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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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Sometime in the next few months, the U.S. Forest Service will announce whether it's going to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within Virginia's George Washington National Forest. It wouldn't be the first national forest to allow fracking, but advocates on both sides of the debate view the looming decision as crucial. The forest service was originally scheduled to del...
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In our monthly look at the D.C. literary scene, we'll meet A.X. Ahmad, author of the new thriller "The Caretaker." The novel centers on the story of a former Indian Army Special Forces captain trying to carve out a new life on the island of Martha's Vineyard, when that elite military training suddenly comes in handy. Jonathan Wilson met Ahmad downtown at one of his favorite writing sp...
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In just a few days, Dominion Virginia Power must lay out its 15-year plan for providing power to Virginia residents for state leaders. But this week a coalition of environmental groups is calling out the utility for favoring fossil fuels over renewable resources. The coalition, which includes the Sierra Club the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, hired three independent cons...
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Maryland's Agriculture Department has withdrawn its request to seek emergency status on proposed regulations on fertilizer use aimed at reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution. The department announced it was pulling back the request just two days before a legislative panel was scheduled to take up the proposal. The department sought emergency status because officials wante...
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When Crystal Travis decided to start a family, she chose to use a surrogate — one who lived halfway around the world, in India. Travis says the experience was so positive that she now works to facilitate surrogacy for other families around the world. Jonathan Wilson delves into the choice to use a surrogate, and how that already complicated decision is further intensified when the w...
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China is already the leading market for the Virginia's agricultural export — buying approximately $638 million of farm and forest products in 2012. Gov. Bob McDonnell says a Chinese company plans to buy $8 million bushels of soybeans from Perdue Agribusiness over the next year. He says the agreement is the result of meetings during a trade and marketing mission to Asia las...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has named 11 people to serve on a task force that will look for new and different ways to fund local and regional transportation projects. The governor's former chief of staff, Matthew Gallagher, will chair the Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force. Gallagher is president of the Goldseker Foundation, a Baltimore grant-making group...
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President Obama has made good on a three-year-old promise to use solar power in the White House. Solar panels have begun to be installed on the White House's roof, the first time solar power will be used for a president's living quarters. The work makes good on a nearly three-year-old promise by the Obama administration to have panels on the White House by the spring of 2011...
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The pond is at the top of the park service's list for construction upgrades.The District's Department of the Environment says blue-green algae is to blame for killing nearly one thousand fish in a pond on the National Mall. Researchers from the DDOE tested the waters at Constitution Gardens pond this morning as a crew from the National Park Service waded in to clean up the tho...
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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. Jonathan Wilson gets to know this full-time foster dad and the people who help him do his...
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Virginia wines are continuing to sell at a record-breaking pace. Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia wineries sold more than 511,000 cases in the fiscal year that ended June 30, eclipsing the record set last year. Export sales jumped more than 74 percent, and McDonnell says new sales to China accounted for a significant portion of those sales. Virginia rece...
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Virginia's agriculture industry is extending its reach into Chinese markets. China is already the leading market for the commonwealth's agricultural exports, buying approximately $638 million of farm and forest product in 2012. Gov. Bob McDonnell says a Chinese company plans to buy 8 million bushels of soybeans from Perdue Agribusiness over the next year. McDon...
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A giant northern snakehead snagged by a Spotsylvania County plumber is being hailed as a world record. The 17-pound, six-ounce monster was hauled in by 27-year-old Caleb Newton in Aquia Creek on June 1. The International Game Fish Association has confirmed the record catch. It beat a 17-pound, four-ounce snakehead caught in Japan in 2004. The International Game Fi...
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There's been a dramatic increase in the number of dolphin corpses washing ashore on Virginia beaches, and federal scientists are trying to find out why. Most years, about 65 dead dolphins are found in the surf. Marine biologists say dolphin strandings historically peak in May and June. In July, however, 44 dolphins were found dead, pushing the yearly total past the century mar...
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The controversial "drum major" inscription has been removed from the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. Lei Yixin, the master sculptor behind the memorial, says the controversy surrounding the paraphrased quotation did not surprise him, because all art provokes ...
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After a few years of collecting samples, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is getting closer to discovering why yellow perch, which spawn in the rivers feeding into the Chesapeake Bay, have been reproducing at lower and lower levels. We'll ride along with FWS scientist Fred Pinckney as he goes out to collect more samples, and hear him explain what environmental contaminants are likel...
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Civil liberties and gay-rights groups are challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban in court. The ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal say they will file the lawsuit today, arguing that the 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage and denying recognition of such marriages sanctioned by other states is unconstitutional. A Norfolk couple already i...
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A team of scientists is looking into the effects Superstorm Sandy had on birds and plants in tidal marshes from Maine to Virginia. The project encompasses hundreds of marshes along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coast. Already-completed field work on an unrelated study of those marshes provided researchers with pre-storm information from just two months before San...
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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...