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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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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...
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Small federal contractors in Virginia are bracing for the impact of sequestration, and those that provide tech support to federal agencies worry that they could be the first budget item on the chopping block. Staci Redmon is the president and CEO of Strategy and Management Services, or SAMS, headquartered in Springfield, Va. The company provides IT and other management suppo...
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Eric Powell is sitting in front of three poetry coaches interviewing to be a part of the D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team. He's articulate, but nervous. "Like any social justice issue that I be talking about, people tell me that I come across as the angry black man, when I'm talking about topics that I'm passionate about," Powell says with a laugh. Powell, a short 15-year-o...
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Arlington County board members are considering an increase in the average property bill amounting to $22 a month for the coming fiscal year. At the same time, some in the county say the economic uncertainty for residents is palpable. The rush hour on Crystal City streets is just as busy as ever, but the story isn't the same in some of Crystal City's office buildings, where...
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Maryland auditors have released a report citing more than $3 million in potential overpayments to contractors made by the University of Maryland University College, whose president resigned last year for undisclosed reasons. The audit noted that the University System of Maryland began a review of UMUC operations in January of last year. It examined spending between July 2007 a...
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Manil Suri is the acclaimed author of three novels, The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi, which was just released this month. All of the novels take place in Suri's native country, India, but the author has called the D.C. suburbs home for more than 30 years. Metro Connection's Jonathan Wilson talks with him about balancing his writing life with his other life as...
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Professor Joseph Fortunak empties a bag of round tablets onto a desk in a basement chemistry lab at Howard University. The tablets are chalky white, with little beige speckles... the bulbous little white discs are a lot larger than the generic aspirin found at a local drug store, but they still look small enough to swallow without much effort. "These are tablets of Amodiaquine...
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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 ...