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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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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...
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Construction of High Occupancy Toll [HOT] lanes along the Capital Beltway in Virginia is nearly complete. Now, the commonwealth is preparing to finalize a deal for more HOT lanes along Interstate-95 from Stafford County into Fairfax.  State leaders say will complete a network of faster moving traffic throughout the region, but local leaders and residents aren't quite so e...
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The D.C. area's SoberRide program has been working overtime to take drunk drivers off local roads during the holiday season.The SoberRide program offers free taxi service up to $30 for intoxicated holiday revelers. Since 1993, the program has kept more than 52,000 would-be drunk drivers off D.C. area roads.While the program used to offer rides up until last cal...
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Montgomery County's Department of Transportation has applied for a $1 million grant to fund Capital Bikeshare in the southern part of the county. The proposal would fund 29 docking stations and more than 200 bikes between the Beltway and the county's border with the District, which includes Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Takoma Park, and Silver Spring. The new stations ...
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The American Automobile Association says nearly 2 million Washington-area residents are traveling 50 miles or more over the Christmas and New Year holidays. This December will see the highest number of travelers in a decade, and 90 percent of travelers heading out of the D.C. region will be doing so by driving, says Triple-A's John Townsend, which he says is a little surprisin...
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In Maryland's Montgomery County, Triple-A MidAtlantic and the Latino Advocacy group Casa de Maryland are sounding the alarm about the disproportionate number of Hispanics killed in pedestrian crashes. Triple-A's John Townsend says of the 11 pedestrian deaths ...
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One of three D.C. police officers arrested earlier this year in an internal sting operation has been found guilty of attempting to receive stolen property. Dioni Fernandez, an eight-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, was found guilty by a Superior Court judge Wednesday after a four-day trial. He's scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 27. Fernandez, 35, and...
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It's still unclear exactly what caused the mechanical failure that led to an emergency evacuation of Metro passengers near L'Enfant Plaza on Tuesday. Metro chief executive officer Richard Sarles say it was a friction ring -- part of the braking system -- that fell off of a 5000-series Blue L...
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The families of federal civilian employees killed on the job will now be honored with official American flags, thanks to a new law sponsored by Virginia Senator Jim Webb. President Barack Obama signed the civilian service recognition act this morning. It authorizes federal agencies to give American flags to families of federal workers killed on the job as a result of a crimina...
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Lawmakers in Virginia took a historic step in 2011 and passed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover some autism-related healthcare treatments. But with the 2012 legislative session weeks away, it appears the fight over how to provide help to families with autistic children may be far from over. Before Governor Bob McDonnell signed this year's autism insurance mand...