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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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The National Defense Authorization Act and FAA Reauthorization Bill calls for a new test range. In a letter request made this week to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) asked the federal government to select the region to host the unmanned aircraft systems test range. In the letter, McDonnell and O'Malley highlig...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell( R) is asking the General Assembly to continue Virginia's 30-year ban on uranium mining. McDonnell wants state lawmakers to hold off on any action permitting uranium mining while a newly created multi-agency workgroup conducts a study on the efficacy and safety of the industry.  The ban has been a subject of debate in Richmond beca...
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Update: 7:30 p.m.: Online activists with the group 'Anonymous' struck back after Megaupload was taken down -- using denial of service attacks to shut down the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice, Universal Music, the Motion Picture Association of America, the U.S. Copyright Office, the FBI and the White House. A spokesman with the group says it was just...
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According to federal prosecutors, two Metro workers have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in coins from malfunctioning fare machines. Federal prosecutors allege 58-year-old Horace McDade, of Bowie, Md., and 54-year-old John V. Haile, of Woodbridge, Va., worked as a team to systematically pilfer from the transit agency's malfunctioning fare machines. McDa...
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Howard County and the city of Columbia, Md. are exploring the idea of a Bikeshare program. If it moves forward, the bike sharing program could set the model for suburban bike sharing across the region. Jonathan Wilson takes a closer look at the proposal and talks with planners, residents and a national Bikeshare expert (who also happens to be a Columbia resident) about the challenge...
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Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says his office has reached a settlement with a company that solicited funds for a fraudulent group that donated to political candidates. Associated Community Services Inc. or ACS, made telemarketing calls for a group calling itself the United States Navy Veterans Association. The group, which claimed it assisted disabled veterans an...
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Metro is conducting weekday track work on the Red, Orange and Blue lines that will cause delays of up to 15 minutes at certain times of the day through the end of the week.Metro says that beginning Tuesday and continuing through Friday, trains will single track on the Red Line between Van Ness and Friendship Heights during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That will result in...
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An audit of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's transition and inaugural finances shows thousands of dollars in payments to Howard Brooks, a campaign staffer, totaling $34,000 between November 2010 and March 2011. Brooks has been accused of giving cash to former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown as part of an arrangement with the Gray campaign. Brown has said he was paid and promised a...
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Brian Wonsom, 15, pleaded guilty today in Prince George's County Circuit Court. Wonsom, who was 14 at the time of the killing but faced adult charges, was sentenced to 85 years in prison. Defendants convicted of violent crimes in Maryland are eligible for parole after serving half their sentence. In pleading guilty, Wonsom acknowledged killing Hannah Wheeling, who was ...
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Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says a well-known car title lender will refund nearly $600,000 to more than 850 customers as part of a settlement with the Commonwealth. Cuccinelli announced the settlement with Dominion Management Services Inc. on Thursday. The company does business as CashPoint, which makes consumer loans secured by motor vehicle titles. The...
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Metro's board met Thursday, and the main item on the agenda was the budget. The proposal, from Metro manager Richard Sarles, calls for hiring 1,000 workers to bolster the system's maintenance and safety efforts, and also proposes hikes in fares. The fare plan, released ...
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D.C.'s Department of Transportation recently opened another portion of the new 11th Street Bridge, allowing eastbound traffic to cross the Anacostia River. DDOT's John Lisle says the project is unprecedented for his agency, at least in recent history. "We're about to come up on our 10-year anniversary as an independent agency at DDOT, and certainly, during that decade, this is...
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The Episcopal Church has scored a victory in a Virginia court, years after it was essentially evicted by local congregations dismayed by the church's liberal theology. On Tuesday a judge ruled that The Episcopal Church should be restored as the owner of seven Virginia churches, including two historic congregations that trace their roots to George Washington: ...
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Many residents have never heard of "devolution" before, unless they're a transportation or legislative wonk. The term means to have counties and cities take over maintenance of secondary roads. Right now the Virginia Department of Transportation has much of that responsibility. Prince William County Board of Supervisor Corey Stewart, a Republican, says if the Governor and Gene...
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced his intentions to run for governor in 2013, but he'll have some competition for the Republican nomination from current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Cuccinelli currently finds himself in the somewhat strange position of defending his chief rival for the governor's seat in court. State Democrats are suing Lt. Gov. Bolling over how...
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The debate over how to fund transportation needs in Virginia seems to be never-ending, but there's one idea gaining steam in Richmond that has both Republicans and Democrats in Northern Virginia worried: it's called "devolution." Devolution is the term for having counties and cities take over maintenance of secondary roads. Right now VDOT has much of that responsibility. Pri...
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is dismissing the notion that he should resign from his position now that he's declared his attention to run for governor in 2013, competing for the Republican nomination against now Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. He says so far, his announcement hasn't changed his job as attorney general one bit -- since he hasn't truly started campaigning...
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A lot has changed in Richmond going into the 2012 legislative session next week: Republicans still control the house, but now the GOP also has an edge on the other side of the general assembly. Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling holds the tiebreaking vote in Senate now split 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats. But Fairfax County supervisor Jeff McKay, a Democrat, worrie...
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The mood in Richmond is likely to be more antagonistic than ever as Virginia's legislative session gets underway. So 2012 might not be the year the Commonwealth's long-running transportation funding problem gets solved. But there could still be some major developments on the transportation front, especially in Northern Virginia. Jonathan Wilson talks with Rebecca Sheir about HOT lanes...
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Counties in D.C.'s Virginia suburbs continue to have to lowest jobless rates in the commonwealth. Unfortunately, other areas of the state are not faring as well. The Virginia Employment Commission's latest report runs up to November 2011, and shows Northern Virginia's Arlington County having the sta...