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Matt McCleskey

Local Host, Morning Edition

McCleskey joined the WAMU staff in 2004 and moved to the morning shift in 2008. For many WAMU listeners, Matt's voice is the first thing they hear each day.

McCleskey also has worked as a producer and reporter at KQED-FM in San Francisco and as an assistant producer at NPR's Newscast Unit in Washington. He has been a freelance producer and reporter for many other public radio projects and programs, including PRI's the World and Soundprint. He enjoys working with sound in many formats. He's a musician and producer of original music, and has enjoyed helping with sound design for several very far off-Broadway theater productions.

McCleskey holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Articles Written by Matt McCleskey

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Anger erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, last night after a grand jury in St. Louis County decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Here in Washington, President Obama urged calm, while protesters gathered outside the White House. Barbara Arnwine is president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Ri...
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This week we've been bringing you stories from El Salvador, where WAMU 88.5 Senior Reporter Armando Trull has been reporting on some of the factors pushing young people to flee Central America for the United States. We've heard about the country's bloody civil war, we've heard from former ga...
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After more than three decades representing Northern Virginia on Capitol Hill, Republican Congressman Frank Wolf is retiring at the end of this session. He speaks with WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about his time in Congress and what his departure means for Northern Virginia. ...
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Over the summer, WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull has been reporting on the undocumented Central American youth pouring into our region. This week, Armando is in El Salvador, where he's reporting on the other side of the immigration crisis. Armando joins Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey from San Salvador to discuss what he's hear...
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On Capitol Hill, members of Congress are heading back to work this week, including Democrat Jim Moran, who has represented Northern Virginia for the past 23 years. Earlier this year Moran announced he would not seek reelection. He joined WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition host to discuss his time in Congress, and what his departure means for Northern Virginia. ...
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After seven years of federal oversight, the U.S. Justice Department says St. Elizabeths Hospital in southeast Washington has improved conditions to the point where it no longer needs court-mandated supervision. St. Elizabeths CEO Dr. Patrick Canavan joined WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey to talk about the future of the 150-year-old psychiatric hospital....
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Scheduled track work could leave some Metro passengers with a longer wait on the platform this weekend. Blue Line trains will be running just once every 24 minutes all weekend while crews inspect and repair the tunnel between Stadium Armory and Addison Road. Silver Line trains will be on a normal schedule, but will only go as far east as Stadium Armory. Passengers headed be...
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Forty-seven years ago today, bluegrass music was first heard on the airwaves of WAMU. What started as a weekly, half-hour radio show has grown into 24-hour programming, heard across the region on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Matt McCleskey spoke with longtime Bluegrass host Katy...
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Scheduled maintenance will close part of Metro's Red Line in downtown Washington this weekend, with buses replacing trains. The Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations will close for the weekend at midnight. The Red Line platform at Metro Center will be closed, too, as crews work to renovate the stations' ceilings and communication systems. Free shuttle buses wil...
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Even though we're months away from D.C.'s mayoral election, the race has gotten more interesting over the past couple of weeks, with former council member and mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz announcing she's making another run this year. In this race, Schwartz joins candidates including Independent ...
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The list of candidates for D.C. mayor expanded last week when former council member Carol Schwartz announced she's getting into the race. She joins, among some others, Independent At-Large Council member David Catania, and Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser, the winner of the Democratic Primary in April. In the run-up to the mayoral election, WAMU Morning Edition host Matt ...
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Scheduled track work could make for a longer than usual wait on the Metro platform this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Orange Line trains will run just once every 24 minutes all weekend. Blue Line and Yellow Line trains will run once every 20 minutes. On the Red Line, trains will run from end to end just once every 20 minutes, but Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun...
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Scheduled track work around the Metro system could make for a longer than usual wait on the station platform this weekend. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Orange Line trains will run just once every 24 minutes all weekend. Blue line trains will operate once every 20 minutes, and Yellow Line trains will be on the same schedule, running once every 20 minutes. Yellow Line...
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At-Large D.C. Council member David Catania sat down with WAMU host Matt McCleskey to discuss his decision to run for Mayor of D.C., explain his stance on a variety of issues — including the Gray Administration's school boundary proposals, the ...
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Metro's weekend track work is set to continue over Memorial Day, and there will be some changes to service around the rail system. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday and lasting through Monday, Red Line trains will run end to end between Shady Grove and Glenmont just once every 20 minutes. But each day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., extra trains will run between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gal...
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Scheduled track work will cause delays around the Metro system this weekend, but some planned work is being cancelled because of this week's wet weather. Metro had been planning to close the Greenbelt station with buses replacing Green Line trains between there and College Park, but the transit agency decided to cancel that plan due to the heavy rainfall earlier this week. S...
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President Obama is planning to sign two executive orders promoting equal pay for female employees of federal contractors this week, and in conjunction with that announcement, Senate Democrats are hoping to take up a bill that Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has been pushing for several years. The bill, called the Paycheck Fairness Act, hopes to eliminate pay disparities between men and ...
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School officials in Virginia's Loudoun County are considering closing four small schools in the western part of the county. The Loudoun County School Board is thinking about closing Lincoln, Hamilton, Hillsboro and Aldie elementary schools to help close a budget gap. Board Chairman Eric Hornberger says closing the four schools could save an estimated $2 million a y...
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Additional Coverage Election Live-Blog Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary ...
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On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are mounting two separate efforts that call for a closer look into efficiency in the federal government — with one focusing on how the government processes retirement claims and the other looking at how federal employee morale affects the government’s ability to do its job. Meanwhile, in the District, Democratic voters will soon head to the pol...