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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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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...
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It's not as if Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling likes toiling in relative obscurity.  He's the first Lieutenant Governor in the Commonwealth's history to serve as a member of his boss' cabinet. Shortly after his inauguration, Governor and fellow Republican Bob McDonnell named Bolling his chief job creation officer, no small title during an economic recession.&nbs...
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Northern Virginia's congressional delegation has been fighting the Department of Defense's Mark Center complex in Alexandria for years -- and for the first time in a while today, Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, who represents Alexandria, was able to claim victory. He says they finally have some tools to fight the traffic nightmare that is developing at the Pentagon's massive ...
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Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is calling for the largest employer contributions to the state's pension system in history. McDonnell says his biennial budget proposal will recommend a total of $2.2 billion in employer contributions to the Virginia Retirement System, which is currently said to be underfunded by $20 billion.The governor says the system is underfunded -- a s...
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Virginia's Social Services Board has finalized by a 5-1 vote the latest regulations for the state's adoption and foster care system -- and they don't include the anti-discrimination language gay-rights groups wanted. This week marks the second time this year the board has decided against the including the anti-discrimination language. After an initial vote in April, the board ...
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According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, Virginia ranks 21st among the states for child homelessness. But it also says the state's efforts to address the problem are inadequate.The America's Youngest Outcasts 2010 report examined the extent of child homelessness, risk for homelessness, child w...
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D.C. pedicab operators have been complaining of hostile treatment from police around the National Mall for much of the year. Although business slows down as the weather gets colder, some pedicab drivers say unpleasant interactions with police are again heating up. Pedicab o...
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Kathleen Caggiano says she loved to travel, and she had flown dozens of times without a worry. But in 2008, something happened. She flew into Reagan National Airport from Dayton, Ohio. The flight was full, and about 30 minutes before the landing, something in her cracked.  At first, it felt like an allergic reaction, she says. "My throat started closing in," Caggiano says...
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Virginia governor Bob McDonnell says the state has reached a $1 billion deal with a private contractor for Northern Virginia's Interstate 95 HOT lanes project.Under the deal announced today, private contractor Fluor-Transurban would finance 90 percent of the $940 million project to build High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-95, with the rest of the money coming from the state. T...
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A new center for day laborers opened this week in Centreville, Va., more than a year after the proposal first sparked tension in the town as some residents tied it to the national debate about immigration policy. Organizers say the Centreville Labor Resource Center should mak...
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Tolls on the newly opened Intercounty Connector in Maryland will go into effect Dec. 5. Motorists had been able to travel the road for free since the 18-mile stretch of pavement opened Nov. 22. Drivers will pay tolls based on peak and non-peak hours, and those without an E-ZPass will be charged a higher rate, and will receive their bill in the mail. The first seven mil...