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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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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...
Some law enforcement officers are warning local retailers to be on guard as shoppers head to the malls over the holidays. The holiday shopping season is also high season for professional shoplifters in the D.C. area.Each winter, Lt. Tony Matos fights retail theft for the Fairfax County Police Department. He says during the holidays, organized criminal rings know that malls and ...
Virginia ranks high among the 50 states in being prepared for public health emergencies.A report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Virginia is one of 14 states that meet nine of 10 key benchmarks of public health preparedness.The scores reflect improvements over time in how officials prevent, identify and respo...
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A federal judge in Richmond has ruled that a significant part of the sweeping federal health care law is unconstitutional, handing a victory to Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, whose office brought the lawsuit challenging the law.U.S. Eastern District Court Judge Henry Hudson rejected the federal government's argument that it could require Americans to purchase insurance or...
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Click HERE for the latest developments in this story.A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's new health care law unconstitutional. The ruling is a victory for the Commonwealth's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli.U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law,...
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In Virginia, a day after Gov. Bob McDonnell announed the state will apply $4 billion to stalled highway and road projects over the next three years, one local leader says the announcement means little for the D.C. suburbs.Three-fourths of the money relies on new bonds and existing debts.Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton says the governor is authorizin...
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This has been the coldest week of the winter so far for D.C.-area residents, and not a bad time to think about how well your house holds in heat.On Thursday Dominion Power crews sealed up drafty windows and door frames in three townhomes occupied by families transitioning away from homelessness in Reston, Va.The changes will make for a warmer and cheaper winter, but desi...
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As temperatures continue to drop into the 20s, power companies are reminding D.C.-area residents of simple steps to stay warmer without spending extra on heating bills.A worker from Dominion Virginia Power was chipping away at the inside of a gutter on Thursday, outside the second story of a townhome in Reston. Chunks of an asphalt-like mixture fall to the ground beneath his la...
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In Virginia, demand for a food pantry's services is still growing, but not quite as fast as it was this time last year.Arlington Food Assistance Center is still getting applications from 10 new families needing assistance each month.Executive director Charlie Meng says both financial and food donations are up. That's allowed AFAC to expand services in the community, incl...
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Food pantries can be a barometer for how the economy is affecting the neediest families. People at the Arlington Food Assistance Center say demand for food is not letting up this holiday season, though there are some signs of change.Every weekday, from 10 a.m. to noon, hungry Arlington residents line up at the center for their share of free groceries. The past couple of years h...
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In Virginia, the Northern Virginia Tea Party is trying to maintain momentum after the 2010 election cycle. The group is hoping a high profile guest speaker at its second annual banquet may have helped things.Christine O'Donnell may have suffered a convincing defeat in her effort to win one of Delaware's Senate seats. But as the keynote speaker at Tuesday night's Northern Virgin...
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In Virginia, the plan to transform Tysons Corner is slowly moving forward. Monday night, some local residents got their first glimpse of what the transformation will look like.More than 100 residents made their way around the cafeteria at Marshall High School, where renderings of seven of the first projects proposed under the new Tysons Corner building guidelines were on displa...
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On Saturday some local photographers will be capturing the holdiay spirit by offering free portraits for low income families. It's the second annual international "Help Portrait Day."Sandra Merriman lives in Franconia. She's on a fixed income and says getting a professional photograph taken has always seemed like a luxury, until this year."I pushed it on my kids that eve...
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Saturday is the second annual "Help Portrait Day" -- a day where photographers take portraits of people and families who can't afford professional pictures for free.Sandra Merriman and her family will participate in the event. She lives with her son, daughter, and two grandchildren in the Franconia area. For the past two years she's has relied on the nonprofit emergency assista...
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In Virginia, a small business owner is taking Arlington county to federal court.She says the county is forcing her to cover or take down a mural on the wall of her store, and violating her free speech rights.Kim Houghton, the owner of Wag More Dogs Grooming, says she commissioned the 16-by-60-foot mural on the outside wall of her store simply because she thought dog owne...
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In Virginia, the owner of a small business in Shirlington has filed a federal free speech lawsuit against Arlington County. Kim Houghton filed the suit regarding a mural she commissioned on the outside wall of her dog-grooming business, Wag More Dogs.Wag More Dogs' back wall faces Shirlington's popular dog park, and Houghton had what she thought was a great idea: a giant mural ...
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In Virginia, after a court ruling that didn't go their way, residents in Clifton are deciding whether to regroup or accept the Fairfax County School Board's decision to close the town's elementary school.Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled that Clifton residents were properly notified of the possibility of closure, and that the decision was not arbitrary and capricio...
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This week the Senate is expected to again take up a bill known as the DREAM Act. The legislation would help the children of illegal immigrants remain in the country to get an education or serve in the military.Gaby Pacheco came to the U.S. illegally from Ecuador when she was seven years old.Now she's 24 and studying to earn her bachelor's degree in special education at a...
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A judge in Fairfax, Va., has ruled that the county school board acted within its rights to close the elementary school in the town of Clifton. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled against the Clifton parents, who claimed the board's decision was "arbitrary and capricious."The judge said though there may have been substantial evidence supporting a decision to ke...
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The Federal Trade Commission is teaming with local governments to spread the word about the fastest-growing type of identity theft: medical ID theft.Vee Johnson, of the Fairfax County's Consumer Affairs Division, wants local residents, especially senior citizens, to guard their personal health information just as closely as they guard their money."Protect your Medicare c...