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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 lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst suspected of illegally passing government secrets to the WikiLeaks website says his client will have a military hearing next month in Maryland to determine whether he will stand trial.  An Army spokesperson has confirmed that Manning's Article 32 hearing will begin Dec. 16 at Fort Meade near Baltimore and l...
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A new bill pushed by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) will force the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to change the way it does business. The legislation calls for increasing the size of the Airports Authority board from 13 to 17 members, giving Virginia two more appointees, and one more appointee each to Maryland and D.C. It also makes it easier for the governors of the tw...
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Hundreds of residents from Woodbridge, Virginia protested outside of Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in D.C. Friday afternoon. They lost their homes during flooding after Tropical Storm Lee, and say the process for getting government assistance is stacked against them.With children leading the chants, the crowd of more than one hundred people, many former ...
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An advocacy group based in Charlottesville, Virginia says discipline policies in the state's public schools are often too harsh, and fail to make schools safer. Harsh discipline hinders schools Angela Ciolfi is the legal director of the JustChildren program -- a part of the non-profit Legal Aid Just...
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The death of a bald eagle has prompted officials at the Wildlife Center of Virginia to urge hunters to take steps to curb lead poisoning of wildlife. The eagle died this week after being admitted to the center with high lead levels, according to the Associated Press.Center officials say that so far in 2011, three...
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On the side of Interstate 95 in northern Maryland, travelers zooming down the highway toward the Delaware border may catch a glimpse of a shrine to "Our Lady of the Highways." The shrine was created by a group of local priests after a multi-car crash in the 1960s that killed several people. "It is a visual, even if people don't know the history or the significance of it, or th...
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors have voted to move forward with a plan to fund the second phase of the Dulles rail project. But some supervisors and residents remain unconvinced that the so-called Silver line to Dulles Airport is a smart investment for the county...
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says a deal has been reached on funding the $2.8 billion second phase of the project to extend Metrorail to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County. Construction has already begun on the first phase, which extends Metro from Falls Church through Tyson's Corner, but there had been a dispute as to who would pay for the final stret...
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Republicans had to take just two state senate seats on Election Day from Virginia Democrats to ensure a 20-20 split in that body, making Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling the tie-breaking vote. As party faithful left the election night party in Fairfax last night, it appeared the GOP had done just that. According to this morning's tallies, Democrats have lost two key ...
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Northern Virginia is likely to have more than a few state and local races decided by the slimmest of margins in today's elections, and one of them, the state senate race in the state's 39th district, has major ramifications for the balance of power in Richmond.  If Democrats lose just two state senate seats Tuesday, Republican Lt. governor Bill Bolling becomes the tie-bre...
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Triple-A Mid-Atlantic says traffic crashes on local roads cost the region $7.4 billion a year -- that's nearly twice as much as the economic burden traffic congestion places on the region. They commissioned a study that looked at the number of annual crashes in the area combined with the Federal Highway Adminsitration's data on the comprehensive cost of traffic crashes -- cons...
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Each morning, people across the District pick up red Bikeshare rentals and peddle away through their morning commute. What they might not know is that it takes a team of people working through the pre-dawn hours to make sure those bikes are exactly where they're needed. The rush before rush hour Well before sunrise on a brisk weekday morning Alejandro ...
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President Barack Obama continues to make his case for the American Jobs Act, and speaking in D.C. Wednesday, he focused on how the bill would help repair the nation's infrastructure and put construction workers back to on the job. Flanked by a couple of orange constrution trucks and a giant American flag, Obama urged lawmakers to act. "We can't wait for Congress," Obama ...
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Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart lent his endorsement to the candidacy of George Allen for Senate in 2012 at a press conference Tuesday, a significant move from an area Republican who once questioned Allen's conservative credentials. Standing shoulder to shoulder with th...
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In Virginia a judge has found Carlos Martinelly-Montano guilty of felony murder in connection with a car crash that killed a nun and injured two others in Prince William County in August of 2010. It took less than a day for the judge to decide that Martinelly-Montano, an undocumented immigrant from Bolivia, was guilty, even as the death of Sister Denise Mosier raised questions...
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Testimony in Brittany Norwood's murder trial continues at Rockville District Court today. Norwood is charged with killing her coworker Jayna Murray inside a Lululemon yoga boutique in Bethesda in March. She first told police that she and Murray had been attacked by two masked men who broke into the store after hours. Today the jury heard testimony from two managers at the Appl...
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The Maryland Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that increased tolls begin today, Nov. 1, around the state. Rates for cars and light trucks at the Fort McHenry and Harbor Tunnels in Baltimore, as well as the Key Bridge on I-695 are increasing by $1. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll jumps from $2.50 to $4 for those vehicles. The plan also includes stiffer penal...
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The Richmond Tea Party is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city. Tea Party leaders claim the city has unfairly charged them for rallies while allowing the Occupy protesters to use the same space for several weeks for free. The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three y...
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Metro is facing more criticism over frequent escalator outages, and commuters who travel through the Bethesda stop remain frustrated even after an emergency meeting Tuesday night. The gathering of the Montgomery County Council's transportation committee was announced after all three escalators at the Bethesda station were shut down last Wednesday. Ironically, another escalator...
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Traffic congestion in Montgomery County has not gotten any better during the past two years, and the county’s network of roads continues to be strained by increasing numbers of commuters relying on cars as their primary means of travel, county planners say.  This most recent transportation evaluation comes from the annual ...