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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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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...
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Residents in the Washington, D.C. area may have heard about the long-discussed "Outer Beltway," but many don't know about the smaller loops once proposed for the heart of Washington. Earlier transportation plans for Interstate 495 - also known as the Capital Beltway - included major highways that would have right cut through the center of the District. "The Inner Loop of this ...
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A Virginia shopping mall has suspended its use of a new technology that tracks customer movements by monitoring their cell phone signals after complaints by the ACLU of Virginia. The technology is called FootPath, and has been used in Europe. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, ...
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Virginia is getting federal help to pay for repairing roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood said today that Virginia is receiving more than $2 million from the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief program. The funding includes more than $1.4 million to reimburse Virginia fo...
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The Virginia Farm Bureau will lobby the commonwealth's 2012 General Assembly to win passage of a constitutional amendment to limit the government's ability to take private land, according to the Associated Press. The bureau, which is state's largest farm lobby, meets Tuesday through Thursday in Norfolk, Va. for its annual convention. Members will craft the group's legislative ...
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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...