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Jonathan Wilson

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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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In Virginia, a federal judge says a dispute between a dog-grooming store owner and Arlington County raises interesting First Amendment issues.Kim Houghton, the owner of Wag More Dogs in Shirlington, claims Arlington County is violating her free speech rights by ordering her to take down or change a large mural she had painted on the side of her business. The wall in question fa...
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Click here for the latest on this story.A teenager from Alexandria, Virginia, who says he was detained, beaten and whipped in Kuwait is scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport Friday morning.Gadeir Abbas, is a lawyer from the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR.CAIR sued the US governm...
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A Virginia teenager who claims he was tortured while being detained in Kuwait is scheduled to return home Friday. The family of 19-year-old Gulet Mohamed says he was first detained and beaten in Kuwait about a month ago and has remained in detention because of his apparent listing on the no-fly list.This week lawyers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations ...
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In Virginia, some students and parents in Loudoun County say there are few places for the families of gay and lesbian teens to turn for emotional support and guidance.Riley Schappell is a 16-year-old sophomore at Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun. She's straight, but started attending meetings of the school's GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, to support her gay friends."...
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In Virginia, members of Fairfax County's public school board and the county's board of supervisors all agree that education is the county's number one priority. That doesn't mean county leaders agree on just how to get teachers their first pay increase in two years.For Fairfax County Federation of Teachers President Steven Greenburg, it's simple: A third year of frozen teacher ...
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County administrators aren't yet sure what rising property values means for next year's property taxes.Last year, average property values in Arlington dropped by more than 7 percent -- the first drop in 15 years.Today Arlington's Management and Finance director, Michelle Cowan, told a different story for 2011 assessments: an average increase in value of 6.3 percent....
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In Virginia, the chairwoman of Fairfax County's board of supervisors says one of the biggest challenges this year will be helping commuters deal with the new traffic with the influx of thousands of new Department of Defense workers.The new Mark Center Department of Defense building on I-395 -- part of the federal Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC program -- will bring 6,200...
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In Virginia, the day after the Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered his State of the Commonwealth address, the leader of the state's most populous jurisdiction is delivering her own roundup of local accomplishments and goals.Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova says though the county appears to be emerging from th...
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Addressing the Virginia General Assembly, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said that Virginia is doing a better job of promoting economic growth and reigning in spending than most other states, but still has serious work ahead.He urged lawmakers to support his plan to borrow $3 billion for transportation projects while interest rates and construction costs are low."Every ma...
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In Virginia, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova says the county is dealing with another estimated budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.There's nothing funny about an estimated $50 million budget gap.But a wry chuckle from Bulova, a Democrat, is perhaps understandable, given that last year the gap was more than $200 million, and it was $600 million a y...
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Virginia's 2011 General Assembly session is underway, and Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver his state of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.McDonnell is expected to focus on the GOP themes of "smaller government, stronger economy" -- and a continued effort to slash state spending.He'll also be revisiting some unfinished business from 2010: He'll introduce a revised ...
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In Virginia, a growing number of students at a Loudoun County middle school are showing interest in music, but recent budget cuts mean the school has fewer music teachers.Matt Baker, the band and orchestra director at River Bend Middle School, says he knew he'd be teaching more students this year."I did expect some retention and some influx of new students, but the overa...
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In Virginia, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart is set to deliver his state of the county address Tuesday. Stewart says in his past few state of the county addresses, he's had to urge Prince William County residents to support spending cuts, and to brace for difficult economic times ahead. But not this time.Tuesday he says he'll be able to tout risin...
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Elementary students in Fairfax County Public Schools will always have to master their ABCs. But in the fall of 2011, Fairfax will begin the move away from letter grades to a more detailed, number-based assessment system for kindergarten through sixth grade.Judy Heard is overseeing the transition for the school district."It is a huge culture change," Heard says.In ...
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In Virginia, some state lawmakers think the Commonwealth should follow D.C.'s lead and implement a tax on plastic bags in an effort to help clean up the what they call the environmental mess the bags cause.Delegate Joseph Morrissey of Henrico County has already signaled his intention to call for a 20 cent tax on plastic bags.Delegate Adam Ebbin, a fellow Democrat from Al...
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Two state delegates from Northern Virginia say schools and local law enforcement need to do more to discourage and punish bullying.State Delegate Adam Ebbin of Alexandria says his concern about bullying has been growing for some time.But he says it didn't crystallize until he heard about the suicide of York County 16-year-old Christian Taylor last May. Taylor's mother bl...
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Some residents of Herndon, Va., say newly elected town council members aren't living up to campaign promises. The residents want the council to repeal an ordinance they say targets immigrant day laborers.Herndon's ordinance prohibits pedestrians looking for work from flagging down cars on major roads.Jon Liss, with the immigrant advocacy group Virginia New Majority, says...
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Some residents of Herndon, Va., say it's time for the town council to rescind a policy that prohibits pedestrians from soliciting work or selling goods on major roadways. Those residents say the policy unfairly targets immigrant day laborers.Bolivia native Nancy Ramirez moved to Herndon about six years ago. She says she moved to the town because it seemed like a well-run city a...
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Police in Northern Virginia say they're seeing a rapid increase in the use of a relatively new substance known commonly as "K2" or "synthetic marijuana." There's currently nothing illegal about K2, but one local state senator is trying to change that.State Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun County doesn't like the term "synthetic marijuana."He says though K2, also known as "sp...
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In Virginia, Arlington County's new board chair says continuing revitalization of the Columbia Pike Corridor and helping small business owners will be among his priorities during his tenure.The recent history of the Arlington County board is one of continuity -- the swearing in this weekend of new board chair, Chris Zimmerman, won't change that.Zimmerman has served on th...