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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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Bryon Hawkins and Davinia Miles-Hawkins met on the streets of Washington D.C. - they've both been homeless since about 2009, and first met that very year. After four years of getting to know each other, they pooled their very limited resources and got married on Valentine's Day of last year. But their first year as a married couple has been even tougher than they imagi...
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Eighty-five members of Virginia's General Assembly are banding together in opposition to proposed limits on carbon emissions at new coal-fire power plants. The lawmakers signed their names to a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their opposition to the limits. Delegate Terry Kilgore says they want to send the message to both Obama and the Environmental P...
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This is the second part of a two-part story on the McMillan Sand Filter Project. To find out more about the history and inner workings of the site, read Part 1. ...
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This is the first part of a two-part story on the McMillan Sand Filter Project. To find out more about the controversy surrounding new development at the McMillan site, read Part 2. Sitting west of North Capitol Street, near Children's National Me...
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For the second year in a row, the National Park Service is using the practice of bringing in sharpshooters to kill deer in Rock Creek Park in an effort to thin the local herd and allow park vegetation a chance to regrow. The lethal method of controlling the deer population continues to draw strong criticism from some local residents and from groups such as the Humane Society...
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A Virginia-based charity is helping relief efforts following a chemical spill in West Virginia that tainted the water supply in nine counties. The Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing International says it sent a truck loaded with more than 36,000 bottles of water and a pallet of meals ready to eat, or MREs, to West Virginia....
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Jonathan Wilson hits the water on a pontoon boat with Jim Foster, executive director of the Anacostia Watershed Society. We'll explore how AWS is working to reestablish this waterway as a place of recreation and beauty, despite decades of pollution and neglect....
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Members of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association say slot machine revenue is helping boost local horse breeding. The state has seen a 13 percent increase in Maryland-bred mares and a 23 percent increase in new stallions for the 2014 breeding season, according to the association.  Breeders are crediting the Maryland-Bred Awar...
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The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is getting ready to study the health impacts of the shale gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The agency says the study will assess the possible impact of fracking on water and air quality, noise and public safety. The drilling technique allows energy companies to extract natural g...
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Scientists at Virginia Tech are urging the public to be careful using boxwood clippings in holiday wreaths and garlands because of a plant disease that is threatening the shrub up and down the East Coast. The disease is called Boxwood Blight, and is caused by fungal pathogen that turns the normally-emerald green leaves of both American and English boxwood varieties brown and...
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River bulrush is currently an endangered species in Virginia....
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In Maryland, plans to harness offshore wind are moving forward. The federal Department of the Interior has announced a proposed "notice of sale" for nearly 80,000 acres for offshore wind development about 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The proposed notice of sale for commercial leasing triggers a 60-day comment period which could be followed closely by the ...
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The new owner of two Maryland power plants say those plants will likely stop burning coal. NRG Energy is asking for federal permission to deactivate the coal units at its facilities in Dickerson in Montgomery County and Chalk Point in Prince George's County. The plants would continue to burn oil and natural gas. Dave Gaier, a spokesman for New Jersey-base...
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The words "poetry" and "team" aren't often associated with each other, but that's not the case for the D.C. Youth Poetry Slam team. The group regularly performs for all sorts of audiences, and recently held auditions for next year's team. Jonathan Wilson finds out where teamwork fits into the often intensely personal world of poetry, and how a year on this team helps young local tal...
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Where To Buy A Real Christmas Tree Eastern Market 225 7th St. SE Washington, D.C. Dan and Bryan Trees 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C. Almost Heavenly Trees and Greenery 5021 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA...
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The Chesapeake Bay Program has chosen Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as the next chair of its executive council. O'Malley succeeds D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who has served in the role since July of last year. Gray says the District has since removed more than 16,000 pounds of trash from the Anacostia River and led other efforts to promote cleaner water. "W...
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The natural gas boom spurred by the increase in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" -- is causing a tidal wave of new or expanded power, chemical and fertilizer plants, according to a report released this week by the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project. The report says since 2012, companies have proposed or already obtained 95 clean air a...
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Rising oceans are a big threat to wetlands around the Chesapeake Bay, but scientists at the Smithsonian say wetlands can protect themselves — as long as humans stay out of the way. A review paper from the Smithsonian concludes that rising waters simply aren't the biggest factor in wetland demise. Instead, it's human efforts to control those rising ocean waters that are mor...