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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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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...
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A man from Virginia will spend 18 months in prison after admitting he spied on U.S.-based Syrian dissidents for the Syria's current government. Mohamad Soueid of Leesburg pleaded guilty earlier this year to acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Syrian government, but his guilty plea had been under seal until today, when he was sentenced in federal court in Alexandria....
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It's almost as if the Wonder Bread building finally caught the revitalization bug that's been making its way around the block. Behind the old factory is the newly restored Howard Theatre, and next to it, a gleaming modern structure soon to be the new home of the United Negro College Fund. The Wonder Bread building doesn't exactly look good, yet. A month ago, Douglas Developmen...
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Key players in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay are meeting in northern Virginia today to assess the progress of the ongoing project. The annual meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Program's executive council is at Gunston Hall near Mount Vernon. Those scheduled to attend include Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and D...
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Hundreds of thousands of residents in Virginia are coping without air conditioning, and some will have to wait until the weekend to have their power restored following the violent storms that knocked out power to more than 2 million people in the area. Dominion customers are understandably impatient to have their power restored, but it takes some time, explains Dominion Virgin...
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The range of subjects Kim Roberts tackles in her poetry is vast. In her latest book, "Animal Magnetism," one can find meditations on the frailty of the human body, imaginary husbands, and golden retrievers. And sitting in her living room, Roberts says her house, her street-- places she spends her daily life--inform her poetry as much as anything else. "I'm a poet who is very m...
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With the proliferation of hospital dramas on primetime television, it's very easy to forget just how quiet the night shift in a hospital can be. But inside the Cardiac ICU at Children's National Medical Center--the only ICU in the D.C. area that focuses specifically on cardiac patients--it's often quiet and harrowing at the same time. On this particular night, Dr. Crai...
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The winter weather advisory that was issued Wednesday morning for the D.C. region has been discontinued in the D.C. area except for Frederick and Carroll counties through 8 p.m. Light snow has already started to fall in Loudoun County and western Maryland and but the expected accumulation in D.C. and the surrounding areas is looking less likely. The D.C. government is still ad...
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Loudoun County's school board has voted to eliminate nearly 70 positions for the coming school year, and that wasn't the only tough budget choice board members made at the meeting. In total, Loudoun school board members shaved $11 million off of Superintendent Ed Hatrick's proposed $831 million budget. Large chunks of savings come from cutting the district's elementa...
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After putting off a vote for weeks, the Loudoun County, Va. school board is expected to cast a final vote on a budget Tuesday night. The budget is expected to include some controversial proposals. The school district is facing an estimated $36 million budget shortfall, and because of that, many school board members are looking for savings beyond what Superintendent Ed Hatrick'...