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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 law, championed by State Sen. Toddy Puller, requires emergency vehicles to use sirens or horns, in addition to flashing lights, if a situation calls for them to break normal traffic protocol at an intersection.It's named for Ashley McIntosh, a teacher's assistant killed when a Fairfax police officer, using flashing lights but no sirens, ran a red light and crashed into McIn...
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Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood says the FAA has been forced to issue stop-work orders for dozens of airport improvement projects across the country because many of the 4,000 furloughed workers are overseeing those projects.Nearly a thousand of those FAA employees are in the D.C. area, and LaHood says this is no way to run the best aviation system in the world."There is n...
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The stalemate over FAA funding means the agency is now temporarily unable to collect taxes and fees on airline tickets. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood says that will cost the government $200 million a week.Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says it will also cost thousands of FAA employees their paychecks."It's going to furlough 4,000 FAA employees, including 975 here in our re...
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The partial shutdown could make passengers happy at least for a little while because it robs the FAA of its authority to collect certain fees, thus allowing people to buy airline tickets without taxes.Air Traffic Controllers will stay on the job as essential employees, but Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) says the furloughs could still change the traveling experience for the public....
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Exactly 150 years after the Union and Confederate soldiers clashed on the Virginia battlefield in the Battle of Bull Run, historians, local and state officials, and spectators gathered at the site Thursday.After a rhythmic introduction by the Marine Corps band from Quantico, the commemoration began with remarks from elected leaders -- including Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell....
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McDonnell did not repeat the error he made last year by celebrating confederate history by omitting the mention of slavery.This morning, he told the crowds of hundreds that slavery undermined the ideals on which the country was founded, and that the constitution didn't become itself until the constitution was amended.The biggest concern for the National Park Service, whi...
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is working with a non-profit group to overturn Haynesworth's convictions after he spent the past 27 years in prison for crimes it now seems he did not commit."I told the detective from day one, who this guy was ... h...
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Brothers Kai and Beckett Takata-Thiel, 7 and 5 years old, respectively, have climbed atop one of the cannons at Manassas National Battlefield Park."Okay, here we go! Fire!" Beckett cries.The boys are visiting from Boise, Idaho, for a family reunion.Their uncle, Chase Thiel, who's from Oklahoma, says he's actually discovering the battlefield for the first time him...
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Okra's is a popular Louisiana bistro in historic old town Manassas. The activity in the kitchen only hints at what employees are expecting when hordes of Civil War buffs arrive next week.Sarah Paull says the restaurant has stocked up on twice as much food as usual; great for business, but exhausting for employees."It's going to be lots of people, lots of out-of-towners,"...
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Look closely at the storefronts and hotel entrances in Manassas, and you might see more than a few fresh coats of paint. Lots of businesses are pinning their hopes on next week's crowds.Debbie Haight, executive director of Historic Manassas Incorporated, which is overseeing many of next week’s events, says the celebration should help the city build some momentum."Just ...
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Ian Sullivan served in the U.S. Army and did stints both in Kuwait and Bosnia during the late 1990s. He came back with an alcohol problem that quickly turned his life into a fiasco."One night I was intoxicated and ended up getting arrested," Sullivan says. "I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Veterans' Court program."Sullivan ended up in a Michigan veterans' c...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which is overseeing the project, wants to build the Metro station at Dulles Airport underground, saying it will be more convenient for passengers and cost less to maintain.But the underground its a detail that's helped push the initial pricetag for the project to $3.8 billion. Loudoun and Fairfax county leaders are demandin...
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The State Corporation Commission says that right now, electric and water service providers can't terminate a residential customer's service without 10 days' notice.Under the new proposal, customers that provide proof of a serious medical condition for themselves or someone in their household could seek an addi...
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two general aviation aircraft were escorted away from Camp David by F-15E fighters on Saturday: one shortly after noon, and the other just before 7 p.m.A third airplane, a Cessna 182, was escorted from Camp David aroun...
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Among the 737 elementary, middle and high schools that gave students anonymous safety surveys, bullying emerged as students' main concern at all grade levels.The Virginia School Safety Survey also found that 89 percent of schools employ automated electronic-alert systems to notify families about school emer...
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is proposing a plan to save money in part by moving the planned metro station above ground.LaHood has been working with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and county leaders to broker a deal for the project for the past few weeks, after local official balked at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board's decision t...
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The County has been working on the Historic Resources Inventory for nearly a decade, surveying almost 400 buildings. The final list is up for board approval Saturday.Cynthia Licces-Torres, a historic preservation planner for the county, says there is a sense of urgency because the buildings on the list are already disappearing."About 25 percent of them have already come ...
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Bob Chase, sales manager at Prospero's Books, a rare and used book store in Old Town Manassas, sees the excitement building every day.Even though there's still a few weeks until the official Civil War sesquicentennial, the spirit of American history and pride is evident here as the city prepares to welcome thousands of Civil War buffs to commemorate the First Battle of Manassas...
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The festivities in Old Town Manassas started at about 2 p.m. this afternoon, but veterans of July 4 celebrations here started staking out their spots on the lawn of the Manassas Museum early this morning because it's the best spot to see tonight's fireworks.Cindy Kattner was setting up a blanket and some chairs early this afternoon, an...
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Kurt Erickson, executive director of the program, wants D.C. area residents to remember that SoberRide will be available from 10 p.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday.Those of legal drinking age can receive a free ride of up to $30 dollars by calling SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI (800-200-8294).Last Independence Day, nearly 400 area revelers used SoberRide – that was a 60 per...