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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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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 ...
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Worshippers at the Northern Virginia mosque where Anwar al-Awlaki once served as imam have mixed reactions to news that he was killed in an air strike by U.S. forces. After his time at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, al-Awlaki moved to Yemen and become one of the world's most notorious terrorists. Many worshippers at the mosque said Friday that he besmirched their mosque a...
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The Alexandria Police Department hosted Vice President Biden as the Obama administration tries to gather support for the American Jobs Act. The famously gaffe-prone vice president did offer the crowd of police officers and city leaders one linguistic slip-up Thursday. It came as he compared Alexandria's current roster of 300 police officers to police departments in places...
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The town of Warrenton will improve building access for disabled residents under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department announced the agreement Wednesday. It was reached as part of an effort to ensure that cities and counties nationwide comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Nearly 200 agreements under the initiative have been...
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  Virginia's two U.S. Senators say they still have serious concerns about the traffic around the Department of Defense's new Washington Headquarters Service office at Mark Center. Senators Mark Warner (D) and Jim Webb (D) joined Congressmen Jim Moran (D) and Gerry Connolly (D) in ...
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The historic Lincoln Theatre is running out of operational funding, and the city, which owns the theater, says the current budget doesn't include money for the U Street Landmark. The theatre, one of the District's most famous landmarks, may be forced to close. "I don't know how the Lincoln's gonna survive another year," says Jim Graham, Ward 1 councilmember, who sits on the th...
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In Virginia, lawyers for a man imprisoned nearly 30 years for at least one crime he didn't commit are asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to exonerate him in two other sexual assaults. Thomas Haynesworth petitioned the full court for writs of actual innocence, which would vacate rape and abduction convictions for two sexual assaults in 1984. Virginia Attorney General Ken...
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  The former Marine accused of firing shots at the Pentagon and other military buildings apparently has tried to escape from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Yonathan Melaku, 22, has b...
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Residents and elected leaders in Prince William County will meet this evening to discuss whether extending Metrorail to Woodbridge and beyond is realistic. Rep. Gerry Connolly, who represents the region on Capitol Hill, will host tonight's meeting. He says Metro isn't necessarily the solution for traffic congestion in Prince William County, but he believes the region needs to ...
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Virginia education officials are planning to seek a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law, now that President Barack Obama is allowing states to waive basic elements of the Bush-era school reform act. The Commonwealth's Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says that Virginia expects to seek exemptions from certain aspects of the federal law, but that t...
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The Army's acting Inspector General says there's been a dramatic turnaround in the operation of Arlington National Cemetery. Major General William McCoy delivered his positive assessment today to Congressional lawmakers. The words come just one year after his office issued a scathing report that cited misplaced remains among dozens of problems caused by mismanagement at the ce...
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The American Civil Liberties Union is telling administrators at a high school in Stafford County, Va. they must allow students to wear T-shirts protesting the suspension of a classmate. The yellow T-shirts in question sport the slogan "Free Banana Man" - in reference to a student suspended after sprinting around a football field wearing a banana costume. The ACLU sent ...
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Metro has released a list of the ten worst Metrorail stations when it comes to crime. The list is part of Metro's latest security report (PDF), and puts the Suitland station on the Green Line and the Orange Line's Deanwood station in a tie for the station with the mo...
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Virginia's State Board of Education has signed off on overhauled versions of two elementary school textbooks that were initially riddled with factual, grammatical and typographical errors, according to the Associated Press. The board approved new, corrected editions of "Our Virginia: Past and Present'' and "Our America to 1865,'' published by Five Ponds Press.  The origin...
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Rapes in Washington, D.C. have jumped a startling 25 percent in 2010, despite an overall decrease in violent crime, according to an FBI report released  Tuesday. There were 187 rapes reported in D.C. in 2010, up from 150 in 2009. Nationwide, rape dropped 5 percent. D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says this year's figures are on par with past years. ...
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Two Prince George's County police officers were indicted by a grand jury on assault charges Tuesday, in connection with the alleged beating in March 2010 of an unarmed University of Maryland student on the streets after a win by the school's basketball team. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced the indictments against Officers Reginald Baker and James Harrison  Tu...