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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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At D.C. Superior Court, jurors in the Chandra Levy murder trial have been dismissed after spending a third day deliberating without reaching a verdict.Jurors have now spent nearly 17 hours deliberating the case, and though they haven't come to an agreement on the verdict, they did pose a question to Judge Gerald Fisher this afternoon. They asked for the legal definition of assa...
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A revealing thing happened on the way to a press conference about distracted driving: Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton was fighting his way through Tysons Corner when suddenly, "I was following behind someone who was quite obviously texting while they were driving out here. And they were meandering between the lanes, between a couple of trucks."That's exactly ...
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The Internet Crime Complaint Center in Richmond, Va., has reported its 2 millionth complaint. The center, also known as IC3, recorded the milestone earlier this month.The center is a partnership with the National White Collar Crime Center, the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.It fields complaints from Internet users w...
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In Virginia, Congressman Jim Moran says the Department of Defense's Inspector General has launched an investigation into the placement of the massive new Mark Center office complex along Interstate 395 in Alexandria.Thousands of employees are set to be transferred there in September as part of the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure plan.Moran says the investigation ...
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In Virginia, a three-year study of Prince William County's controversial illegal immigration policy concludes that it has reduced the number of illegal immigrants in the county -- but has also had some unintended consequences.The policy requires police officers to examine the citizenship status of every person they arrest.Researchers from the University of Virginia and t...
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According to Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D), the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into placement of the new Mark Center defense building along Interstate 395. Moran has long said the new building and its employees will cause catastrophic traffic problems for the area.Moran, who represents Alexandria and Arlington, says plans fo...
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Researchers at the University of Virginia and the Police Executive Research Forum are presenting the results of a three-year study of Prince William County's controversial immigration enforcement policy.The study concludes that the policy, which requires police officers to examine the citizenship status of every perso...
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Today the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors starts to lay the groundwork for redistricting, a process that could have major ramifications for next year's elections.This marks the start of a busy twelve months for supervisors and voters.Fairfax voters will have 11 different races to keep an eye on in the coming year, including contests for legislative, school board, and...
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On Saturday morning the Arlington County board is considering the county's first-ever comprehensive natural resource protection plan.The proposed plan stems directly from a natural resource survey performed by the county between 2005 and 2008.The survey covered all county owned land and some federally owned land within Arlington's borders.The survey looked at thin...
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In Arlington, Va., tomorrow, the county board is expected to vote on Arlington's first-ever comprehensive plan to preserve its natural resources.The proposed protection plan has 19 different recommendations, such as creating a specialized management unit for natural resources.Jamie Bartalon, a forestry supervisor with the county, says the plan doesn't demand much in term...
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It may be too early for some local residents to start thinking about snow. But Virginia's Department of Transportation can't really afford to wait, especially if it's hoping to head off some of the criticisms it got during last winter's storms.VDOT administrator Branco Vlacich says the first thing that should make a difference this winter when roads need to be plowed is a bigge...
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It's been a year of unprecedented controversy at Arlington National Cemetery, but that didn't stop thousands of visitors from streaming onto the nation's most hallowed ground to commemorate Veterans Day. Amidst the history, bravery, sadness and celebration that marks every Veterans Day, this year, there is also some uncertainty.After recent revelations of improperly handled bod...
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Virginia's Department of Transportation says it learned some important lessons from last winter's historic snowstorms. Wednesday, the department explained to local leaders what will be different this time around.Rosemary Ryan, a legislative aide in Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook's office, says she answered 1,000 emails and hundreds of phone calls each day during the snowst...
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In Virginia, Congressman Gerry Connolly says the narrowness of his victory over Republican challenger Keith Fimian won't make him change his approach to governing or campaigning in years to come.Fimian conceded defeat in a written statement released Tuesday.Connolly first claimed victory a week ago, on election night, and only saw his slim lead grow during post-election ...
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In Virginia's 11th Congressional District, a week after election day, Republican challenger Keith Fimian has conceded to Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly. Connolly bested Fimian by less than 1,000 votes.In a statement released around 12 p.m. today, Fimian says he will not pursue a recount and congratulates Connolly on his victory.Fimian also holds open the possibility...
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In Virginia, Imagine Schools, a locally-based charter school company, says it wants to be the first to establish a public charter school in Loudoun County.Loudoun County isn't known for struggling schools, like many other districts where public charters have become popular, but Imagine's Executive Vice President Roy Gamse says the county school system is running out of space....
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The final vote count, which has now been certified on the local level, has Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly keeping his seat in the Capitol representing Virginia's 11th Congressional District, but Republican challenger Keith Fimian and his supporters appear reluctant to concede defeat.After a three-day post-election canvass, Connolly has bested by 968 vote -- about doub...
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The final vote count, which has now been certified on the local level, has Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly keeping his seat in the Capitol representing Virginia's 11th Congressional District, but Republican challenger Keith Fimian and his supporters appear reluctant to concede defeat.After a three-day post-election canvass, Connolly has bested by 968 vote -- about doub...
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It's now been 10 years since the creation of the Japanese American World War II memorial in Washington--and this year the group that led the charge behind the memorial is honoring a retiring Washington legend.The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation is singling out recently retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for his efforts over the years to fight against...
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The election results from the closely contested race for Northern Virginia's 11th Congressional District have now been certified at the local level, and it looks like Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly will be spending another two years on Capitol Hill.But it's not clear when, or if, Republican challenger Keith Fimian will concede.Fairfax County Republican Committee C...