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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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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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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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $150 million grant to help Metro replace outdated rail cars.The grant matches another $150million provided by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.Nearly $80 million of the money will allow Metro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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 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 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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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...