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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.


Articles Written by Jonathan Wilson

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Virginia's Governor is proposing an end to the commonwealth's accelerated sales tax for most retailers. The revised budget Gov. Bob McDonnell presents to legislators next week will eliminate the requirement that businesses pay estimated sales taxes early for all but about 200 Virginia retail merchants, freeing up 98 percent of dealers from the budget-balancing tactic that was ...
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The second floor of Crystal Travis-McRae's townhome in Laurel, Md. is about as full of playtime paraphernalia as a room can get. Crayons, light sabers, Dora the Explorer dolls... it's all here. And it needs to be. McRae has a 4-year-old son, Mark, along with 2-year old twins: Alec, and his sister, Elle. "I love being a mom, I always wanted to be a mother," she says. "I...
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On this month's edition of Bookend, we'll be looking at a genre that's something of a juggernaut in the publishing industry: the romance novel. It's a type of writing that elicits giggles or sneers among some readers. But there's no question romance writing is hot these days, scooping up a14 percent share of the consumer market in the U.S., the largest of any genre. Metro Connection's...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed a new head of the Governor's Office for Children. O'Malley says Anne Sheridan will lead the office tasked with promoting youth health and wellness and helping to end childhood hunger in Maryland. Sheridan spent the last three years directing Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign in Maryland. She previously worked as a commun...
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It was a big night for Democrats in Richmond as Virginia voters elected Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate and helped President Barack Obama win reelection. Kaine senior campaign advisor Mo Elleithee started off the night expressing confidence that Virginia would end up out of Republicans' grasp, both in the Senate race and the presidential contest. "At the end of the day, t...
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Mike Carter is the founder of the Annapolis Ghost Tour, which he's been running for ten years now. He says tour-goers often fall into one of two camps: eager paranormal enthusiasts, or outright skeptics of anything supernatural. "First and foremost, I think it's extremely relevant — I am a skeptic," Carter says. "That's I think what makes our tour so great — I view it thro...
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In this episode of Bookend we have a real treat: a conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning author Edward P. Jones, the writer behind the novel "The Known World," and two short story collections "All Aunt Hagar's Children" and "Lost in the City," the book that first put him on the literary map. This month marks the 20th anniversary re-release of that first story collection, and Jones ...
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About seven years ago, the laboratory run by Dr. Richard Schlegel at Georgetown University's Department of Pathology developed the technology for the first vaccine for Human Papillomavirus or HPV — a virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Now Dr. Schlegel's lab appears to have made another big discovery — one that could eventually change the way doctors treat all kinds of cancer....
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Richard Crespin had heard his potential business partner, Joiwind Ronen, was pretty liberal. So when they met for the first time, he tried to tone down his own admittedly conservative look. "I actually dressed slightly differently, as not to put it off right away," Crespin says. "I did try to steer clear and try to find issues where we might have some common ground instead of ...
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Soon Virginia residents once again will be able take advantage of the state's two tree nurseries and the horticultural wisdom of the Commonwealth's forestry department. Virginia's Department of Forestry says its online tree seedling store will re-open on Oct. 9. Every year the department offers hardwood and pine bareroot seedlings. The Forestry Department's two tree nurseries ...
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In a split vote earlier this year, Loudoun County supervisors voted to cut funding for a program, which had been working with people convicted of drug-related offenses since 2004. Drug courts are based on the idea that non-violent, drug addicted offenders need intensive treatment and close supervision to break the cycle of addiction-driven behavior. Now, county government programs get...
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A lot has changed at The Potomac School in McLean, Va. since I graduated in 1998: new buildings, a bigger student body. Yes, I'm an alum, and yes, that's probably one of the reasons Charlotte Nelsen, the school's director of admissions, agreed to give me just a little insight into exactly what it's like to decide which children are Potomac material. "...
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A conservative organization has released state inspection reports detailing multiple health and safety violations at three Virginia abortion clinics, but clinic officials say the reports don't tell the whole story, according to the Associated Press. The Family Foundation of Virginia obtained the reports through the state's open-records law and distributed them to media outlets...
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The Metropolitan Police Department says 19 people have been rescued after a boat overturned in the Potomac River. A police spokesman says a vessel he described as a dragon boat, or large racing boat, capsized before 2 p.m. Saturday. The department's harbor unit responded and rescued all 19 people aboard. No injuries were reported. The cause wasn't immediately clear, t...
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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched a website to assist homeowners, gardeners and others on the safe use of pesticides. The department created the site after staff in its office of pesticide services concluded a lot of pesticides information needed correcting. Commissioner Matt Lohr ...
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Howard County and the city of Columbia, Md. are exploring the idea of a Bikeshare program. If it moves forward, the bike sharing program could set the model for suburban bike sharing across the region. Jonathan Wilson takes a closer look at the proposal and talks with planners, residents and a national Bikeshare expert (who also happens to be a Columbia resident) about the challenges a...
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Attorneys for Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union want a federal appeals court in Virginia to rule that clicking the "Like" button on the social networking site is constitutionally protected speech, the Associated Press reports.  The case revolves around six Hampton Sheriff's Department employees fired by Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts after they supported his o...
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Federal workers are feeling increasingly frustrated as the nation debates how to create a smaller, more efficient federal government. And it's not often that the voices of actual federal workers get heard in that discussion. That truth is all the more striking in the National Capital Region -- where our economy largely depends on a stable federal workforce. We'll talk with federal emplo...
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Federal Spending And The D.C. Area Stories for this series were informed by more than 100 sources through WAMU 88.5's Public Insight Network. Part 1: ...
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In our monthly series on D.C.'s literary scene, Metro Connection’s Jonathan Wilson talks with writer H.G. Carrillo, author of the 2004 debut novel Loosing My Espanish. The Cuban-born author looks back on that book, and talks about his next work, tentatively titled Twilight of the Small Havanas. He also expla...