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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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An advisory panel examining Virginia's rules on fracking for natural gas is focusing initially on the chemicals that energy companies use in the process. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy held the panel's inaugural meeting in Richmond. The panel consists of industry representatives, environmental officials and local officials, who discussed at l...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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Metro Connection Segments Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend Local Crab-Picking Industry Struggles to S...
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Metro Connection Segments Rich Massabny: Shooting From The Hip From Arlington For More Than 30 Years ...
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In southern Virginia, Danville officials are preparing for the dredging of coal ash from the Dan River. The city says that Danville Utilities will close the city water treatment plant's intake valve during the day when dredging is occurring. The valve will be open in the evenings and overnight. Water and wastewater treatment director Barry Dunkley says the change ...
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An annual survey by marine scientists shows a significant drop in the number of spawning-age female blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says the number of spawning-age female crabs dropped below the minimum safe level of 70 million and are in a depleted state. While the number of juvenile crabs increased and last year's harv...
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In this edition of Bookend, we sit down with Alex Myers, the author of a new novel called "Revolutionary." Now while most novelists develop a deep connection to their protagonists, Alex Myers' link to Deborah Sampson, the heroine of Revolutionary, is especially strong. Deborah Sampson — a real historical figure — was a woman who dressed as a man to fight as a soldier fo...
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There are two Wicomico Rivers in Maryland: one on the Eastern Shore, and one on the western shore. And it’s the latter river, the one that reaches into St. Mary’s County Maryland off of the Potomac River, where Nancy Wolfe has spent just about all of her life. Wolfe says she knows that gradual change is inevitable for southern Maryland and she wants to do her part to mak...
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Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay's health has reversed a three-year downward trend. The news comes from the Chesapeake Bay Program's annual report on underwater vegetation in the bay. The program says the abundance of underwater grasses increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013. “The mid-Bay has seen a big rise in widgeongrass. In fact, the expa...
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Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University's commencement speech this year in D.C. The school has announced that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. The university also will honor CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indr...
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Top 10 ENERGY STAR Cities 1. Los Angeles 2. Washington, D.C. 3. Atlanta 4. New York 5. San Francisco 6. Chicago 7. Dallas-Fort Worth 8. Denver 9. Philadelphia 10. Houston ...
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The Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia may now be three months in the past, but elected leaders in the D.C. region are still trying to learn lessons from the water emergency. Stuart Freudberg, senior director of environment and public safety for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, says that unlike the area around Elk River, the D.C. Region doesn...
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Rachel Carson's study, where she did much of her research and writing. (Jonathan Wilson/WAMU) In a two...
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Additional D.C. Election Coverage Election Live Blog Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary ...
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Residents of the tiny neighborhood of Ivy City in Ward 5 are engaged in a battle with city officials over a proposed bus parking lot that the neighborhood does not want. Residents say the struggle is about much more than bus parking. It has to do with air quality, and with their feeling that Ward 5 sometimes gets the short end of the stick from city leaders. Parisa Norouzi, ...
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A coalition of Virginia environmental groups is planning a statewide campaign calling for a reduction in carbon pollution. The campaign, Virginia Acts on Climate, will run through June. It will include community events and other activities that showcase how local governments, businesses and residents are working to reduce carbon pollution. Kate Addleson with the ...
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Can you make a river appear out of nowhere? Well, kind of. And now the D.C.’s Department of the Environment is doing just that for the very first time in the city: Taking a stream that was diverted underground nearly a century ago and restoring it above ground. The process is known as "daylighting," and the first stream to get this treatment is a tributary of Broad Branch ...
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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. 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 predictions....
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About a year ago, 38-year-old Jeromy Range and his wife decided to take the plunge and buy a house. “One of the things that we did when we determined if we could afford to live here was we got a quote for our flood insurance,” Range says. “We did our budget out for the entire year to decide if we could afford to live here, and we determined at the time that we could.”...