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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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One of Washington, D.C.'s industrial zones may soon be headed for a makeover. It sits in the center of Ward 5, just off New York Avenue, and a newly formed mayoral task force is looking at make the neighborhood greener and more modern while still keeping it business-friendly. But smack in the middle of all the old industrial buildings, some hopping party venues are putting old warehou...
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Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, and while Redskins fans may have little to cheer about at the moment... for our Baltimore listeners, it's a different story altogether. The Ravens is in New Orleans, and will be playing in the Super Bowl. But just as Ravens fans are clinging to the possibility of a victory this weekend, it also looks like they'll have to let go of ...
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In this edition of Bookend, it's double the fun as Jonathan Wilson talks with Frances and Ginger Park. They're sisters, and business partners — co-owners of the city's oldest independent chocolate shop: Chocolate Chocolate. They've had their sweets shop since 1984, but the sisters also write as a team, crafting memoirs and a number of children's books together, focusing on their Kor...
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Every four years this town puts its best foot forward for another Presidential Inauguration. Back in 2008, the historic election of Barack Obama that meant the pressure was on for the folks in charge of putting the city's best food forward: caterers. Ridgewells Catering CEO Susan Lacz is making her way through the maze of kitchens at the company's headquarters. Staffers here a...
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The National Geographic Channel's reality show Doomsday Preppers leans toward the sensational, focusing on people who, for instance, hoard surgical masks in preparation for a global pandemic or have mastered the art of making fertilizer out of their own fecal matter to sustain their food crops. But the truth is that there are plenty of preppers who aren't quite so extreme, or ...
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The Virginia State Parks system wants to help residents kick off the new year with some healthy activity. The commonwealth's parks system is participating in a national program called First Day Hikes, calling on Virginians to spend time hiking in state parks on the first day of 2013. All 35 state parks have special programming on New Year's Day, says Virginia Department of Con...
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Those trying to fight off the winter chill with a chilled beverage of their own should be aware that the SoberRide program will be in effect tonight. The program offers free taxi trips home for those who may have reveled a bit too much This holiday season the Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering the SoberRide Program to local residents. It pays for up to a $30 taxi ...
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Emergency preparedness could have avoided the dangerous position Prince George's County firefighters were put in while battling a fire in Temple Hills yesterday, according fire department officials. Three firefighters suffered burns while trying to contain a basement fire. All three are expected to make full recoveries from their burns, but Prince George's county fire departme...
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The overnight shift in the cardiac ICU at Children's National Medical Center requires doctors and nurses to be at the top of their game. Even on slow nights, staffers say communication is key. Jonathan Wilson goes on rounds and talks with doctors, nurses and relatives of patients about how they stay calm and alert while caring for very sick kids late at night. ...
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To close out the year, we thought we'd do something a little different, and turn from local authors to perhaps the city's most prominent book critic, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda of the Washington Post, and the New York Review of Books, just to name a few. Jonathan Wilson talked with the man often known as "the best-read man in America," at his home in Silver Spring. Following...
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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 ...