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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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One Iranian-American says while change in Iran would be nice, it's time for Iranians here to invest more in preserving their culture.Khash Montazami says it's a very Western habit to think of all Middle-Eastern countries as similar. But he also says he and his Iranian-American friends thought of their home country as soon as the protests in Egypt started."The song 'Walk ...
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One Iranian-American in Northern Virginia is keeping a close eye on his home country while trying to bring Iranians closer together right here.Khash Montazami was born in Iran -- but hasn't been back in 30 years. He says among Iranians in the U.S. there's fear that Egypt's transformation could end with extremists in control."My Egyptian friends say, 'No. Impossible...It ...
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Two teen suicides in Fairfax -- one in January, and another in March of 2009 -- have become the focal points of a dispute about the county's discipline policy. Both teens had to switch schools following disciplinary action for violations of school policies. The key question: Did Fairfax's discipline policy play any role in the tragedies? Jon Farrell, a Fairfax parent and membe...
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In Virginia, the Fairfax County Public School Board has signaled its intention to implement full-day kindergarten in elementary schools across the district.Full-day kindergarten at all 137 elementary schools is a goal which, like many others in Fairfax County, the recession put on hold.Right now there are 37 elementary schools in the county that still squeeze the kinderg...
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In Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb (D) and Rep. Jim Moran (D) received a new briefing Friday on how the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process will affect their regions. The two representatives say they will continue to fight for changes to the plans that call for moving 6,000 Department of Defense employees to the new Mark Center in Alexandria.Webb and Moran both attended a 1.5-h...
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with assault in what police said was a case of road rage.Fairfax County police say a 38-year-old man told investigators he was driving a Honda Civic when he saw a pickup truck tailgating him. The man said the driver then made a hand gesture.According to police, Haynesworth, who was driving the truck, got out ...
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Just as President Barack Obama announced his plan to spur small business, Fairfax County is doing its best to help small businesses win federal contracts, with a special focus on businesses owned by women.Women-owned businesses in Fairfax County generate $6 billion of sales revenue each year. But those businesses aren't as well represented in the world of government contracting...
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Autism advocates in Virginia are once again urging state legislators to pass a law mandating insurance coverage for autism-related health care. A vote before the full House this week marks the farthest such a proposal has ever made it.The bill before the full house mandates $35,000 a year in health care coverage for children on the autism spectrum between the ages 2 and 6....
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Communities across the country are busy this week conducting their annual count of the number of homeless people who out on the streets.Volunteers for Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, or A-SPAN, are handing out soup and sandwiches to the homeless at Oakland Park -- something they do every single day of the year.But Thursday night, A-SPAN staffers were also t...
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Virginia law currently says victims of sexual abuse can file a civil lawsuit for up to two years after they turn 18. For victims who've repressed the experience, the time frame is two years after the abuse is discovered. But lawmakers are looking to extend that.Delegate Dave Albo, a Republican from Fairfax, is behind a bill that originally proposed extending the limit to 25 yea...
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The storm hit just before rush hour. It has turned most streets into parking lots and traffic has come to a virtual standstill.On G.W. Parkway, traffic has been moving a little more rapidly, but drivers were still moving gingerly around 7 p.m. and snow was falling quite hard.In Alexandria, libraries and recreation centers were closed early and all evening activities run ...
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Students in Virginia are doing far better than the national average when it comes to learning science, but some local education leaders say science could still use some more time in the spotlight.Virginia may be well ahead of the national curve when it comes to science. But according to the 2009 National A...
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Less than half of Virginia's elementary- and middle-schoolers show a solid grasp of science, and drastic achievement gaps still exist among racial groups.Results from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress show 46 percent of Virginia fourth-graders and 36 percent of eighth-graders demonstrated at least proficient skills in earth, physical and life sciences, accord...
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In Virginia, major changes may be on the way for the state's system of care for people with developmental disabilities.Bruce Weaver, a developmentally disabled 52-year-old, lives in a brand new group home in Arlington run by L'Arche of Greater Washington. He likes it here."I have my own closet, my own computer, and my own bathroom," he says.But many advocates in t...
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In Virginia, a dispute between a dog-grooming business owner and Arlington County is now in the hands of a federal judge.Kim Houghton, the owner of Wag More Dogs in Shirlington, claims Arlington is violating her free speech rights by forcing her to take down or alter a 16-by-60-foot mural painted on the outside wall of her business.Carol McCoskrie, Arlington's assistant...
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In Virginia, a federal judge says a dispute between a dog-grooming store owner and Arlington County raises interesting First Amendment issues.Kim Houghton, the owner of Wag More Dogs in Shirlington, claims Arlington County is violating her free speech rights by ordering her to take down or change a large mural she had painted on the side of her business. The wall in question fa...
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Click here for the latest on this story.A teenager from Alexandria, Virginia, who says he was detained, beaten and whipped in Kuwait is scheduled to arrive at Dulles International Airport Friday morning.Gadeir Abbas, is a lawyer from the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR.CAIR sued the US governm...
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A Virginia teenager who claims he was tortured while being detained in Kuwait is scheduled to return home Friday. The family of 19-year-old Gulet Mohamed says he was first detained and beaten in Kuwait about a month ago and has remained in detention because of his apparent listing on the no-fly list.This week lawyers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations ...
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In Virginia, some students and parents in Loudoun County say there are few places for the families of gay and lesbian teens to turn for emotional support and guidance.Riley Schappell is a 16-year-old sophomore at Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun. She's straight, but started attending meetings of the school's GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, to support her gay friends."...
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In Virginia, members of Fairfax County's public school board and the county's board of supervisors all agree that education is the county's number one priority. That doesn't mean county leaders agree on just how to get teachers their first pay increase in two years.For Fairfax County Federation of Teachers President Steven Greenburg, it's simple: A third year of frozen teacher ...