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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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They've hooked up a steering wheel and pedals to the game to give it some authenticity.The grad students are giving students at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., one chance to drive the course without distractions -- other than the 800 other sophomores watching the big screen in this auditorium.The second time around they ask one of the driver's friends to send a ...
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Corey Stewart says he will seek reelection as chairman this fall.The Republican, known for his strong opposition to illegal immigration, has been board chair since 2007.He says he can't focus on a run for Senate while running for county board chair, and if that ultimately puts him out of the running for the seat to be vacated by Sen. Jim Webb, so be it."I would ...
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But even fellow critics of the professor remain uneasy about Cuccinelli's tactics.Noted global warming skeptic and University of Alabama climatologist John Christy says his data doesn't support the dramatic climate change Mann claims.But he says Cuccinelli's quest to open up a professor's emails could open the door to academic chaos."We would just have a glorious ...
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Virginia's secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton, and Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board have designated $300,000 in grant money for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership to design a Living Legacy Tree Planting program.The ultimate aim is to plant 620,000 trees along the stretch of land between Monticello,...
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In Virginia, developing technology suggests we could be on the verge of a new era of public involvement in what has long been a mysterious process.The 15 students in a campus computer lab at George Mason University, clicking and dragging their versions of a redrawn Virginia political map, are focused on something that could have just as much political significance as any upcomi...
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Fairfax County, Va., is facing a projected shortfall of approximately $50 million. The past couple of years have led Fairfax, like many other municipalities across the country, down a rocky financial road.But this year, Griffin says, the county is starting to see things heading in the right direction."Every year we look for one word to describe the status of the budget, ...
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County leaders are projecting a budget shortfall of around $50 million for fiscal year 2012. That amount pales in comparison to the $350 million shortfall the county had to close in the current fiscal year.But there's still a budget shortfall -- and that's why Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin says his proposal is still a bare-bones plan, with limited infrastructure inve...
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Intermittent rain thinned the crowds at this year's Washington birthday parade, but still hundreds of people lined the parade route in Old Town Alexandria."It's always festive, even in the rain," says Carolyn Doying, who has lived in Alexandria for 40 years.Parade regulars like the T.C. Williams Marching Band, local scout troops and, of course, actors playing George and ...
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High school junior Priya Krishnan gave her autistic cousin Abinav the gift of a touchscreen mp3 player -- an iPod touch -- simply because she thought he would enjoy playing music and games on it.But pretty quickly it became clear that Abinav, who was in fifth grade at the time, could use the device to better connect with the world around him.Krishnan says that there is o...
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We're at the start of a new decade -- and new census data pushes state legislatures into the tedious and often politically charged task of redistricting.George Mason University students Brian Leucht and Nick O'Boyle are staring at a digital map of Virginia that puts the task of redistricting into their hands. Right now they're focused on working to redraw state House district l...
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Currently the limit is 7 percent, but the bill would raise that to 10 percent.Alexandria Delegate David Englin, the bill's sponsor, says Virginia apples naturally ferment at 10 percent alcohol content."What the seven percent cap does is it discriminates against our homegrown Virginia apples," Englin says. "So Virginia cider producers want the opportunity to produce cider...
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Cuccinelli testified before a House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.Cuccinelli said the law's individual mandate, which would force people to pay a penalty for not buying insurance, represents a limitless expansion of federal powers."Until the United States can articulate a constitutional boundary to the power that it proposes the federal government has, it should lose in ...
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One Iranian-American says while change in Iran would be nice, it's time for Iranians here to invest more in preserving their culture.Khash Montazami says it's a very Western habit to think of all Middle-Eastern countries as similar. But he also says he and his Iranian-American friends thought of their home country as soon as the protests in Egypt started."The song 'Walk ...
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One Iranian-American in Northern Virginia is keeping a close eye on his home country while trying to bring Iranians closer together right here.Khash Montazami was born in Iran -- but hasn't been back in 30 years. He says among Iranians in the U.S. there's fear that Egypt's transformation could end with extremists in control."My Egyptian friends say, 'No. Impossible...It ...
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Two teen suicides in Fairfax -- one in January, and another in March of 2009 -- have become the focal points of a dispute about the county's discipline policy. Both teens had to switch schools following disciplinary action for violations of school policies. The key question: Did Fairfax's discipline policy play any role in the tragedies? Jon Farrell, a Fairfax parent and membe...
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with assault in what police said was a case of road rage.Fairfax County police say a 38-year-old man told investigators he was driving a Honda Civic when he saw a pickup truck tailgating him. The man said the driver then made a hand gesture.According to police, Haynesworth, who was driving the truck, got out ...
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In Virginia, the Fairfax County Public School Board has signaled its intention to implement full-day kindergarten in elementary schools across the district.Full-day kindergarten at all 137 elementary schools is a goal which, like many others in Fairfax County, the recession put on hold.Right now there are 37 elementary schools in the county that still squeeze the kinderg...
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In Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb (D) and Rep. Jim Moran (D) received a new briefing Friday on how the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process will affect their regions. The two representatives say they will continue to fight for changes to the plans that call for moving 6,000 Department of Defense employees to the new Mark Center in Alexandria.Webb and Moran both attended a 1.5-h...
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Just as President Barack Obama announced his plan to spur small business, Fairfax County is doing its best to help small businesses win federal contracts, with a special focus on businesses owned by women.Women-owned businesses in Fairfax County generate $6 billion of sales revenue each year. But those businesses aren't as well represented in the world of government contracting...
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Autism advocates in Virginia are once again urging state legislators to pass a law mandating insurance coverage for autism-related health care. A vote before the full House this week marks the farthest such a proposal has ever made it.The bill before the full house mandates $35,000 a year in health care coverage for children on the autism spectrum between the ages 2 and 6....