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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, 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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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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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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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...
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Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is arguably the best public high school in the country. But some parents and teachers are giving it low marks for its admissions policies, which they say are too subjective. Jonathan Wilson talks with one 8th grader rejected at Thomas Jefferson -- despite displaying the type of mathematical brilliance that educa...
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $150 million grant to help Metro replace outdated rail cars.The grant matches another $150million provided by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.Nearly $80 million of the money will allow Metro to purchase as many as 300 new 7000-series railcars.The cars will replace Metro's current 1000-series...
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Virginia's education department will tighten the way it reviews texbooks before they're allowed in schools.The change comes after historians uncovered a slew of errors in state-approved history books.Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia Wright, plans to propose that publishers be required to prove their books have been reviewed by "competent authoritie...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...