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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 this edition of Bookend, Jonathan Wilson sits down with debut novelist Elliott Holt. Holt's novel, You Are One of Them, is set both in Washington, D.C. — Holt's hometown — and in Moscow, where she worked for many years in the advertising industry. Metro Connection's Jonathan Wilson talks to Hold to find out just how hard it was for her to abandon a steady job to pursue her drea...
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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and environmental advocates are calling the auction of a leasing area off Virginia's coast for the development of wind power a milestone. Eight energy companies are expected to bid for right to develop the designated offshore wind area, which measures larger than 112,000 acres. McDonnell calls the auction an "exciting and significa...
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Cathy Wiss is hunched over a table that she's set up on the banks of Ten Mile Creek, peering into a plastic bin filled with what looks, frankly, like nothing more than water, rocks and dirt. "Oh my goodness, here's something I didn't see before... looks kind of interesting," Wiss says. Wiss coordinates the water quality-monitoring program for the Audubon Naturalist Soc...
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Margaret Wohler's aim wasn't to become that crazy bike lady "I think the quickest way to get turned off to whatever you embrace is to just talk about it too much, or become 'that bike lady,'" says Wohler. "I don't want to have that happen." In fact, she says she's always regarded her decision to dump driving for pedaling as a personal challenge and not a polit...
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Virginia has begun its largest oyster replenishment in history. Natural Resources Secretary Doug Domenech says the aim is to dredge up one million bushels of empty oyster shells to redistribute on public oyster grounds. Domenech says the end of July, roughly one billion oyster shells will have been returned to public oyster grounds in the James River, Mobjack Bay, the York R...
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Though author Howard Norman has long called the D.C. area home, he’s best known for novels that examine how the intersections of love and violence play out against the stark backdrop of Canada’s maritime provinces. But his latest book is a memoir examining how strange — and sometimes violent events — have shaped his own life. That includes the murder-suicide committed by the p...
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Virginia Tech entomologist Ames Herbert is leading me into a soybean field outside the tiny town of Emporia. He reaches down to examine the stems of the 2-foot-tall plants, looking for clusters of the Asian kudzu bug. But at the moment, it's another insect that has him regretting his decision to wear shorts. "I tell you what, you got some healthy mosquitoes out here," he says....
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One family in Sterling, Virginia is still dealing with the effects of yesterday's severe weather. Here on White Oak Drive in Sterling, large oak trees toppled by strong winds landed on two neighboring homes. People were inside both houses when the trees fell, but no one was injured. One of the homes has been declared uninhabitable by Loudoun County officials. Anjel...
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The Wildlife Center of Virginia has been rehabilitating injured native animals for decades, and for the past 12 years a non-releasable great horned owl has been helping out. Papa G'Ho, as he's known, has acted as a surrogate parent for more than two dozen owlets that have come through the center. "He is a rather large Great Horned Owl with a lot of attitude," says Amanda Nich...
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You might think of College Park as a basketball town. You could also make a case for women's lacrosse — that program has won ten national championships. Associate professor of soil science, Brian Needelman, is a bit of a contrarian, however. "Let me tell you: this is a soil judging town," Needelman says. "When I was student at Penn State we also won a national soil judging c...
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Marie Arana is the former editor-in-chief of the Washington Post Book World, and is a literary fixture in the D.C. region. During her 17 years at the Post, Arana shaped the city's bookworm tendencies. She has also helped plan literary events for the Kennedy Center, organized the National Book Festival, and written a memoir and a couple of novels of her own. Her latest work is a biogra...
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Robert T. Brown eases his 42-foot, bay-built fishing boat away from his property along St. Patrick's Creek in St. Mary's County. The 63-year-old Brown, or Robert T., as his friends call him, is headed about five miles out toward the mouth of the Potomac River, to check on one of his fishing nets. And if you think 63 sounds a little old for a commercial fisherman, you'...
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Deep within the bowels of the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, scientists at the Feather ID Lab have spent the past four decades studying what happens when humans and birds compete for the same airspace... it's the often messy science of bird-plane collisions, or birdstrikes. The lab has no shortage of work helping the military and civilian airports determine which bir...
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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...