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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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With the proliferation of hospital dramas on primetime television, it's very easy to forget just how quiet the night shift in a hospital can be. But inside the Cardiac ICU at Children's National Medical Center--the only ICU in the D.C. area that focuses specifically on cardiac patients--it's often quiet and harrowing at the same time. On this particular night, Dr. Crai...
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The winter weather advisory that was issued Wednesday morning for the D.C. region has been discontinued in the D.C. area except for Frederick and Carroll counties through 8 p.m. Light snow has already started to fall in Loudoun County and western Maryland and but the expected accumulation in D.C. and the surrounding areas is looking less likely. The D.C. government is still ad...
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Loudoun County's school board has voted to eliminate nearly 70 positions for the coming school year, and that wasn't the only tough budget choice board members made at the meeting. In total, Loudoun school board members shaved $11 million off of Superintendent Ed Hatrick's proposed $831 million budget. Large chunks of savings come from cutting the district's elementa...
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After putting off a vote for weeks, the Loudoun County, Va. school board is expected to cast a final vote on a budget Tuesday night. The budget is expected to include some controversial proposals. The school district is facing an estimated $36 million budget shortfall, and because of that, many school board members are looking for savings beyond what Superintendent Ed Hatrick'...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation is inching closer to making major changes to Interstate-66 in hopes of relieving traffic congestion. An ongoing study of the I-66 corridor is expected to wrap up in May. But concerns continue over congestion problems along I-66 in Arlington County, where residents and elected leaders are wondering how the state will address the problem...
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The FBI is now stepping in to help find the vandals who damaged a mosque in Virginia. The new Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque on Walney Road in Chantilly was scheduled to open its doors this month, but that might now be delayed. During a walk around of the three story structure today, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque spokesman Usman Gaumman pointed at shattered windows: "Al...
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Occupy DC protesters at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square have been ordered to stop camping at the parks on Monday, or risk arrest. The National Park Service began taping fluorescent yellow fliers to tents at the two encampments Friday afternoon. The fliers say NPS will begin enforcing long-standing rules prohibiting overnight camping at the sites. The move comes...
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Walking along University Boulevard in Silver Spring, Michael Petrick, with the Latino Advocacy Group CASA de Maryland, points to the four bus stops along the road, all only about an eighth of a mile from the traffic light. He says people hopping off or onto buses just don't see the value in walking up to the crosswalks to get across the street. "You also have a lot of low-inco...
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A former CIA officer who told reporters he participated in the interrogation of terrorist Abu Zubaydah has been charged with leaking classified secrets about CIA operatives and other information to reporters. John Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington stands accused of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and the Espionage Act. He made his initial appearance in federal co...
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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 ...