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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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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...
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Metro Connection Segments Co-working Spaces Seek to Redefine the Way We Work ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline will be a game-changer for his state's economy. Some environmental activists are calling McAuliffe's support for the project a huge mistake. McAuliffe joined executives from Dominion resources and Virginia Natural Gas as he announced his blessing for the project. He cited an independent study w...
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In honor of its 125th anniversary, the National Zoo is once again home to the animals that sparked the conservation movement: the American Bison. The bison, two females, are only about a year old — in captivity they live 15 or 20 years — and they're newly-named: Wilma and Zora. Gallaudet and Howard University students voted on the names, as both schools use the bison as ...
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A group of commercial watermen is calling on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to radically change the way it manages the state's Blue Crab population. The Virginia Blue Crab Industry Panel wants state regulators to move away from daily limits and seasonal restrictions on crabbing, and create a pilot program that would experiment with annual limits instead. ...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Is D.C.'s Official Weather Measured in Virginia? ...