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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.


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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...
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As Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) prepares for his re-election bid this year, he enjoys some high favorability ratings among Virginia voters. A January poll from Christopher Newport University reported that 63 percent of Virginia voters approved of his work as a Senator, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. But, according to National Journal Hotline’s chief political ...
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There will be normal Metrorail service this weekend for most of the system, but there are some exceptions. The first difference: Metro system will open two hours early tomorrow at 5 a.m. to help runners get to the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in Washington. After the early opening, Metro says that except for two stations, trains will run at normal intervals on four of its five rail ...
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Following the guilty plea of local businessman Jeffrey Thompson, D.C. has been grappling with legal questions surrounding campaign funding. Meanwhile, a case that could change how campaign financing works nationally has taken a surprising turn. The case before the Federal Elections Commission centers on whether the conservative organization Crossroads GPS can make political...
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A group of Democratic senators including Ben Cardin of Maryland and Tim Kaine of Virginia are preparing for an all-nighter at the Capitol tonight. Senators say they plan to hold the floor until at least 9 a.m. Tuesday morning to get the issue of climate change on Congress’s agenda. Roll Call's Hawkings Here columni...
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The Metro Center rail station will be closed this weekend for upgrades to signage and lighting. Red Line trains will run on a normal weekend schedule, but starting at 10 p.m. Friday will pass through Metro Center without stopping. Blue and Orange Line trains will run only once every 2...
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he apologized Thursday to his colleague Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) for cutting him off at a hearing earlier this week. His apology came after the U.S. House voted down a resolution that would have condemned the Republican congressman's behavior. In a Wednesday hearing, Rep. Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, turn...