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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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Even as Clifton residents were fighting against last summer's school board decision to close the local elementary school because of an outdated building and declining enrollment projections, a small group of people were working on an alternative: turning Clifton Elementary into a public charter school.Dwayne Nitz is one of those people. He's also Clifton's vice-mayor."Wh...
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Rep. Jim Moran (D), who represents Arlington, Alexandria, and parts of Fairfax County, says a government shutdown would be simply devastating for Northern Virginia's economy."I don't think you can overstate the impact that this is going to have on Northern Virginia collectively," Moran says.Moran says after the last government shutdown, most federal workers received back...
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Kaine made the announcement through a video posted on his Facebook page.In the video, Kaine never mentions his time at the partisan DNC, but instead recounts his time as governor of Virginia, and promises to work across party lines."While we still have an awful lot of work to do to help Virginians who are struggling in a tou...
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In the clip, Kaine recounts his time as governor of Virginia, promises to work across party lines, and never mentions his time at the partisan DNC."I'm running for the United States Senate because America has big challenges, and I'm convinced that Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation," Kaine says in the video.Kaine would enter the race to succeed Democratic...
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Prince William County police say 27-year-old Tina Marie Amato of Fredericksburg has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian, crimes against nature and use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses.Ken Blackstone, a spokesman for the Prince William school system, says Amato has been a full-time teacher at Gar-Field High School since 2008...
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The population boom over the course of the last decade in Loudoun County means the area could gain two state delegate districts and one state Senate district.Democrat Stevens Miller is a Loudoun County supervisor, widely believed to be eyeing a run for state Senate, should a new district be created.He says increased representation for the county and Northern Virginia mea...
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The order comes from Virginia's Department of Transportation.VDOT spokesperson Joan Morris says it's the result of persistent complaints about homeless individuals crossing exit ramp traffic near Dale Boulevard to get to their tents in the woods."We don't seek these encampments out, however when they're brought to our attention, and there's an imminent danger involved, t...
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Terry Buchanan has been homeless for seven months, and for most of that time he's been camped out in the woods near Dale Boulevard and Prince William County.But Thursday he's been up since about 6 a.m., clearing out his tent and packing everything into a friend's car, before state police come back to check on things."I'm confused just like anybody else. These people acro...
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One of those amendments could be a sticking point for the bill's supporters.Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudon County) sponsored the autism bill. He says it's difficult for Virginia's autism community to feel satisfied right now, even though his bill has made it farther than any autism-related legislation proposed in recent years."Any time we can progress the awareness of the di...
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One of Superintendent Jack Dale's recommendations would allow principals to deal with more discipline cases in school, rather than referring matters to hearing officers.Dale says that's in response to the rising number of first-time offenses involving possession of personal prescription drugs. Dale says parents have complained that punishments have been too harsh. He says he a...
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Fairfax's discipline policy has come under increasing criticism in the aftermath of the suicide of a high-schooler facing disciplinary action.One of Superintendent Jack Dale's recommendations would give principals more discretion in deciding punishments, particularly for first-time offen...
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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...