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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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In Virginia, after a court ruling that didn't go their way, residents in Clifton are deciding whether to regroup or accept the Fairfax County School Board's decision to close the town's elementary school.Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled that Clifton residents were properly notified of the possibility of closure, and that the decision was not arbitrary and capricio...
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This week the Senate is expected to again take up a bill known as the DREAM Act. The legislation would help the children of illegal immigrants remain in the country to get an education or serve in the military.Gaby Pacheco came to the U.S. illegally from Ecuador when she was seven years old.Now she's 24 and studying to earn her bachelor's degree in special education at a...
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A judge in Fairfax, Va., has ruled that the county school board acted within its rights to close the elementary school in the town of Clifton. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Smith ruled against the Clifton parents, who claimed the board's decision was "arbitrary and capricious."The judge said though there may have been substantial evidence supporting a decision to ke...
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The Federal Trade Commission is teaming with local governments to spread the word about the fastest-growing type of identity theft: medical ID theft.Vee Johnson, of the Fairfax County's Consumer Affairs Division, wants local residents, especially senior citizens, to guard their personal health information just as closely as they guard their money."Protect your Medicare c...
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. Now online retailers, including many headquartered in Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor are counting the numbers. One fast-growing company in Chantilly, CedarPC, continues to see the benefit of its online retail presence.John Vuong is the CEO of CedarPC, a company that specializes in selling refurbished computers to consum...
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Today is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, also known as Cyber Monday. Quite a few companies in Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor shifted into their highest gear in preparation, including the growing retailer CedarPC.CedarPC operates two old-fashioned retail stores in Virginia -- one in Vienna, and one in Chantilly. Today, the Chantilly store is quiet, ...
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In Virginia, several federal lawmakers and Gov. Bob McDonnell say they left a discussion with Defense Secretary Robert Gates feeling a little bit better about the impact military spending cuts will have on Virginia's economy.It's not clear whether the discussion will change Gates' plans.A proposal to reduce spending on military contractors by 30 percent over the next thr...
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Thousands of people are flying out of the D.C. region to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving -- right in the middle of a controversy brewing over new security screening procedures at airports.Carol Fullerton, like many other travelers catching flights out of Dulles International Airport today, came expecting the worst."I'm here four hours early -- in preparation. S...
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In Virginia today, at a long-sought meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gov. Bob McDonnell and several other representatives of the commonwealth, expressed their opposition to the planned closure of Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roaand a proposed reduction to military contractors.The closed-door meeting in Arlington lasted a little more than an hour. Gov. McDonnell ...
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In Virginia's Fairfax County, a public school in the Hollin Hills community is pleading parents and local businesses for money to save unique school programs.Hollin Meadows fifth-grader Jonathan Guerra-Cardial says the coolest thing about the huge garden at his school is being able to eat what you grow, and then turn what's left over into fertilizer."Eat the apples, and ...
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In Virginia, residents in the town of Clifton are still fighting the July 8th decision by the Fairfax County public school board to close Clifton Elementary.Monday morning a Fairfax Circuit court judge hears arguments in the case.Springfield Board member Liz Bradsher says the Clifton Elementary building needs major renovations to stay viable as a public school -- renovat...
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At D.C. Superior Court, jury deliberations in the Chandra Levy murder trial are scheduled to resume next week after jurors spent a third day behind close doors Friday without reaching a verdict.Levy's disappearance first attracted national interest when her romantic relationship with then-California Congressman Gary Condit was revealed.Condit was once a suspect in the ca...
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On Monday in Virginia, attorneys for Fairfax County Public Schools will square off against advocates for the town of Clifton and its elementary school in Fairfax Circuit Court.The school board voted to close the school this summer, and since then, tensions seem to have risen.Clifton lies within Springfield Board member Liz Bradsher's district.But it was Bradsher w...
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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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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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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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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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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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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...