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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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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...
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The 2010 BP oil spill prompted strong reactions from across the globe, but for Del-Ray resident Margaret Wohler, it served as an inspiration to make a life-changing decision — ending her reliance on driving for transportation. Jonathan Wilson finds out how Wohler's decision to switch from driving to biking pretty much everywhere affected her family and her happiness...and why she d...
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Smith Island may be famous for its distinctive cakes, but it's becoming notorious for the bleak future scientists are painting for the island and its residents. In the first part of a special two-part series, Jonathan Wilson visits Smith Island to talk with residents struggling to hang on to their property and their way of life, despite a dwindling population and dire environmental p...
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Let's talk about that trendiest of hipster fads: urban gardening. But is it really just a fad? An oral history project put together by the non-profit Neighborhood Farm Initiative aims, in part, to dispel that myth, through recorded interviews with dozens of gardeners, young and old, from around the city. Recently I met the man at the helm of the project, David Qui...
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Virginia's oyster harvest has made a huge comeback. Governor Bob McDonnell says the 2012-2013 harvest of the hard shell totaled 406,000 bushels, up 60 percent over the previous year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms. Of the total harvest, 149,000 bushels were harvested from public oyster grounds and 257,000 from private...
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Democrat Terry McAuliffe will be the next governor of Virginia, after edging out Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general. But despite the loss, Cuccinelli and his supporters say that there's evidence that conservative principles have traction. Volunteer Elizabeth Rowe Garrison summed up the two sentiments dominating the room at the Republican election night p...
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Should Maryland allow a natural gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay? Jean Marie Neal leads me down a short-mulched path behind her house, on...
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In this edition of Bookend, Jonathan Wilson travels up to Baltimore to sit down with prolific horror and science fiction author Tom Monteleone, who is the author of 36 books, and more than 100 short stories — he's also written for the stage and for television. Wilson talks to Monteleone about how he got started as a professionally spooky writer - and why, for him, Halloween has neve...