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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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Democratic mayoral nominee and current D.C. City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, is trying to win the support of voters in parts of the District that largely rejected him in the primary.Gray won just 27 percent of the vote in Ward 2, which includes Georgetown, Dupont Circle and downtown. It isn't exactly Vincent Gray territory.But if any in the hundreds of people packed i...
It's not quite the official holiday season, but a nonprofit food assistance program in Prince William County, Va., is desperate for local residents and businesses to get in the giving mood a little early.The food distribution room at SERVE, the largest food assistance provider in Prince William County, is far from empty...
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Congressional candidates in Virginia's closely contested 11th District are familiar with one another, they faced off for the same seat just two years ago.But that doesn't mean debates are any less heated this time around.Minutes into the debate, Keith Fimian, the Republican challenger, accused incumbent Gerry Connolly, of what he called subterfuge and outright lies, usin...
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In Virginia, Democratic Rep. Jim Moran took the stage with Republican challenger Patrick Murray on the campus of George Mason University today.Murray went on the offensive in today's debate, accusing Moran of engaging in pay-to-play tactics with the giant new Department of Defense building along I-395."The fact of the matter is, it's in his district, it's a federal build...
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By Jonathan WilsonThousands have been gathering this morning at Nationals Park for the start of the Susan G. Komen three-day walk to raise money for breast cancer research.Participants in the fundraiser for breast cancer research plan to walk 60 miles over the next three days. They'll trek from Washington to Germantown, Md., and back. Each participant has raised an avera...
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By Jonathan WilsonIn Maryland, the police chief in Prince George's County says that laziness from an instructor, and not cheating by cadets, is what led to a slew of perfect scores on police academy exams last year.Police Chief Roberto Hylton says an internal audit showed that out of laziness, an instructor recorded perfect scores for more than 30 cadets who graduated in...
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By Jonathan WilsonVirginia's Attorney General -- Ken Cuccinelli -- is weighing in on immigration enforcement in the Commonwealth.Cuccinelli says police in Virginia have the right to inquire about the immigration status of people they arrest or even pullover."Virginia law enforcement have the authority to make such inquiries, so long as they don't extend the durati...
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Today in Virginia, Fairfax County Supervisors will consider a vision for revitalizing the economic and physical landscape of the Baileys Crossroads community.Creating a unified vision for the future of such a diverse neighborhood can be a challenging.If you're looking for a meal, but don't know exactly what you're craving, Baileys Crossroads can offer Afghan, Ethiopian, ...
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Today in Virginia, Fairfax County Supervisors will consider a vision for revitalizing the economic and physical landscape of the Baileys Crossroads community.Creating a unified vision for the future of such a diverse neighborhood can be a challenging.If you're looking for a meal, but don't know exactly what you're craving, Baileys Crossroads can offer Afghan, Ethiopian, ...
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Today in Virginia, Fairfax County Supervisors will consider a vision for revitalizing the economic and physical landscape of the Baileys Crossroads community.Creating a unified vision for the future of such a diverse neighborhood can be a challenging.If you're looking for a meal, but don't know exactly what you're craving, Baileys Crossroads can offer Afghan, Ethiopian, ...
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By Jonathan WilsonVirginia's Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to attract more trucking firms to title and register their fleets in the Commonwealth.McDonnell issued a proclamation this week that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling on Virginia's highways.His office says the Commonwealth will now recognize federally author...
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By Jonathan WilsonVirginia's Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to attract more trucking firms to title and register their fleets in the Commonwealth.McDonnell issued a proclamation this week that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling on Virginia's highways.His office says the Commonwealth will now recognize federally author...
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By Jonathan WilsonVirginia's Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to attract more trucking firms to title and register their fleets in the Commonwealth.McDonnell issued a proclamation this week that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling on Virginia's highways.His office says the Commonwealth will now recognize federally author...
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By Jonathan WilsonIn Virginia, residents in Fairfax County's Clifton area say a proposal to close their local elementary and build a new school several miles away ignores serious environmental concerns.A plan put forward by Fairfax County Public Schools calls for closing Clifton and building a new elementary next to the existing Liberty Mill Middle School.Tom Van ...
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The Annual Suntrust National Marathon will cause some traffic glitches in the District on Saturday.Streets will begin closing at 6:45 a.m. as runners line up at RFK Stadium. Once they set off, the race course snakes through six of the District's eight wards along its 26-mile route.Cars can be parked along streets closed for the race but cannot be moved once the marathon ...
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The foreclosure crisis has caused an historic drop in home prices across much of the country but a new report shows housing has actually become less affordable, in D.C. and Northern Virginia.The report comes from the Center for Housing Policy Keith Wardrip is a Senior Research Associate there.He says though home prices have droppeda relatively small number of people h...
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This year the anniversary of September 11th coincides almost perfectly with the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a fact not lost on the large crowd that gathered for a Ramadan celebration in Rockville.More than 200 people gathered at the Monroe street county office building for this Ramadan celebration.To Khalil Abu Amsaa, a 34-year-old area native and Muslim con...
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American Muslim communities bore the brunt of the public's anger following the 9-11 attacks in 2001 and now eight years later the anniversary coincides almost perfectly with the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.Some Muslims in Montgomery County, Maryland say things have changed significantly since then.Its certainly not the first time since 9-11 that the e...
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You might want to double-check your supply of long underwear and wool socks.The venerable Farmers' Almanac predicts this winter will be colder than usual across much of the country--but Metropolitan Washington might get a break.The 2010 edition of the Farmers' Almanac, which goes on sale Tuesday, says numbingly cold temperatures will prevail across three-fourths of the c...
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Anti-violence advocates in Washington's gay and transgender community say the district still has a long way to go when it comes to fighting hate crimes.The stabbing death of a 21 year old has put the issue back in the spotlight. Police say it's still too early to say whether the stabbing death of 21 year old Joshua Mack in broad daylight on Q Street in Northwest was definitely ...