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Jonathan Wilson

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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County administrators aren't yet sure what rising property values means for next year's property taxes.Last year, average property values in Arlington dropped by more than 7 percent -- the first drop in 15 years.Today Arlington's Management and Finance director, Michelle Cowan, told a different story for 2011 assessments: an average increase in value of 6.3 percent....
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In Virginia, the chairwoman of Fairfax County's board of supervisors says one of the biggest challenges this year will be helping commuters deal with the new traffic with the influx of thousands of new Department of Defense workers.The new Mark Center Department of Defense building on I-395 -- part of the federal Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC program -- will bring 6,200...
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In Virginia, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova says the county is dealing with another estimated budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.There's nothing funny about an estimated $50 million budget gap.But a wry chuckle from Bulova, a Democrat, is perhaps understandable, given that last year the gap was more than $200 million, and it was $600 million a y...
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In Virginia, the day after the Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered his State of the Commonwealth address, the leader of the state's most populous jurisdiction is delivering her own roundup of local accomplishments and goals.Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova says though the county appears to be emerging from th...
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Addressing the Virginia General Assembly, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell said that Virginia is doing a better job of promoting economic growth and reigning in spending than most other states, but still has serious work ahead.He urged lawmakers to support his plan to borrow $3 billion for transportation projects while interest rates and construction costs are low."Every ma...
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Virginia's 2011 General Assembly session is underway, and Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver his state of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.McDonnell is expected to focus on the GOP themes of "smaller government, stronger economy" -- and a continued effort to slash state spending.He'll also be revisiting some unfinished business from 2010: He'll introduce a revised ...
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In Virginia, a growing number of students at a Loudoun County middle school are showing interest in music, but recent budget cuts mean the school has fewer music teachers.Matt Baker, the band and orchestra director at River Bend Middle School, says he knew he'd be teaching more students this year."I did expect some retention and some influx of new students, but the overa...
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In Virginia, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart is set to deliver his state of the county address Tuesday. Stewart says in his past few state of the county addresses, he's had to urge Prince William County residents to support spending cuts, and to brace for difficult economic times ahead. But not this time.Tuesday he says he'll be able to tout risin...