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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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Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney discuss this week's top political stories in the region. The presidential race is tightening up in the battleground state of Virginia, as WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden ...
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Alexandria, Virginia, has joined a growing number of cities voting to remove monuments to their Confederate past. The Alexandria City Council voted on Sept. 17 to rename Jefferson Davis Highway and to seek authorization to move a statue of a Confederate soldier from a bus...
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Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney discuss this week's top political stories in the region. Alexandria, Virginia, is gearing up for a City Council debate this weekend over its public monuments to the Confederacy. A Confederate memorial ...
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The glory days of Washington's football team are a distant memory to many fans in the region. But after a solid showing last year, in which the team won the division title, there could be reason to hope again. Washington Post sportswriter Liz Clarke speaks with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey ...
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Pat Murphy, E.d.D., Superintendent of Arlington County Schools. Arlington County Superintendent Patrick Murphy talks to Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the biggest ...
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Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney discuss this week's top political stories in the region. Federal prosecutors say they are dr...
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Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney discuss this week's top political stories in the region. For the first time, Mayland students will go back to school after Labor Day next year. WAMU's Ally Schweitzer ...
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Metro has reached a halfway point of sorts, completing about eight of its planned SafeTrack "maintenance surges," but there are many months of single-tracking and shutdowns ahead. WAMU 88.5's Martin Di Caro and Matt McCleskey explain what's waiting in September and beyond (including a big shutdown of the Red Line). For more coverage of SafeTrack, be sure to listen to the ...
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The youngest Virginia delegate at the Democratic National Convention, Steven Yeung, talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about the proceedings this week in Philadelphia, and how he might have to do some campaigning for Hillary Clinton in his own household. (Yeung...
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Democrats are gearing up for their national convention in Philadelphia this week, and delegates from our region are there representing D.C., Maryland, and the presidential battleground state of Virginia. WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey talks with a delegate from the commonwealth — Kandy Hilliard, a former member of the Stafford County Board of...
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What does Washington sound like? Capital Soundtrack, a new music project from WAMU 88.5, explores that question. This summer, we’re turning over our airwaves to musicians from D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We’re doing that by overhauling the sounds you hear during our talk shows and news breaks, dedicating all of our interlude music to local artists. On Morning Editio...
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Maryland's presidential primaries went largely as expected, with front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump winning by solid margins Tuesday. Marylanders also ...
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Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about D.C.'s reaction to a storm on Jan. 20, and how it set the table for the city's response to the weekend's incoming blizzard....
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Days before the Virginia General Assembly gavels into session, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new crackdown on predatory lending. Speaking to Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey this morning, the governor says he wants to c...
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D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser is calling for a radical rethinking of how we drive in the District. Her new Vision Zero proposal aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city by 2024 by slowing cars down and dramatically hiking fines for speeding— among other things — and convinc...
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In the wake of the attacks in Paris and the shootings in San Bernardino, California, many lawmakers say they want a stronger push against ISIS, and some have renewed the call for congressional authorization for ongoing military strikes. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has several military bases in his state and his constituents include many servicemembers — and he's been a leading advocate f...
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"It's tough," Jason Samenow says about predicting winter weather when there's a strong El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean. WAMU 88.5 Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and meteorologist from The Washington Post's ...
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For Tuesday's elections in the commonwealth, a lot of money flowed into campaigns, including millions from Michael Bloomberg's group, Everytown For Gun Safety, which advocates for gun control. Despite the spending on all sides of the election, the state Senate remained in R...
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Earlier this month, it looked like Hurricane Joaquin might bring heavy rains and strong winds to the Washington region. Some computer models had it headed straight for us, but one — the European model — showed it tracking farther out to sea, and that's what wound up happening. The main American model eventually caught up and showed the storm taking same path, but not until a day l...
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The D.C. Public Schools announced some good news this week, with the school system reporting growth in the percentage of students graduating from high school. The system-wide graduation rate is now 64 percent, up from 53 percent in 2011. Chancellor Kaya Henderson ...