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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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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...
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The Pentagon's Homeowners Assistance Program is designed to help military families upside-down on their home mortgages, but it doesn't cover homes purchased after July of 2006, even though the mortgage crisis was still in full swing.Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly is sponsoring a bill that would fix that."There are a lot of military families who find that through no fault o...
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Prince William County Commonwealth's attorney Paul Ebert says to him, the East Coast Rapist could have attacked any woman at any time, an idea that for Ebert makes the case only comparable to the DC Sniper investigation."It was music to my ears to hear that he had been arrested," he says.But Ebert says Friday's arrest of 39-year-old Aaron Thomas, in New Haven, Conn., cou...
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Police say the turning point last week came when investigators in Prince George's County, Md., received a tip identifying 39-year-old Aaron Thomas as the man responsible for 12 different attacks along the East Coast.Ron Hosko is the special agent in charge of the FBI's local Criminal Division."Last week was a good one for the agencies involved in this case," Hosko says, ...
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The Virginia Historical Society is creating an online database that will contain the names and personal information about formerly enslaved African-Americans.The project is called "Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names." It's financed by a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation.The free database will glean its contents from som...
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18-year old Reginald Latson was found guilty of assault and battery of an enforcement officer, both of those are felonies. He was also found guility of two midemeanors in connection with the case.Sentencing has yet to be scheduled.Last May, Latson, who suffers from Asperger syndrome, was sitting outside a library in Stafford when he was approached by a police officer an...
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The resolution set to come up at the March meeting has to do with making a North-South route in Western Prince William County -- a "corridor of statewide significance."That title squares with how Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart sees such a route. He says a better connection between Loudoun and Prince William Counties is essential."Not just ...
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Stewart hasn't ruled out running for the Senate seat, soon to be vacated by Jim Webb, but he says he's not likely to make a decision before the end of this year.He is running for reelection as county board of supervisors chair and says looking beyond that race would be a mistake."When you plan that far ahead you find yourself getting into trouble...I'm not gonna do that....
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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...