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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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As written, the law would mandate coverage for autism-related treatments for children ages 2 to 6. While McDonnell has said he's sympathetic to the plight of families with an autistic child, he also says he's worried about saddling businesses with extra health-care costs."I'm also concerned about -- just generally about the cost of health care given what's happened at the feder...
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McDonnell has spent a lot of his political career trying to shrink government and scale back its various roles, but economic development is clearly an area where he thinks his administration should do as much as it can."Well, listen, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help," he said to hundreds of local business leaders at a meeting of the Washington Executives Associatio...
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The first of those hearings is Tuesday.The county's projected budget shortfall stands at $50 million. That's smaller than the $350 million budget gap supervisors had to close last year, but it still means the county executive has put forth what he calls another bare-bones budget -- one that w...
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Teresa Champion with the Virginia Autism Project says she was talking about every child when she first started advocating for autism coverage in Virginia a few years ago.For her the bill sitting on the governor's desk represents a compromise -- it only applies to children from ages 2 to 6. But she says it would still make a huge difference."Once a state passes this sor...
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Hope for Japan is a newly-formed coalition of more than 35 Asian-American groups from around the D.C. area, and on Friday night, the group brought gathered for a fundraiser in Rosslyn.Rep. Gerry Connolly and a minister from the embassy of Japan addressed the crowd, but the most vivid descriptions of the disaster came from Rex Strickland.Strickland, who is half-Japanese, ...
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This year the battlefield expects to welcome more visitors than it has ever seen.Sixth-graders from Stonewall Middle School are working on short films that visitors will be able to access wirelessly as they visit the battlefield.Eleven-year-old Rachel Habib plays the lead in one of them."The movie is about a little girl, a tomboy, and she's in a museum with her cl...
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But ICE's tactics are still getting criticism from both sides of the immigration debate.Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart applauded the arrests -- 37 of which happened in his county.But in a statement released after the ICE announcement, Stewart said the federal government still must start keeping illegal immigrants in custody until they are ...
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ICE Director John Morton announced a total of 163 arrests across 13 counties in the northern part of the state."To those who doubt the federal government's resolve on this point -- I say this: We are committed to the identification and removal of criminal offenders from our streets. Pure and simple," he says.Morton made the announcement inside the Prince William County J...
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School board members Tina Hone and Janie Strauss shared the stage with Fairfax schools' superintendent Jack Dale, and attorney Bill Reichart, who specializes in helping families with children caught up in the county's discipline system.Hone, an at-large board member who's been fighting for discipline reform for years, says Fairfax needs a discipline program that matches its rep...
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For all the criticism leveled at Metro for rail, bus and escalator maintenance and safety, the turn out at Monday's public hearing was underwhelming.Jarrett Bolden, a resident of Arlington, Va., and a regular Metro rider, was one of just two people signed up to speak.Bolden said he'd like to see Metro expand capacity, and improve the way it gets information to commuters ...
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The Japanese Americans' Care Fund, based in Annandale, Va., serves more than 1,000 Japanese Americans each year.It provides translation services, free legal advice, and free instructional classes like this one, aimed at senior citizens looking to become computer literate.The organization only has an operating budget of abo...
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The gift comes from Latino cuisine giant Goya Foods. In celebration of the company's 75th anniversary, Goya is giving a total of 75,000 pounds of food to 12 area food pantries.Lynn Brantley, with Capital Area Food Bank, says much of that food is headed outside the limits of the nation's capital."I think a lot of the suburban areas are suffering more than even the inner c...
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American University currently has more than 60 Japanese international students on its campus.Many haven't been back home for months, but Yumi Matsumora is an exception. She was at home in Japan when the earthquake hit and ensuing tsunami struck. Her family's home is far from the coast and the worst hit areas, but she's still extremely worried about her parents and siblings, and...
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The donation coincides with Goya's 75th anniversary.The food is going to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, where Charles Meng is executive director. He says that's enough to get through about one work week."It's important to have lots of drops in that bucket because that's what fills it ultimately," he says.Fairfax's Food for others is also getting 7,500 pound...
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The commission visited Northern Virginia on Tuesday night. The gathering on the campus of George Mason University is one of 10 public hearings to be held across the Commonwealth.Residents who showed up got a chance to weigh in on what factors should matter the most when redrawing the state's political lines.Issues ...
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The school's student newspaper, The Collegian, reports that Kaine, who teaches a leadership studies class at the University's law school, told students on Monday that he had made a decision and would "give it a shot," referring to a run for Senate.The Democratic Party's c...
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The City of Alexandria's public school system has failed to meet the No Child Left Behind standard of Adequate Yearly Progress every year since 2002, when the law was first enacted.The school district's superintendent, Morton Sherman, says it's clear Alexandria needs to do better."Those who criticize us in Alexandria are right, we've not performed where we should be...on...
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Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman says No Child Left Behind is a law with great ideals and horrible implementation.He says too often the prescription for struggling schools was sanctions, instead of assistance, he says that's like beating someone until their morale improves."That's not how human nature works, that's not how things work in educa...
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Fairfax County is sending a 72-member team in conjunction with efforts coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development.The team is frequently called on to assist following international disasters.Last year Fairfax team members conducted 16 successful rescues in Haiti following the Earthquake there.Spokesman Dan Schmidt says the team will have six dogs...
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Steve Aitcheson with the Department of Public Works is taking a look at one of the pumping stations in Belleview. Aitcheson says the system of flood and sluice gates the county controls here protects Belleview from water that rises 8 feet above sea level. Right now its a 3 feet."So right now, the people in this community have about 5 feet more of protection before any water fro...