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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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Three groups are vying for the chance to open a casino in Prince George's County. Penn National Gaming and Greenwood Racing both submitted proposals before Friday's deadline with the state. A subsidiary of MGM Resorts International submitted its own proposal last week for an $800 million casino at National Harbor. Penn National is proposing building a $700 million casino at t...
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The winner of next week's "American Idol" will perform the national anthem for the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol Lawn in Washington. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the Memorial Day festivities again this year. The concert will be televised May 26 on PBS. The lineup of entertainers will include actor Ed Harris, "Dancing with the Stars...
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Visitors to the National Zoo see animals from around the world, but behind the scenes, zoo veterinarians are dealing with diseases from around the world. Scientists say 75 percent of human diseases mutated from "zoonotic" or animal counterparts, meaning zoo veterinarians are playing an increasingly important role on the front lines of pandemic prevention. Jonathan Wilson talked to D...
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says he will sign legislation to promote the recycling of oyster shells. The bill provides a dollar a bushel tax credit for empty oyster shells, up to $750 a year. Oyster shells collected from processors, restaurants and others are needed for restoration efforts because young oysters raised in hatcheries prefer to attach to adult oyster shell...
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The Chesapeake Bay Program says states in the bay watershed are more than a quarter of the way toward meeting goals for cutting the bay's three main pollutants by 2025. The new federally led restoration strategy calls for cuts in nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. The bay program says its models show that between 2009 and 2012, nitrogen pollution was cut 25 percent, phosphorus...
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Chemistry can sometimes seem like an abstract science, especially to students toiling through Chem 101 in college. But chemistry is anything but abstract for Professor Joseph Fortunak and his students. Fortunak teaches chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences at Howard University, and is working to make life-saving medicines more available and sustainable for countries in Africa. Many of...
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The Chesapeake Bay Trust is asking the public to help decide what to name the heron on its Treasure the Chesapeake license plates. The nonprofit organization says it has narrowed the possibilities down to finalists Hattie the Heron, Seemore D. Bay, and Wade. Voting began last Friday and ends this Friday, April 26. The heron i...
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Maryland and Virginia legislative sessions wrapped up the year with progress on many environmental policy changes. Legislators in Maryland wait it out on fracking, while those in Virginia do away with utility incentives for renewable energy. Environment reporter Jonathan Wilson joins Metro Connection's Rebecca Sheir to recap some of the biggest environmental stories that came out of b...
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"Sandy" is being retired from the list of tropical storm names because of the catastrophic damage its massive size and strength caused along the east coast last year. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the name Sara will take its place. ...
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Dave Jones manages the Wheelabrator Waste-to-Energy plant in Baltimore. "Our first stop will be the elevator lobby of the fifth floor," he says on a recent tour. Jones explains that from there, we'll be able to look out over the refuse storage pit. Once there, he opens one of the windows looking out onto the pit as a mechanical claw scoops trash out of the main pile and lifts ...
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Maryland's oyster population and reproduction rates are up again, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources. Fall oyster survey results in Maryland show increases for the second straight year. The survey also found that Dermo and MSX, the two diseases that have decimated Maryland oysters, remained far below long-term averages. DNR Sec. John Griffin ...
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Virginia's Marine Resources Commission says the commonwealth will begin its largest-ever oyster replenishment initiative in May. The initiative will use $2 million in state funds to provide habitat on public oyster grounds in the James, York and Rappahannock rivers and elsewhere in the Chesapeake Bay. The Marine Resources Commission says the summer-long replenishment ...
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The National Hurricane Center is changing the way it issues hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings after being criticized over its handling of Superstorm Sandy. During Sandy, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami stopped issuing advisories and hurricane warnings because the storm lost its tropical characteristics and mutated into a hybrid storm as...
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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's digging deeper into the case of a rabies-infected organ donor and the death of an organ recipient in Maryland earlier this year. Rabies expert Richard Franka says that investigators in Atlanta are trying to understand why three of the four people who got organs from the Florida donor in 2011 didn't develop the de...
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Anne Harding Woodworth isn't a Washington, D.C. native, but she's been in the area for 20 years. You'd be hard pressed to find someone more enthusiastic about what the city has to offer — especially to poets. Metro Connection's Jonathan Wilson joins Woodworth at her home in the District's Woodley Park neighborhood. Following are highlights of their interview. On how ...
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Virginia's uranium deposit isn't a new discovery; mining industry geologists confirmed its existence three decades ago. But the state's legislators still haven't given those who want to mine it, the all clear to start digging it up, and many environmental advocates say that's the way it should stay. Patrick Wales does not agree with those environmental advocates. He's walking ...
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The 12 feet of snow underfoot amplifies the feeling of rural serenity as I trudge to the top of a hill with Billy Bishoff and his mother Joyce, and take in a panoramic view of their 300-acre dairy farm. There are some people who worry this pristine environment in Garrett, Maryland's westernmost county, is in grave danger of being ruined by the energy industry. That perspective...
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David Ector of Calvert County has been sentenced to probation for illegally discharging fill material into the Chesapeake Bay. Ector must remove the fill material from the Bay as a condition of his sentence, which was imposed Wednesday in federal court in Greenbelt. Prosecutors say the 55-year-old Ector owned a cliff-front property in Calvert County and, in May 2010, was re...
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It's just after 9 a.m. on the South River just outside of Annapolis, and a team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists are tossing dozens of fish back into the water. The batch, which was caught in nets left overnight in the shallows, is mostly made up of catfish and white perch. That's why they're going back into the river. Fred Pinkney, the senior member of the team, is lookin...
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says a proposed wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore could kill up to 20 bald eagles a year. This report could have implications for wind power development along the Eastern Seaboard. Pioneer Green Energy, which is voluntarily working with the Fish and Wildlife Service, wants the agency to sign off on the company's proposed 50-turbine proje...