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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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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...
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In June 1861, Thaddeus Lowe flew 500 feet above the National Mall in a gas-filled balloon to show President Abraham Lincoln how balloons could be used to spy on the Confederates. Lowe's balloon, the Enterprise, remained tethered to the ground, and Lowe sent Lincoln the first telegram ever transmitted from the air.Lowe's flight eventually led to the creation of the Union Balloon...
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At the first annual DREAM project awards ceremony June 9, the newly formed nonprofit group honored four Arlington County high school students, all of them undocumented immigrants brought to the country by their parents. (The awards take their name from the federal ...
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The Office charges the committee with failing to report more than $100,000 in contributions, and more than $160,000 in spending.The office will present its evidence to the Board of Elections and Ethics, which is expected to schedule a hearing on the charges soon....
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The board unanimously adopted a policy that calls on Fairfax officials to consider other disciplinary measures before transferring a student, such as community service, Saturday school and a loss of privileges.The decision comes after nearly five months of debate on discipline issues. Two te...
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Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D) has been urging the Department of Defense and Congress to delay the move for at least a year. But some organizations already headquartered in the area are trying to make sure their workers won't be stuck in traffic jams whenever the new facility opens...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is the region's highest-paid top cop with a $253,000 annual salary. Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger's $216,600 salary comes in second.Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers is the region's highest-paid firefighter; he makes $190,000 a year. That's just $3,000 more than D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and $15,000 more than Fairfax...
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Police were called to an apartment in the 13700 block of Merrybrook Court around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.An investigation determined the victim, a 23-year-old woman, awoke to find a man in her bedroom. The suspect displayed a weapon and sexually assaulted the victim then fled from the home. The victim did not require medical treatment.The suspect is described as a man, unk...
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The term for 42-year-old Linda Tribby of Lovettsville, Va., was slightly less than the 8 to 10 years sought by federal prosecutors in Alexandria.Tribby stole more than $14 million from her clients. The money funded a lifestyle that included a luxury motor home, a helicopter and a menagerie of animals including two zebras.According to court documents, Tribby told some of ...
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The charge comes after the Thursday night discovery of two bodies: 20-year-old Wynetta Wright and an 11-month-old child, Jaylin Wright.Police say Wynetta Wright apparently suffered some type of blunt force trauma, but the causes of death are still under investigation. Autopsies are being performed Friday afternoon.Police say Wynetta Wright's mother first reported her...
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At an event Thursday at Fairfax County's Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, NHTSA administrator David Strickland says he checks his tire pressure once a week.But most drivers aren't even checking their tire pressure once a month. NHTSA has found that 30 percent of cars and trucks on the road have at least one tire under-inflated by 8 lbs. or more."That's a fairly signi...
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Riding in the passenger seat of a car weaving through cones at 55 miles an hour in a car with properly inflated tires is pretty exciting. But drop the tire pressure just 20 percent, and things become scary. With each turn, the car feels dangerously close to flipping over, and this one probably would have without an expert sheriff's deputy at the wheel.Charles Cannon is the pres...
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A new report by the state's Office of Inspector General for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services says the practice, known as "streeting,'' appears to be most prevalent in Hampton Roads but occurs statewide.Inspector General G. Douglas Bevalacqua calls the practice "a failure of the Commonwealth's public sector safety net system to serve Virginia's most vulnerable citize...
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Virginia Del. Adam Ebbin says the ease of movement along Interstate-95 is what makes the D.C. area convenient for human traffickers."The perpetrators can move people," Ebbin says. "They can be arrested in Virginia, go out on bail, be moved to New Jersey or New York, and back and forth."And many human trafficking victims do end up behind bars because they're in the countr...
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The three bills signed by McDonnell increase punishment for human trafficking of minors, improve sharing of information between law enforcement agencies, and order state agencies to develop more services for victims of human trafficking.But before he brandished his pen, McDonnell and the other lawmakers present made it clear that increased awareness among all Virginians may be ...
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As Towanna Towns walks down Eisenhower drive with her family. She holds a bouquet of roses that she'll soon lay on the grave of the uncle who raised her."I call him my dad, but he is my uncle. But, yeah, he's my dad," she says.Towns says he served in the Gulf War and died at the age of 22, when she was just 6 years old.Friday the flags on each grave herald the som...
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The school budget, approved unanimously Thursday night, includes a 1 percent across the board pay increase for school district employees, and step increases for those who are eligible. It's the first increase since 2008.Teachers had been hoping for a 2 percent increase, but they realize that the board's hands were tied after they didn't get as much money from the county as they...
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Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has been a regular critic of the new building's location just off Interstate 395 and its potential impact on the travel times of hundreds of thousands of commuters.He says today's vote could pave the way for a year-long delay in the building's opening."I would hope that we would be able to extend it by still a further year, but of course these auth...
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The board is expected to approve the first district-wide pay raise since 2008.Board members committed to a pay raise in late winter, but didn't get the increase in funding from county supervisors that they requested.Still, the board says it is likely to approve a 1 percent cost of living increase across the board, along with step increases for eligible employees.T...
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By a 322-96 vote Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision allowing the Secretary of Defense to delay seven Base Realignment and Closure relocations by one year.The Mark Center complex is a BRAC project that is slated to hold more than 6,000 federal workers starting in September.Northern V...