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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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They're calling it a "Rail-Volution." The district is hosting hundreds of transportation officials, urban planners, and leaders from across the country for an annual transportation conference this week, and that trains a national eye on local transportation projects. Arlington touts transit development...
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Virginia's Senators have proposed legislation that would help rehabilitate old school buildings, and while the plan is getting bipartisan support, one area school district leader says the scope of the effort is more limited than he'd like. The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Jim Webb (D) amends current law to allow local governments to use the Federal Reha...
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The chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority wants local leaders to oppose federal legislation that would give Virginia more influence on its board. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has proposed legislation that would give Virginia four more members on the MWAA board when it already has a majority. The bill came in reaction to the recent dustup between Fairfax and Lou...
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Virginia may be losing hundreds of millions of dollars each year because of errors in the processing of medicaid applications. The estimate comes from the state's Joint Legislative and Audit Review Commission, or JLARC -- and the report on Medicaid errors says improperly enrolled recipients could have cost the state anywhere between $18 million and $263 million in fiscal year 200...
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  Clear, tepid water streams out from underneath rows and rows of plastic piping, perky green lettuce leaves and sprouts peeking out through hundreds of holes in the pipes. That water is the future of farming, at least according to Endless Summer Harvest owner and operator Mary Ellen Taylor, who is standing amid the rows in her hydroponic greenhouse.  Decades...
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  Clear, tepid water streams out from underneath rows and rows of plastic piping, perky green lettuce leaves and sprouts peeking out through hundreds of holes in the pipes. That water is the future of farming, at least according to Endless Summer Harvest owner and operator Mary Ellen Taylor, who is standing amid the rows in her hydroponic greenhouse.  Decades...
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is no longer saying that Occupy Wall Street protesters amount to "mobs," but he says they're divisive in ways that tea partiers are not, according to Associated Press. In comments to reporters Tuesday, the Virginia Congressman refused to repeat or renounce his comment over the weekend that the protests in New York and Washington a...
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The Northern Virginia battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln dismissed his commanding general for stubbornly refusing his commands is among eight sites being added to the state's landmarks registry. The Unison Battlefield Historic District encompasses 8,000 acres in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. It is where Union and Confederate cavalry detachments fought for three ...
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Virginia's social services board is reconsidering whether it should prohibit faith-based adoption agencies from discriminating against same-sex couples. Today is the last day the board is accepting public comment on the issue. The proposed changes include anti-discrimination language that would force faith-based adoption agencies -- which have to be licensed by the state -- to...
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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has requested a federal disaster declaration to help individuals and families in Fairfax and Prince William counties recover from flooding caused Tropical Storm Lee. Tropical Storm Lee hit the area on September 8 and 9, and after it had passed through, assessments by FEMA, the Small Business Administration and state and local teams found more th...
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Demolition efforts have started at a trailer park in Woodbridge, more than a month after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee decimated the property. Scott Beranek, owner of a home improvement company, is volunteering his expertise and labor to take homes apart. Other local companies have helped out by donating heavy equipment. Beranek says without the donations, the flood vi...
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Demolition efforts have started at a trailer park in Woodbridge, more than a month after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee decimated the property. Scott Beranek, owner of a home improvement company, is volunteering his expertise and labor to take homes apart. Other local companies have helped out by donating heavy equipment. Beranek says without the donations, the flood vi...
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Scott Beranek runs the small home improvement company Vista Properties, and for the past two days, he and another worker have started the intimidating task of demolishing the dozens of trailers left uninhabitable by the flooding that ravaged Holly Acres Mobile Home Park after Tropical Storm Lee in August. "We're looking at probably three and a half weeks. Seven days a week, 12...
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Administrators in the Fairfax County Public School district continue to explore putting cameras inside high schools to discourage altercations and drug dealing. The idea originated with some of the school district's high school principals. They told school board members that since the district started using surveillance cameras on the outside of school buildings several years ...
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  In the past four years, 18 states across the country have closed more than 50 juvenile correction facilities, and many in the field of juvenile justice say that's not a bad thing. Kate Duvall works with Just Children -- a branch of Virginia's Legal Aid Justice Center -- and she says bureaucrats in Virginia are still recommending investment in more beds at the st...
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A jury has convicted a Northern Virginia grandmother of first-degree murder for tossing her 2-year-old granddaughter to her death from a pedestrian bridge last November at Tysons Corner Mall. The jury recommended a 35-year sentence, and prosecutors are seeking life. A judge will sentence her in January. A day after hearing closing arguments, the Fairfax County jury rej...
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Governors and other elected leaders from southern states, including Virginia, say the federal government is shackling energy companies with new rules at a time when the country and its economy can least afford it.  The 51st annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board brought governors and federal lawmakers together...
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Virignia Governor Bob McDonnell hosted governors and industry leaders from 17 other states at a meeting of the Southern States Energy Board in Alexandria Tuesday. One point of consensus that came from the meeting was that regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency are simply too onerous at a time when the country needs to focus on putting people back to work. "...
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  Late Monday morning, a shooting in the area of The Social Security Administration headquarters in suburban Baltimore prompted a shutdown. Baltimore County police were called to the scene in Woodlawn, just west of Baltimore, in response to a report of a shooting and robbery, according to the Associated Press. Police say they were called at 11:43 a.m. about the sh...
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It's hard to miss the construction around Tysons Corner as crews work on the new Metrorail project, but at least one county leader is worried that the progress isn't happening as fast as planned. Fairfax County and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, or MWAA, are already known for their tense relationship, and have been quarreling over the cost of Phase II of ...