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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 doubles the suspension period for anyone in Virginia under the age of 21 found driving with a blood alcohol level of at .02. It also elevates the offense to a class one misdemeanor.Kurt Erickson, president of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, says that penalty sends a message."You're not only going to be guilty of a class one misdemeanor in Virginia, you'r...
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Local athletic trainers say this is a positive step, but there's still a lot to learn about treating concussions.Shane Caswell, an associate professor of athletic training at George Mason University, helped conduct a study of concussions in the Fairfax County school system."We found that there was a 4.5-fold increase in the county over an 11-year period, something that c...
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Police say the shooting happened shortly before 4 p.m. outside an apartment building in Temple Hills.Cpl. Mike Rodriguez says police have recovered the gun and are talking with the parents of both children. Right now he says police are trying to pinpoint who owns the handgun."That gun should have been somewhere secured. Right now that's part of the investigation: how tha...
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The law elevates underage drinking and driving to a class one misdemeanor, and doubles the driver's license suspension for the crime from 6 months to a year.Kurt Erickson with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, points out that an identical law was enacted in 2008 in Virginia, and expired two years later."The two years that it was on Virginia's books, the numbers we...
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The average residential customer would see a monthly increase of $4.86 for 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, according to the plan approved by the Virginia Corporation Commission last week.Dominion sought the increase to offset rising fuel prices and last year's harsher than normal summer and winter.The fuel rate is the part of the electric bill that pays for fuel use...
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State Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech says that the meeting will include the governors of Maryland and Pennsylvania, the mayor of Washington, D.C., and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. A similar meeting was held in 2010 in Baltimore.Domenech made the announcement at a wide-ranging news briefing on the progress of the administration's enviro...
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Rising 6th grader Nick Dubois has had his entire childhood to get used to the modified school calendar at Barcroft."There's a good side and a not so good side. The good side is you get a bunch of breaks throughout the year," he says. "But the bad side is that your summer vacation gets cut in half."But this year Nick will have the full 8 week summer break that the rest of...
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The event is a celebration set to take place on the first Saturday in September -- and will combine the largest cleanup in the trail's history with biking, walking, running, and a festival at the end of the day.The bike-walk-run event will be called "the Great Skedaddle."Paul Gilbert with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority says the phrase "great skedaddle" was...
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McDonnell will serve as honorary chair of the first annual Dominion "TrailMix," a three-part community event scheduled for September that will combine trail cleanup and beautification, a fitness outing that'll be called the "Great Skedaddle," and finally, something called "Trailfest." Paul Gilbert is the executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, which owns t...
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Bernie Ashe has managed a small discount tobacco store in Alexandria for five years now.She doesn't think the new labels, which show more graphic images of the negative effects of smoking, will do much at all -- even when it comes to young people thinking about trying their first cigarette."If kids nowadays are anything like how we were when we were younger, the more you...
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For elementary and middle school students in the Fairfax school system, summer offerings will depend on which school they attend. Due to budget cuts, not every school will offer summer courses.School board vice chair Brad Center says something is better than nothing, especially under current financial constraints. But the lack of one uniform curriculum may make things tricky in...
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Cathy Turner has taught smoking cessation classes at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington for nearly 20 years.She says she can remember big increases in the number of people trying to quit when taxes were increased on cigarettes, and then when more localities started making public buildings and restaurants smoke free. But she says there haven't been any big shifts like that in...
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In Fairfax County, however, getting the classes you want might not be as easy as it used to be. That's because summer offerings still aren't back to where they were before the financial crisis hit.Last summer, budget woes forced Fairfax's school board to shave back summer programs for younger students almost entirely.School board vice chair Brad Center says this year, th...
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The approval -- which came Friday afternoon -- means the new state Senate and House of Delegates districts can be used in the August primaries and the November general election.Cuccinelli says the Justice Department deserves credit for approving the redrawn districts just 37 days after the plan was submitted. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the bipartisan compromise plan in late Apri...
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Patty Hopkins is president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Clifton Elementary. She helped organize tonight's event and expects more than 500 people to attend."It's kind of our own personal goodbye to the school -- because as of June 30, the building is locked and shuttered and that's the end of it -- for now," Hopkins says.Hopkins says on display tonight will be old...
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The community is mourning the loss of the institution.It's been almost a year since Fairfax County's school board voted to close Clifton, citing concerns about the school's aging building and projected enrollment decline.Some residents cried foul and others simply wept after the vote. Many of them pursued a yearl...
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The Republican made his remarks at a "Christian Citizenship and Godly Government'' breakfast. About 250 church leaders attended the event sponsored by the conservative Virginia Christian Alliance.Cuccinelli told the church leaders that issues like same-sex marriage and abortion-rights are threatening conservative Christian values in Virginia.He said it's not unusual for ...
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Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, is facing four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter.Cheung is charged in the May 31 crash 30 miles north of Richmond. Court records show he told police he fell asleep at the wheel when the New York-bound Sky Express bus swerved off the highway, hit an embankment and overturned.Cheung also is charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.A gr...
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Nearly a year ago, Ashburn resident Jan Powell made the choice to sign a temporary entrustment, which granted custody of her troubled 15-year-old foster son to Loudoun County's department of family services."We thought that was going to get him the help," she says, "but what it did was get him into a youth shelter."Powell says what her son needs is therapy to help him de...
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Signal Bay Water Park in Manassas Park was evacuated Saturday afternoon after reports of a chemical smell and the appearance of a expanding plume in a shallow pool intended for young children.Medics checked out at least a dozen children, some of whom vomited. Six children were hospitalized.The local parks and recreation department says a pool equipment expert will be exa...