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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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As worries mount over the nation's financial crisis once again, there's no shortage of opinions in the D.C. area about how the government can help fix things. Two groups with starkly opposing points of view rallied at different sites in Virginia yesterday carrying two vastly different messages.D.C. resident Andre Henson, 22, marched with hundreds of other unemployed protesters ...
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In Northern Virginia, two groups with very different ideas about the kind of political change the country needs held gatherings today.The ambience inside the Hendry House in Arlington's historic Fort C.F. Smith Park was almost as festive as the members and supporters of the Northern Virginia Tea Party that gathered this afternoon....
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The long-running discussion about discipline in Fairfax County's public school system is the motivation behind at least one candidate's decision to run for the school board.The suicide last January of Nick Stuban -- a Woodson H.S. sophomore who was in the midst of disciplinary proceedings at the school -- helped cast a brighter light on the way the district handled students who...
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The first day of school is less than two weeks away for students in Loudoun County, and for the hundreds of homeless students, the free food and transportation that go along with the school year could be a relief. Now, a community health program is aiming to meet other needs of homeless children in the county, both those in school and those who aren't.More than 650 children cur...
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A community health program in Loudoun County is expanding its focus to the hundreds of homeless children living there.Inova Loudoun Hospital has operated the 44-foot long mobile health bus in Loudoun County for decades, but this summer, for the first time, the bus will be making regular visits to communities where there are homeless children.Loudoun County public schools...
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Leaders in Virginia's Prince William County already have one lawsuit pending against the federal Department of Homeland Security, and now they've filed another.The new lawsuit demands the release of records pertaining to all the undocumented aliens arrested on criminal charges by the county and then turned over to federal immigration agents in the last 4 years.A lawsuit ...
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The Wildlife Center of Virginia has released six rehabilitated bald eagles back into the wild this year, contributing to the comeback of the United States' national bird.One of those eagles was released yesterday. From a distance, it's easy to glance at Wildlife Center president Ed Clark and mistake his embrace of the eagle for one of affection.But Clark says his hold is...
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The Wildlife Center of Virginia has released a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild. A ceremony took place at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County to mark the event.Wearing elbow-length gloves for protection from the eagle's beak and talons, the president of the Wildlife Center of Virginia walks around so that the hundreds of onlookers who've come out can get a closer...
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The remains of 12 servicemen missing since WWII will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery this morning.Arlington National Cemetery has performed thousands of military burials and ceremonies flawlessly in the past twelve months.But Jacob Gadd, a deputy director at the American Legion, says the only way to recover from years of mi...
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In Virgina, a fourth grade teacher at an Alexandria elementary school pleaded guilty today to two counts of producing child pornography.Justin Coleman, 35, a dual language teacher at John Adams Elementary, was indicted on six counts of child pornography related charges, but he pled guilty to only two.His arrest is part of a massive investigation initiated, not by police ...
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Few neighborhoods in Northern Virginia are experiencing as much transformation as the north end of Old Town Alexandria right now, but those changes aren't coming without challenges.Local residents and city leaders gathered Tuesday night as part of a program to prevent crime and i...
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More than 10,000 communities across the country are participating in National Night Out -- an annual event aimed at bringing residents and law enforcement closer together.Residents, city leaders and police in Alexandria will be gathering for food and hopefully frank discussion this evening.Mayor Bill Euille will be stopping at several spots tonight, including the Charles...
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Loudoun Fair president John Smith says crowds have been strong all week, especially after work, when it's a little cooler and the rides are open.Smith also runs his own farm and says corn and soybean crops are suffering from the heat as well."South of here is in bad shape," he says. "And also north of here in Pennsylvania has been hit really bad as well.”Visitor...
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Board of trade president Jim Dinegar says a recent survey of member companies shows the debt ceiling deadline is weighing heavily on the minds of just about every business leader in the area."92 percent were concerned or very concerned about the potential for missing the August 2 deadline," he says.Dinegar says a federal default could not only stifle sales and consumer s...
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Jennifer Caton is one of the owners of the Bar-C Ranch petting zoo, which is showing off all kinds of animals at the fair. One popular attraction is the camel ride.Seven-year-old Eli has had people on his back all day, and right now, Caton is hosing down his legs."They have a lot of vascular tissue up in their thighs, and so when you wash down their legs the evaporation ...
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Arlington County's chief financial officer Michelle Cowan recounted the call she received during a recent vacation -- that Moody's rating agency would have to reconsider it's AAA bond ratings for Arlington in case of a federal default."I think we were all a little taken aback by the rapidity of Moody's looking at our rating so quickly when it's a federal government issue and we...
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It's impossible to know exactly how many hoarders live in the county, according to Barbara McMillen, a senior property code inspector with the county's neighborhood services division. But national averages suggest the number could be more than 10,000.Her office is getting an increasing number of legitimate reports about hoarding, McMillen says."We do notice a bit of an i...
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Maryland and Virginia are among several states that rating agencies have put on a watch list -- meaning their bond ratings from agencies such as Moody's and Standard & Poors -- could be downgraded in the case of a federal default.That's why McDonnell is desperate for federal lawmakers to reach an agreement and avoid defaulting on debt obligations -- and clearly, he favors a...
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Nearly one quarter of the 4,000 FAA employees furloughed across the country are in the D.C. area, and Congress shows no signs of reaching an agreement on this much smaller budget battle than the one on the debt ceiling dominating the discourse in Washington at the moment.U.S....
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Ashley McIntosh, 33, had a green light when she went through a Route 1 intersection in Alexandria in February 2008. The police officer who ran into her car did not. The officer had turned on her flashing lights, but was not using sirens, and McIntosh was killed.The accident happened close to the home of Virginia Sen. Toddy Puller, who sponsored a bill that's become known as Ash...