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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 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...
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The Washington Regional Alcohol Program's SoberRide program has provided more than 52,000 safe rides home since 1993.Kurt Erickson, who leads the non-profit, says last year at this time, SoberRide was facing a financial crisis."At this time last year, we had a 60 percent increase in ridership, which is great, but a 35 percent decrease in corporate support: not so great,"...
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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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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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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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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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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...