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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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Dominion Virginia Power will raise their rates by 4.6 percent on Jan. 1. The company's chief executive says even with the increase, Dominion's rates remain below the national average and almost 30 percent below average for utilities on the East Coast.He says the increase is necessitated by almost $8 billion worth of new power stations, transmission lines and other upgrades plan...
Local homeless shelters are facing a busier winter than usual, thanks to temperatures that have been hovering below freezing for some time now.Augustine Frazier, director of the New York Avenue Homeless Assistance center in D.C., says while historic snows made last winter unforgettable, so far this winter has been more hectic for local shelters simply because the danger of hypo...
Sarah Anderson, 28, is a regular at Carpenter's Shelter in Alexandria, Va. She says even though this winter hasn't brought much snow, it's a bad one."I've been homeless almost nine years...and I think this is about the coldest winter that I've experienced so far," Anderson says.The winter shelter at Carpenter's opens when the temperature drops below freezing or if sleet ...
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In Virginia, Republican State Delegate Bob Marshall from Prince William County says he plans to introduce a bill banning gays from the Virginia National Guard. Marshall says the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" overturns a 17-year policy that was working just fine, and upends more than 200 years of military wisdom.He says he's not sure how his fellow lawmakers will react to hi...
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Click here for the latest developments in this story.In Maryland, the future of the Preakness at Pimlico is in doubt after a vote by the state's racing commission. The board has voted to reject a proposal by the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park to conduct live racing in 2011, meaning there won't be horse rac...
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As of Jan. 1, Virginia State Police will be down 249 sworn officers. State police superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the money is there to pay their salaries, but $52 million in budget cuts since 2006 held up schools to produce new troopers.Flaherty says the officer shortage means many rural districts don't have any state troopers patrolling overnight -- and troopers in m...
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Many fond memories are created at home during the holidays, but for those without stable families or stable homes, the holidays can be particular challenging.Twenty-year-old Domanik Thompson spent most of her teen years in group homes, foster homes and juvenile detention facilities. She says what she remembers most about Christmas time are family members who didn't follow throu...
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State employees' donations to Virginia's annual charity drive are down, but the campaign's director says there's still time to meet this year's goal.State employees have contributed approximately $2.5 million so far to the Commonwealth of Virginia campaign, says its manager, Anne Dinterman. The campaign supports 1,300 charities across the state.So far the state is about ...
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In Virginia, two seniors at West Springfield High School have taken what started as a project in marketing class far beyond the classroom.The project began when Nshira Turkson and Stephanie Asante had to come up with a business plan in their marketing class last year.Since the two friends both had relatives in Ghana (Asante was born there), their plan was to find a way t...
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The Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, has been a tough pill to swallow for many of Northern Virginia's government workers. Those looking for new jobs have had to battle the effects of the recession.The career fair, held at the Marriott in Crystal City, attracted 1,100 Defense Department and military employees, along with recruiters from 35 govern...
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The Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, is forcing tens of thousands of government workers in Northern Virginia to make some difficult choices. Arlington County is coordinating career fairs to help employees find other work.Derrick Dortch coordinates BRAC Career Fairs for the county, including the one that took place Thursday in Crystal City. More ...
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The U.S. Census Bureau says the city of Falls Church, in Northern Virginia, has the highest median household income in the country, and the highest percentage of residents with a college degree.One longtime resident says the data doesn't surprise him.Ninety-three-year-old Lou Olom came to Falls Church with his family in 1953."I didn't know what the income distribu...
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The results of a five-year study released by the U.S Census Bureau are giving leaders in the Northern Virginia city of Falls Church a reason to smile.The Census Bureau's American Community Survey shows that Falls Church -- nestled between Arlington and Fairfax Counties --...
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Holiday shopping season often means more work for police departments trying to fight shoplifting and identity theft. One local police lieutenant says this winter has been particularly busy so far.Fairfax County Police Lt. Tony Matos has been fighting retail theft during the holiday season for nearly 15 years.He's seen shoplifters try just about everything to get merchand...
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Virginia ranks high among the 50 states in being prepared for public health emergencies.A report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Virginia is one of 14 states that meet nine of 10 key benchmarks of public health preparedness.The scores reflect improvements over time in how officials prevent, identify and respo...
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A federal judge has ruled in favor of Virginia's challenge to the individual health insurance mandate included in the Obama administration's health care law.Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's ruling affirms the Virginia Healt...
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Some law enforcement officers are warning local retailers to be on guard as shoppers head to the malls over the holidays. The holiday shopping season is also high season for professional shoplifters in the D.C. area.Each winter, Lt. Tony Matos fights retail theft for the Fairfax County Police Department. He says during the holidays, organized criminal rings know that malls and ...
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A federal judge in Richmond has ruled that a significant part of the sweeping federal health care law is unconstitutional, handing a victory to Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, whose office brought the lawsuit challenging the law.U.S. Eastern District Court Judge Henry Hudson rejected the federal government's argument that it could require Americans to purchase insurance or...
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Click HERE for the latest developments in this story.A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's new health care law unconstitutional. The ruling is a victory for the Commonwealth's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law,...
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This has been the coldest week of the winter so far for D.C.-area residents, and not a bad time to think about how well your house holds in heat.On Thursday Dominion Power crews sealed up drafty windows and door frames in three townhomes occupied by families transitioning away from homelessness in Reston, Va.The changes will make for a warmer and cheaper winter, but desi...