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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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Why are there so many reminders of the Confederacy and its flag on Capitol Hill? Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains where they are, and why some are featured so prominently. ...
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The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. continues to improve since an initial thaw late last year. Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia’s 8th district recently returned from a trip to the island nation. The Democrat spoke with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about relations with the Castro regime, as well as two other issues: The crumbling Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River, and the Department...
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In D.C., more than a thousand people are arrested for assaulting a police officer each year — about three times the rate of other big cities. Some defense attorneys allege that the law is being used as a tactic to cover up police abuse and civil-rights violations. Patrick Madden and Christina Davidson reported on the issue in th...
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The U.S. House voted Thursday night along party lines in favor of striking down a D.C. law banning discrimination over employees' reproductive decisions. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act was passed by the D.C. Council earlier this year and drew criticism from social conservatives...
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Roll Call's David Hawkings explains the Capitol Hill publication's Clout Index....
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Roll Call columnist David Hawkings discusses how Democrats are eyeing the House seat of freshman Republican Barbara Comstock, whose Virginia district is considered one of the most "purple" on the East Coast. ...
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Metro Connection Segments Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea ...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser laid out an ambitious goal during her state of the District speech this week: ending family homelessness in the city by 2018 and chronic homelessness by 2025. On Tuesday, her administration finalized a plan. Kristy Greenwalt, who oversa...
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Why are Republicans Ted Cruz and James Lankford trying to stop two D.C. laws that concern abortion rights and LGBT policies at religious colleges? Roll Call columnist David Hawkings talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about those issues, and also about recent statements by Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen on the future of So...
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For the past three years, the government of Maryland essentially banned hydraulic fracturing or fracking while the state weighed the risks and advantages of the controversial method of extracting natural gas. Now, that temporary moratorium is over and lawmakers ...
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The 2010 health care law known as the Affordable Care Act goes before the U.S. Supreme Court again on Wednesday, in a case that could upend one of the central components of the law. The four plaintiffs challenging Obamacare all hail from Virginia. Joining WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey to talk about the case was Stephanie Men...
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Under the 2010 health care law called the Affordable Care Act, small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can enroll in the D.C. health insurance exchange. But more than 13,000 employees of the U.S. Congress are also enrolled in the exchange. Roll Call reporter Bridge...
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WAMU 88.5 listeners know Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis as a regular guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, where he often helps to interview figures from D.C. politics and government. DeBonis sat down with WAMU's Matt McCleskey to reflect on his tenure covering the District's often tumultuous political scene, and to talk about his new beat, covering Congress for the ...
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Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined WAMU 88.5's Matt McClesky for a conversation about U.S. policy toward Cuba. Van Hollen was one of three members of Congress to fly home from Cuba with released prisoner Alan Gross in December. Diplomatic talks between the two nations began Thursday in Havana....
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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....