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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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The Army's acting Inspector General says there's been a dramatic turnaround in the operation of Arlington National Cemetery. Major General William McCoy delivered his positive assessment today to Congressional lawmakers. The words come just one year after his office issued a scathing report that cited misplaced remains among dozens of problems caused by mismanagement at the ce...
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The American Civil Liberties Union is telling administrators at a high school in Stafford County, Va. they must allow students to wear T-shirts protesting the suspension of a classmate. The yellow T-shirts in question sport the slogan "Free Banana Man" - in reference to a student suspended after sprinting around a football field wearing a banana costume. The ACLU sent ...
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Metro has released a list of the ten worst Metrorail stations when it comes to crime. The list is part of Metro's latest security report (PDF), and puts the Suitland station on the Green Line and the Orange Line's Deanwood station in a tie for the station with the mo...
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Virginia's State Board of Education has signed off on overhauled versions of two elementary school textbooks that were initially riddled with factual, grammatical and typographical errors, according to the Associated Press. The board approved new, corrected editions of "Our Virginia: Past and Present'' and "Our America to 1865,'' published by Five Ponds Press.  The origin...
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Rapes in Washington, D.C. have jumped a startling 25 percent in 2010, despite an overall decrease in violent crime, according to an FBI report released  Tuesday. There were 187 rapes reported in D.C. in 2010, up from 150 in 2009. Nationwide, rape dropped 5 percent. D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says this year's figures are on par with past years. ...
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Two Prince George's County police officers were indicted by a grand jury on assault charges Tuesday, in connection with the alleged beating in March 2010 of an unarmed University of Maryland student on the streets after a win by the school's basketball team. State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced the indictments against Officers Reginald Baker and James Harrison  Tu...
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The Virginia Crime Commission will decide by December whether to implement registries for domestic and animal abusers, though so far the proposal hasn't garnered much support. Both domestic and animal abusers would be outed in public registries if the Virginia Crime Commission approves the idea. No votes were ta...
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Prosecutors say a man from Maryland rigged more than 100 pay phones to carry out an elaborate crank call scheme. Nicolaos Kantartzis is being charged with using his Washington-area phones to ring in $4 million in fraudulent 50 cent calls, according to an AP report. Kantartzis, who owned and operated 165 pay phones in the region, programmed the phones to robo-call toll-free num...
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The Federal Highway Administration has given preliminary approval for Virginia to impose tolls on Interstate 95 to help fund transportation projects. Gov. Bob McDonnell says that Federal Highway Administration administrator Victor Mendez has given the Virginia Department of Transportation conditional provisional approval for a tolling plan the state submitted in January. The t...
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The former administrative director at one of the nation's most prominent conservative organizations has been sentenced to a year in jail. Fifty-seven-year-old Diana Hubbard Carr of Alexandria kept the books at the Alexandria-based American Conservative Union, and will serve time in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from her employer. She is also the ex-wife of c...
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The Virginia Historical Society has launched a database of slave names to help scholars and family historians examine centuries of the state's slave-holding past. The historical society drew from its vast collections to create the database, which was unveiled Thursday. It has 1,500 names, higher than t...
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Woodbridge mobile home residents who lost their homes in last week's flooding may get a little more time to find somewhere to live, but it's still unclear how money set aside for temporary housing will be spent. A shelter set up at the Dale City recreation center  was supposed to close at 5 p.m today, and leaders in Prince William County say they've allocated an additiona...
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  Things couldn't be much better for Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) when it comes to public opinion, according to a poll released this week by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. McDonnell has a 61 percent job approval rating, which is up from 55 percent three mon...
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  Virginia's Board of Health will meet Thursday to decide whether to impose stricter regulations on the clinics that provide abortions in the Commonwealth. Some view Virginia's proposed regulations on abortion clinics as a strictly pro-choice versus pro-life debate, but results from a new...
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  Arlington County is embarking on a new effort to help the hundreds of homeless people stuck out on the streets. It's called "100 Homes," and it's different from anything the county has tried in the past.  Arlington is one of the richest counties in the nation, a fact that may make it easier to ignore the local homeless population, which numbers about 500 pe...
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Dominion Virginia Power is trying to convince federal regulators it should be allowed to put its North Anna nuclear power plant back online sooner rather than later after it shut off automatically following last month's earthquake. Dominion would like to resume normal operations at the plant by the end of the month -- but regulators have suggested they need more time to make s...
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Fairfax County Police have named a suspect in the serial butt-slashing cases that have continued during the past few months, but he is not in custody, according to a statement. Officials received a tip connecting the suspect, Johnny D. Guillen Pimente...
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The TrailMix, which takes place up and down the 45-mile long Washington and Old Dominion Trail, will be the largest community event sponsored by Dominion Power in the Northern Virginia area.It kicks off early Saturday morning with the hail to the trail cleanup effort -- volunteers in 8 different locations along the 45-mile long park will perform the largest single beautify...
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Leaders in Lexington, Va. are considering limits on downtown flag-flying, including the Confederate flag, angering defenders of the divisive Southern symbol.Lexington, the city where confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson were buried, may vote tonight on new rules about what flags can be flown on the city's downtown flagpoles.They're considering...
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Sales of wines crafted in the state of Virginia are at an all-time high, according to Governor Bob McDonnell.McDonnell told the Associated Press that 462,112 cases of wine were sold in fiscal 2011. That's up 11.4 percent from the 414,785 cases sold in fiscal 2010.The state collected almost $1.8 million in wine liter tax revenue, up from about $1.6 million in fiscal 2010....