoc with the Bay's fisheries. ...
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Metro Connection Segments When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions ...
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Metro Connection Segments Meet the Man Who Led the U.S. Government's Ebola Response In Liberia ...
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D.C.'s Office of the People's Counsel has been tasked with studying whether the city could replace Pepco with a city-owned electric utility. The city council approved $250,000 in the budget for the Office of the People's Counsel to look at the benefits and feasibility of a city-owned power company. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) pushed for the measure, and says other bi...
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Biologist Lindsay Rohrbaugh has been surveying various spots in D.C. for reptiles and small mammals for nearly six years. Her work for the District Department of the Environment is scientific, but that doesn't mean it's always complicated. She utilizes coverboards -- nothing more than a square of corrugated metal or plywood, and regularly checks for critters that have crawl...
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Summer is rapidly approaching and that means more local residents will soon be spraying their lawns for certain pests. But that practice could soon be strictly a thing of the past in Montgomery County. If a proposed pesticide ban becomes law, residents will be forced to turn to organic pesticide alternatives for treating their lawns. The city of Takoma Park already passed ha...
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Metro Connection Segments A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage ...
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A fish that had nearly disappeared from the Potomac River just a few decades ago has made a sustained and measurable comeback: the American Shad. It's a fish that once supported the highest-dollar commercial fishery in the area. But don't be fooled. Catching Shad on the Potomac at Fletcher's Cove still isn't easy. High schooler Austin Hibbler and his friends are fa...
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Metro Connection Segments Baltimore Residents Say Wall-To-Wall Media Coverage Missed The Real Story ...
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It's Arbor Day, and some arborists in D.C. have a little more work to do thanks to a new website. It's called Get D.C. Trees and makes it easier than ever for residents to request new trees along their neighborhood streets. The website came from Code for D.C. programmer Emanuel Feld, who saw that the city's Urban Forestry Administration h...
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Few Marylanders are likely able to name their state insect. As it turns out, few residents have actually seen Maryland's state insect — thanks to the near-disappearance of its favorite plant. A group of faculty, staff and students at the University of Maryland are aiming to reverse the trend. The insect in question is the Baltimore checkerspot. It's a butterfly. But don't ...
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Metro Connection Segments D.C. Attraction Boasts Specialty Gardens, Streams... And Sewage? ...