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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.'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? ...
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Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has become the 66th senator to announce public support for a bill that would give Congress more leverage in shaping the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. for President Barack Obama's ability to work with lawmakers to finish the agreement with Tehran....
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Metro Connection Segments Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea ...
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Metro Connection Segments D.C. Museum Remembers The Women Who Fought For Equality Nearly A Century Ago ...
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The federal government says the builders of a proposed natural gas pipeline have the green light to survey a route through the George Washington National Forest in Virginia despite dire warnings from environmental groups. The U.S. Forest Service says it's issuing a temporary special-use permit allowing Dominion Resources and its partnering energy companies to take a closer l...
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The regional partnership focused on restoring the Chesapeake Bay has come up with some new strategies to make the watershed healthier, and wants public input on the plans. The EPA-led Chesapeake Bay Program has drafted 25 new management strategies for the nation's largest estuary. The strategies address everything from specific species such as black duck and brook trout to s...
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Metro Connection Segments Homeless Residents Share What It's Like To Live Outdoors In D.C. In February ...
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Metro Connection Segments Capitol Hill Restoration Society Celebrates 60 Years Of Battles Won And Lost ...
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"I don't think Congress has been taking this seriously," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says about what he sees as a lack of congressional debate over U.S. military actions against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Click Play to hear the rest of the interview with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson....
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Metro Connection Segments From Felony to a Future: D.C. Man Works To Find New Path in Life ...
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Virginia state lawmaker Joe Morrissey, who was reelected last week while serving a jail sentence, is now facing felony charges related to his relationship with an underage woman. Virginia reporter Michael Pope was in Richmond Wednesday, and he joined me to discuss the new charges against Del. Joe Morrissey and what could be next for him. The charges carry a sentence up to 10 years....